University Challenge — Lowest Scores

Not much is known about the lowest scores from the Bamber Gascoigne series, except that the lowest score ever was amassed in 1971-2, when a Sussex team, fresh from two series wins, managed only 10 points. Sussex repeated that feat by also scoring 10 points in their first-round loss in 2022, the lowest score since 1994. It is also claimed that in 1977 the Brunel team were the only team to still be on zero points at the half-time interval.

Outside of the student series, the final of the 2017 Christmas University Challenge ended with the Reading team on 0 points.

The following are the lowest scores since the show returned in 1994.

Lowest Scores, 1994-2023
1SussexBirmingham1st2210
2ExeterCorpus Christi, OxfordQF0915
3Lincoln, OxfordManchesterSF0930
4St John's, OxfordPeterhouse, CambridgeFinal1630
5BradfordQueen's, Belfast1st0435
6BangorDurham2nd2335
7Brasenose, OxfordDurham1st1535
8Jesus, OxfordEdinburgh1st1135
9New Hall, CambridgeNottingham1st9835
10St AndrewsManchester1st0540
11Birkbeck, LondonManchester1st9740
12Sheffield HallamNewcastle1st1840
13St AndrewsChurchill, Cambridge1st0240
14Wolfson, CambridgeMerton, Oxford1st2140
15Wolfson, CambridgeSt John's, Oxford1st2040
16KeeleLiverpool1st1440
17KeeleChrist's, Cambridge2nd0240
18Oxford BrookesLSE2nd9840
19Queen's, BelfastJesus, CambridgeHSL0540
20Robinson, CambridgeWadham, Oxford1st0740
21CardiffSouthampton1st1840
22Queen Mary, LondonSt John's, Cambridge2nd2245
23St Hilda's, OxfordManchester2nd0645
24Wolfson, OxfordDurhamQF2045
25St Hilda's, OxfordTrinity, Cambridge2nd2245
26UlsterBristolQF1845
27Corpus Christi, OxfordEdinburgh2nd0745
28St Hugh's, OxfordUniversity, LondonHSL1845
29PlymouthDurham1st1245
30DundeeReading2nd2250