Magdalen College wins University Challenge for Fourth Time

Rhodes Scholar Kyle Haddad-Fonda One of Four Team Members
University of Oxford Alumni News

A team from Oxford’s Magdalen College has beaten the University of York in the Final of the University Challenge competition. This is the fourth time Magdalen has won University Challenge – no other institution has won it more than two times.

The team was made up of undergraduates Matthew Chan and Will Cudmore and graduates Kyle Haddad-Fonda and James McComish.

Magdalen College, Oxford managed to maintain their early lead and won with 290 points to York University’s 85 points. The award was presented by author and historian Antony Beevor.

Magdalen’s team set a new record for the most University Challenge wins by a single institution, having previously won the trophy in 1997, 1998 and 2004.

Professor David Clary, President of Magdalen College, said: "We are extremely proud of our Magdalen College team winning University Challenge for a record fourth time. The blend of undergraduates and graduates proved to be a winning formula. With Kyle from the USA and James from Australia we have a team which reflects the truly international student composition both at Magdalen and Oxford."

The team played in five matches in the six-month competition, along the way beating Peterhouse College, Cambridge by a hefty margin of 260 to 130 in the semi-final.

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