University Challenge…39 years on

2nd November 2017

News, Alumni news

Some 39 years since he witnessed first-hand a Wadham University Challenge defeat, Richard Senior (French and German, 1977), was selected to take part in the competition, representing Kings College London.

Unfortunately the result was the same, defeat for KCL against Merton College this time, mirroring Wadham’s defeat back in 1978.

Since leaving Wadham, Richard has pursued a successful career in finance and risk management. Now a corporate finance and risk consultant, Richard decided to return to academia part-time, studying for an MA in Eighteenth Century Studies at King’s College London.

“I was surprised and delighted to be selected to represent the 29,000 students of King’s and we were only the third KCL team in 25 seasons to get as far as the TV round, which represents the best 28 of 130 applicants,” he commented.

“In 1978 some of us from Wadham travelled to Manchester by coach to watch our UC team compete. It was strange going back there 39 years later, this time by train, to take part myself.”

It was after suffering a serious illness that Richard decided to return to academia to study what he loved. “I had read Voltaire and Diderot at Wadham and I loved the eighteenth century - the age of reason with the application of rational thought to problems.”

Wadham undergraduates are currently selecting a team to enter the next round of UC heats.

Watch Kings College London play Merton College Oxford.

  • Wadham's 1978 UC team

Related news