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UEL students make history by qualifying for TV rounds of University Challenge for first time

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UEL quartet will face the University of Glasgow in brainpower test on 10 October

A group of University of East London (UEL) students have shown impressive brainpower by becoming the first UEL team in history to qualify for the televised rounds of the hit BBC 2 quiz show, University Challenge.

The four students were one of 28 teams selected for the 2016-17 series out of the 130 universities who applied.

They were chosen after making it through a tough audition at London’s South Bank Studios which included a 40-question general knowledge test and a team interview.

The UEL quartet are due to make their TV appearance on 10 October when they take on the University of Glasgow in the last of the first-round matches.

The series, which is hosted by quizmaster Jeremy Paxman, began airing on July 11 when Bristol University triumphed over the University of Sheffield.

Since then, there have also been first-round victories for Corpus Christi College, Oxford, the University of Warwick, Peterhouse College, Cambridge and Oriel College, Oxford.

The 28 universities or colleges who qualified for the TV series include six Cambridge and five Oxford colleges. UEL is the only post-1992 university to make it through to the televised rounds

The identity of the UEL team is currently under a news embargo but more information will be released in the run-up to the match on 10 October.