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i launches new university quiz for students


Thought University Challenge was tough? Then prepare yourself for the iQuiz, a student competition with a sensational grand prize.

Tonight, qualifying rounds will be held in 18 universities across England and Wales. The winning team of four from each institution will then be invited to Birmingham for a grand final in February, when the group that answers the most questions correctly will win a 14-day trek across America.

The quizzes have been organised by our Student Brand Ambassadors, who have helped drum up interest in i at their universities this academic year. Though they normally treat their fellow students to money-off vouchers and even free copies of the paper, tonight they'll be keeping an eye out for rogue iPhones and ensuring no academics disguise themselves as undergraduates in a bid to cheat their way through.

Setting the quiz is trivia expert and i's assistant editor Simon O'Hagan, who has set The Independent's fiendish Saturday Magazine Quiz since 2008. He has promised that the questions are "not murderously difficult", and said that "in a team of four you can work them out with a bit of lateral thinking". There will be some music questions, some sport and a bit of history. Also in there is a section on the news, so those who have been buying i will have a distinct advantage.

The competition is hotting up nicely. Student Brand Ambassador Matthew Wood, 21, from the University of Birmingham, said one of his teams "definitely" stood a chance of winning. The winners from each university should check i tomorrow to find out who they'll be facing in the grand final.

iQuiz is sponsored by Endsleigh Insurance. Prize providers: Trek America