Starter for ten, fingers on the buzzers University of Nottingham

Jeremy Paxman 
19 Dec 2012 16:15:05.623
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Four prominent University of Nottingham alumni will do battle with alumni from Newnham College, Cambridge, on Friday night in a special Christmas edition of the famous television quiz show University Challenge.

The show, which normally sets teams of undergraduates from various universities against each other in a test of general knowledge, is this time turning its attention to famous former students. The programme has featured current University of Nottingham students several times in the past but this is the first that former students have represented their alma mater
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The Nottingham team is made up of England rugby legend and sports commentator Brian Moore (Law 1984 Hon LLD 2010), John Timpson CBE (Industrial Economics 1964) Chief Executive of the famous high street business Timpson, BBC One Show natural history presenter and ecologist Mike Dilger (Botany 1988) and the clinical psychologist, author and broadcaster Oliver James (Child Psychology MA 1979).

This special series of matches features teams of distinguished people from 14 UK universities all looking to progress to a second round of the competition. These include Liverpool, Leeds, Bristol, Cardiff, LSE, Newcastle, Loughborough and New College, Oxford.

Other university celebrities taking part include: Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson, Kate Mosse, Loyd Grossman, Bill Turnbull, Jay Rayner and Alistair McGowan and Diane Abbott.

The winners will go through to a semi-final.

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Notes to editors: The University of Nottingham, described by The Sunday Times University Guide 2011 as ‘the embodiment of the modern international university’, has 40,000 students at award-winning campuses in the United Kingdom, China and Malaysia. It is ranked in the UK's Top 10 and the World's Top 75 universities by the Shanghai Jiao Tong (SJTU) and the QS World University Rankings. It was named ‘the world’s greenest university’ in the UI GreenMetric World University Ranking 2011.

More than 90 per cent of research at The University of Nottingham is of international quality, according to the most recent Research Assessment Exercise. The University’s vision is to be recognised around the world for its signature contributions, especially in global food security, energy & sustainability, and health. The University won a Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education in 2011, for its research into global food security.

Impact: The Nottingham Campaign, its biggest ever fund-raising campaign, will deliver the University’s vision to change lives, tackle global issues and shape the future. More news

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More information is available from Simon Harvey, the Campaign and Alumni Relations Office on +44 (0)115 951 3690; or Tim Utton, Deputy Director of Communications at The University of Nottingham on +44 (0)115 846 8092 or
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Email: Phone: +44 (0)115 846 8092 Location: University Park

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