University Challenge

KCL Neuroscience Society are organising a first-of-its-kind event to fundraise for the Child Brain Injury Trust and Motor Neurone Disease Association!




























In March 2021, we are hosting a virtual Neuro-centric University Challenge (based on the format of the BBC University Challenge show) between King's College London, Imperial College, University of Cambridge and St. George's University London. Questions based on a diverse range of topics related to neuroscience will be asked in 30 minutes and for each question answered correctly the teams score points. Teams of 4 from each university will play against each other over 4 consecutive days and the two teams with the highest accumulative points will face each other on the 5th day in the finals. All the proceeds will come from the ticket sales.

Ticket details

To purchase a ticket please see the links below:

Day1: KCL vs Imperial ( 

Day 2: Cambridge vs St. George's ( 

Day 3: KCL vs St. George's ( 

Day 4: Cambridge vs Imperial ( 

Day 5: University Challenge Finals ( 

Tickets: £1.50 per day, £2 for finals OR £4 for all 5 days

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Our hosts

Our UNIVERSITY CHALLENGE host for DAY 1 (KCL vs Imperial) and DAY 3 (KCL vs St George’s) is Sir JOHN GOLDRING!  


Sir Goldring is a former barrister and QC in Chambers in London, Temporary Coroner for Hillsborough Inquests, and is currently President of the Court of Appeal of the Cayman Islands and Deputy Investigatory Powers Commissioner. 

Our UNIVERSITY CHALLENGE host for DAY 2 (Cambridge vs St George’s) and DAY 4 (Cambridge vs Imperial) is Lord ANTHONY HUGHES (Lord Hughes of Ombersley, Kt, QC)! 


Lord Hughes is a Former English judge of the Supreme Court of the UK, and previously a Lord Justice of Appeal and Vice-President of the Criminal Division.  

He remains a judicial commissioner for the Investigatory Powers Commissioner's office and collaborates with the Royal Societies of London & Edinburgh in the field of Forensic Science. 


We are DELIGHTED to announce that our UNIVERSITY CHALLENGE host for the FINALS on 05.03 is none other than KCL’S VERY OWN PROFESSOR IAN MCFAZDEAN!  


Ian McFadzean is a Professor of Bioscience Education within the Department of Pharmacology at KCL. His research interests include electrophysiological analysis of neurotransmitter and drug effects in smooth muscle and neurones. He teaches pharmacology across a broad range of topics and to anyone who will listen! 

After graduating with a degree in Pharmacy from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, he completed a PhD at the University of Cambridge studying the effects of opioids on the electrophysiological properties of brain stem neurones.  After a research fellowship at University College London, he was appointed to a Lectureship in Pharmacology at King’s in 1990 and has been there ever since. 

Equally as exciting, we will be joined by renowned neuroscientist PROFESSOR RAY DOLAN for the prize-giving ceremony right after the finals!  


Professor Ray Dolan is Mary Kinross Professor of Neuropsychiatry at UCL. Winner of The Brain Prize (2017), the International Max Planck Research Award (2007), and countless other awards, Professor Dolan’s research focuses on the neurobiology of emotion and decision making. He is the former Founding Director of the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Neuroimaging (2006-2015) and has published over 700 peer-reviewed research papers.