University Challenge

Rise to the challenge and be part of UEA's University Challenge team!

What is University Challenge? 

University Challenge is the largest inter-university competition in the United Kingdom, and is a highly prestigious event broadcasted across the nation! This year, the SU is putting a team together from across the University to compete for the title, and we are looking for you to join us! Whether you're looking for the glory, to test yourself, or just to have some fun, University Challenge is a great way to build your confidence and meet new people! 

No matter what your specialist subject, we are looking for five individuals (four team members, one reserve member) to represent UEA and take us to the top!

Undergraduates, postgraduates and doctoral students are all invited to join the process!


Eligibility Criteria

To apply for the tryouts, you need to meet the following criteria:

  • You must not have appeared on a televised version of University Challenge before. 
  • You must be a student (defined as enrolled at UEA, or recognised course of study at UEA).
  • Your final award must not have been conferred upon you.
  • You must be available to attend all of the live TV recording sessions between February and April 2019. Overseas students that are available at these times are welcome to join!
  • Sabbatical students, whether taking a paid or unpaid leave, are NOT permitted to join. 


If you meet all the criteria above, please complete the survey below to apply for one of the  application tryouts. If you do not complete the application, we cannot consider you!


The Application Process

To get started, you first need to complete the application form (below). Applications close at midnight on Friday 19th of October. Please make sure your application is completed before then to be in with a chance of competing in the live shows!You will then be invited to the first of two rounds of tryouts

The First Trial - The first will be a written test, where you must answer as many questions as you can in a time limit. These are taking place on October 24th (Weds) at 12:20pm, October 25th (Thurs) at 5:30pm and October 26th (Thurs) at 5:30pm. We will then look through the results and your applications, and invite the strongest applicants back for the second round.  

The Second trial -This a live show simulation. In teams of four, you will compete in an identical format to the live shows. We will be looking to see your team dynamic, speed and knowledge.

We will then invite the strongest candidates to join the team. You will then be invited to attend an interview at the BBC to compete on the live shows. 


Ready to get started? Complete the form below to be invited to a tryout!


If you have any questions relating to the show, please contact Dale Thomas ([email protected]).