Corpus Christi college win rescinded

Published March 3, 2009

An investigation into last week’s University Challenge final has resulted in winner’s Corpus Christi having to hand the trophy over to the University of Manchester.

A joint statement from the BBC and Granada reads:

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.

It turns out that team member Sam Kay, who played a vital role in their victory, had graduated on to work at accountants Pricewaterhousecooper.

The Corpus Christi statement simply admitted they were disappointed, the University of Manchester weren’t happy with winning the trophy in such a manner, and Sam Kay apologises to his fellow teammates.

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