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, 1994-2024
2ExeterCorpus Christi, OxfordQF0915
3Lincoln, OxfordManchesterSF0930
4St John's, OxfordPeterhouse, CambridgeFinal1630
5Brasenose, OxfordDurham1st1535
7BradfordQueen's, Belfast1st0435
8New Hall, CambridgeNottingham1st9835
9Jesus, OxfordEdinburgh1st1135
10Wolfson, CambridgeSt John's, Oxford1st2040
12Wolfson, CambridgeMerton, Oxford1st2140
13St AndrewsChurchill, Cambridge1st0240
14KeeleChrist's, Cambridge2nd0240
15Robinson, CambridgeWadham, Oxford1st0740
16Queen's, BelfastJesus, CambridgeHSL0540
18St AndrewsManchester1st0540
19Birkbeck, LondonManchester1st9740
20Sheffield HallamNewcastle1st1840
21Oxford BrookesLSE2nd9840
22Corpus Christi, OxfordEdinburgh2nd0745
23Wolfson, OxfordDurhamQF2045
25St Hugh's, OxfordUniversity, LondonHSL1845
26St Hilda's, OxfordManchester2nd0645
27Queen Mary, LondonSt John's, Cambridge2nd2245
28St Hilda's, OxfordTrinity, Cambridge2nd2245
30Pembroke, CambridgeSt Peter's, Oxford1st1950