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Wednesday 29 Oct 2014

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University Challenge: a joint statement from the BBC and Granada

Following an investigation into the eligibility of a competitor in this year's University Challenge, the BBC and Granada today issued a joint statement, which reads as follows:

The University Challenge rules on student eligibility are that students taking part must be registered at their university or college for the duration of the recording of the series. Whilst obviously not intending to, Corpus Christi broke this important rule where other universities and colleges taking part adhered to it. We therefore find ourselves in the regrettable position of having no choice but to disqualify Corpus Christi from the final. This means they forfeit their hard-fought title which now goes to the Manchester University team.

In response, a statement from Corpus Christi College, Oxford reads:

Our students entered University Challenge in good faith. The team had a wonderful run and we are, of course, disappointed to be losing the title.

The team member concerned, Sam Kay, said: "I hugely regret not confirming my change of status to the University Challenge programme makers before the final rounds. I had honestly believed I was eligible as I had indicated my course dates when I applied. I can only apologise to the other competitors and especially to my team as it was never my intention to mislead anyone."

The University of Manchester team captain, Matthew Yeo, said: "While we accept the decision of the University Challenge judges, we are saddened to have been awarded the trophy under such circumstances.

"As far as Simon, Henry, Reuben and I are concerned the final was a great experience and we believe Corpus Christi College were outstanding opponents."

KT

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