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University Challenge former champions

University Challenge first began in 1962 when Granada Television took the bold step of introducing an intellectual quiz show which was rather less glitzy than the traditional game show formats that had gone before.

After its initial unexpected popularity, the programme was cut in 1987 due to low viewing figures, but was resurrected again by the BBC in 1994 with Jeremy Paxman installed as its new presenter.

Below are the past champions of University Challenge dating back to the very first show.

Original series - presenter - Bamber Gascoigne New series - presenter - Jeremy Paxman
1963 Leicester 1995 Trinity College, Cambridge 2018 St John's College, Cambridge
1965 New College, Oxford 1996 Imperial College, London
1966 Oriel College, Oxford 1997 Magdalen College, Oxford
1967 Sussex 1998 Magdalen College, Oxford
1968 Keele 1999 Open University
1969 Sussex 2000 Durham
1970 Churchill College, Cambridge 2001 Imperial College, London
1971 Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge 2002 Somerville College, Oxford
1972 University College, Oxford 2003 Birkbeck College, London
1973 Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge 2004 Magdalen College, Oxford
1974 Trinity College, Cambridge 2005 Corpus Christi College, Oxford
1975 Keble College, Oxford 2006 Manchester
1976 University College, Oxford 2007 Warwick
1977 Durham 2008 Christ Church, Oxford
1978 Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge 2009 Manchester
1979 Bradford 2010 Emmanuel College, Cambridge
1980 Merton College, Oxford 2011 Magdalen College, Oxford
1981 Queen's University, Belfast 2012 Manchester
1982 St Andrews 2013 Manchester
1983 Dundee 2014 ´╗┐Trinity College, Cambridge
1984 Open University 2015 Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge
1986 Jesus College, Oxford 2016 Peterhouse College, Cambridge
1987 Keble College, Oxford 2017 Balliol College, Oxford