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Rules changed for University show

University Challenge final
Corpus Christi had beaten Manchester University by 275 points to 190

Rules for the BBC quiz show University Challenge have been changed after a team was disqualified for using a contestant who was no longer a student.

Production company Granada said it had "scrutinised the rules" and "expanded on the principles that underpinned previous series' of the programme".

University registrars will be required to confirm the eligibility of each contestant prior to each recording.

A replacement will be called in if the team member is no longer studying.

In March, Corpus Christi College, Oxford were disqualified after it was revealed that team member Sam Kay had graduated before the final was filmed.

The other finalists from the University of Manchester were then proclaimed the winners.

'Clarity and confidence'

"We have particularly scrutinised the rules of eligibility in order for the students and universities to have complete clarity and confidence and to avoid any doubt," Granada said.

It added that due to "production requirements and timescales already in place" the next series will be filmed over two academic years but in future filming will take place over one academic year.

Gail Trimble and the winning team from Corpus Christi College
The winning team from Corpus Christi College were disqualified

"Each contestant of entered teams will now be individually responsible for the accuracy of their submission and successful applicants will be required to enter into a Contestant Agreement again incorporating eligibility requirements and quiz rules.

The new guidelines go on to say that "prior to each recording participants will be asked to re-affirm their eligibility to take part and this will be verified by the registrar of their respective universities.

"If they are found to be ineligible to compete, the reserve member will be asked to take their place.

Granada said that with the new procedures in place "we can look forward to a great new series."



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