BBC Home
Explore the BBC
BBC News
Launch consoleBBC NEWS CHANNEL
Last Updated: Friday, 17 October, 2003, 16:35 GMT 17:35 UK
Take the University challenge quiz
John Major, Richard Branson and Tony Adams
Famous three - which is the odd one out?

With a nod to one of Britain's favourite TV quiz shows, Panorama will examine the Government's proposals to allow universities in England and Wales to charge up to 3000 a year for a course.

Two teams of prominent supporters and opponents of top-up fees will pit their wits against each other.

They will be quizzed in front of an audience of students, parents, teachers and employers on a campus location.

Do you think you could do better than the panel, now here's your chance.

Tackle some of the questions which were used in the Blair's University Challenge programme, which is being broadcast on Sunday, 19 October at 22:15 BST on BBC One.

How much do you know about higher education? Find out if you are a dunce or an Oxford don.

Your starter for 10:
43% of 18 to 30 year olds in England currently go on to higher education. But what percentage went when Tony Blair was a student in the early 1970s?
A: 14%
B: 24%
C: 34%
What was the name of Tony Blair's band at Oxford?
A: Ugly Humour
B: Ugly Rumours
C: Nasty Rumours
Which NUS president in the 1970s wanted to scrap exams, nationalise Oxford and Cambridge and said that introducing student loan system would make education even more the cabbage patch of the middle classes and upper middle classes?
A: Charles Clarke
B: Jack Straw
C: Stephen Twigg
All full-time students in the 70s got tuition fees paid. And unlike today's students, they also got a means tested maintenance grant of up to 430 a year. How much is that roughly in today's money?
A: 2546
B: 3646
C: 4346
At this year's Labour conference, Charles Clarke said: "I intend to give priority to _____ and _____ where the greatest inequality and unfairness can be tackled." Fill in the missing words.
A: the poorest and neediest
B: primary and secondary schools
C: the under 5s and schools
Eight percent of school children in the UK go to private schools. But what percentage of students at Oxford and Cambridge come from private schools?
A: 25%
B: 45%
C: 65%
What does Barclay's Bank say is the average student debt on graduation?
A: 10,000
B: 15,000
C: 20,000
Which of the following is not a degree course at a British University?
A: Aromatherapy
B: Underwear design
C: Turf grass science
D: Convenience food management
According to the government, how much more do graduates earn than non-graduates over a lifetime?
A: 30%
B: 40%
C: 50%
The Government wants 50% of 18-30 year olds to go through higher education. Which of these countries has the highest percentage of young people entering higher education?
A: Finland
B: Japan
C: France
D: Germany
Which one of these people is the odd one out?
A: Richard Branson
B: George Best
C: John Major
D: Tony Adams
Which British University received the most applications in 2003?
A: Leeds
B: Newcastle
C: Nottingham
Which Scottish university saw the biggest rise in demand for places in 2001?
A: St Andrews
B: Edinburgh
C: Glasgow
40% of young men go to university what percentage of young women do?
A: 37%
B: 47%
C: 57%
Finally, a bonus question.
In 2001, 74.1% of Media Studies graduates found jobs within 6 months of leaving university. What percentage of these found jobs within the media sector?
A: 14.2%
B: 25.4%
C: 31.6%

 Press the button and see how you have done

Charles Clarke
17 Oct 03  |  Panorama
Damian Green
21 Oct 02  |  UK Politics
Phil Willis
22 Oct 02  |  UK Politics
Chris Woodhead
17 Oct 03  |  Panorama
Ian Gibson
17 Oct 02  |  UK Politics
Take the University challenge quiz
17 Oct 03  |  Panorama


News Front Page | World | UK | England | Northern Ireland | Scotland | Wales | Politics
Business | Entertainment | Science/Nature | Technology | Health | Education
Have Your Say | Magazine | In Pictures | Week at a Glance | Country Profiles | In Depth | Programmes
Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific