17 Feb 2014
Teams need to win two of three matches at the quarter-final stage in order to progress to the semi-finals. Manchester lost their first quarter-final 285-205 to Trinity College, Cambridge, last month, but will still have a chance to progress if they beat Cardiff in the match to be broadcast on BBC2 at 8.00 tonight.
The current quartet are following in the footsteps of Manchester's victorious teams in the 2012 and 2013 series, both of whom lost a match at the quarter-final stage before going on to take the series title.
This year's team is captained by Elizabeth Mitchell from Birmingham (studying Politics, Philosophy and Economics), and also includes Jonathan Collings from Manchester (studying Geography), Joe Day from Bideford in Devon (studying Physics with Astrophysics) and Edward Woudhuysen from London (studying History). Elizabeth was first reserve for last year’s successful quartet.
Manchester’s winning teams have been brilliantly mentored by long-serving coach Stephen Pearson, who has enjoyed considerable success with University Challenge having captained the team himself in 1996.