The BCS Computer Challenge 2007

Wednesday 14 March 2007


The BCS Computer Challenge is organised by this branch. Following the format of the television’s ‘University Challenge’ each year it is held at a different university in the region.

This year’s competition was hosted by Leeds Metropolitan University at its Carnegie Stand at Headingley Stadium. The event formed a part of the BCS’s fiftieth anniversary celebrations as well as marking one hundred years of Leeds Metropolitan University in Headingley, and fifty years of computing in universities.

University teams from Hull, Teesside, Newcastle and Leeds Metropolitan competed in first round heats, with each team playing all the others. At the end of the heats, Hull were leading with six points, whilst Teesside and Newcastle held joint second place sharing the remaining six points.

In the first of the semi-finals, Teesside strode ahead, beating their Newcastle rivals by seventeen points to four. Hull played Leeds Met in the second semi-final and walked away with twenty one points to the host university team’s one.

After strong performances from both Hull and Newcastle through the qualifying rounds, when the final came, there was no stopping Hull. In the end they were victorious with an emphatic scoreline of twenty six points to four.

Our thanks to all the competitors and to Leeds Metropolitan University for hosting the event and providing the splendid trophy. Also to Dave Griffin, who opened the event, Terry Dosdale, the quiz master, and David Holdsworth, BCS Trustee, and Barbara Colledge for presenting the prizes and closing the event.