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Ulster University team reach quarter finals of University Challenge

A team of students from Northern Ireland have made the quarter finals of University Challenge following a grilling from Jeremy Paxman.

With an average age of 50, the Ulster University team is the oldest in the competition.

They took on the 2007 champions, Warwick University on Monday night and were victorious with a score of 170 to 140.

It's the first time UU has entered a team in the highbrow BBC quiz

They lost to Edinburgh University by just five points in the competition's first round, but posted the highest losing score in six years.

As the first round's highest scoring losers, the team were given a second chance under the competition's rules.

And they scored a convincing second round victory over Oxford's St Anne's College.

Their performance was viewed by a television audience of nearly 3 million, the highest audience for any programme on BBC2 that week.

The UU team consists of captain Iain Jack from Peterhead in Aberdeenshire; Kate Ritchie from Waringstown, Co Armagh; Cathal McDaid from Buncrana, Co Donegal, and Matthew Milliken from Comber, Co Down.

They all study at different UU campuses and had to travel miles to get together to practise.

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