UCD SU Welfare Vice President Rachel Breslin has unveiled plans to host a University Challenge on campus with the aim to raise in excess of €700 for the Saint Vincent De Paul Emergency fund. The event is set to be held on April 16th in the Astra Hall with the total prize amounted to €400 for the winning team.

€200 of the prize fund has been donated by UCDSU and €200 put up by Trinity’s University Challenge Society who will also compete in the challenge. Try outs for the UCD team will take place on April 11th and will cost €2 to enter with €3 entry fee on the night.

“This sort of event has never been run before, purchase so while it’s very difficult to set a target,” Breslin said, but  remains confident: “I hope to raise in excess of €700 because I am keen to raise as much money for the SVP emergency fund as possible because it is something that has helped many students this year through very tough situations.” The University Challenge is a non-alcohol event which “differs from usual UCDSU events” and “would attract a different group of people” she claimed.

The event which will feature  a guest host (who has yet to be confirmed) will see UCD’S brightest minds take on Trinity’s elite. “People enjoy the friendly UCD-Trinity rivalry and this is the first time we will be going head to head in an intellectual competition.

I am very keen to make the event as entertaining as possible through other things happening on the night and hope that UCD v Trinity University Challenge will become a annual fixture in the future.”

Ryan Cullen