Sixth-form students take the prize in social science challenge

Article dated: 5 November 2011

A team of pupils from Colchester Royal Grammar School came ahead of teams from six other schools across East Anglia at the recent Social Science Challenge!, held on 1 November 2011 at the University of Essex.

Quizmaster James Redmond of Hollyoaks and Casualty fame put nearly 50 students through a challenging series of questions at the event, hosted by and the UK Data Archive.

Colchester Royal Grammar School winning teamJames Redmond and the winning team
from Colchester Royal Grammar School

Second prize went to the team from Braintree Sixth Form; third prize went to St. Benedict's Catholic School in Bury St. Edmunds. Also competing were: Clacton Coastal Academy; Thurstable School Sports College and Sixth Form Centre, Tiptree; St. Alban's Catholic High School, Ipswich; and Felixstowe Sixth Form. All teams received prizes of Amazon gift vouchers for their schools.

The quiz was part of the ninth annual Festival of Social Science, a series of free events sponsored by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) to help people across the UK discover the world of social science.

At the start of the day, students were welcomed by the University of Essex Vice-Chancellor, Professor Colin Riordan. They also heard from Pro-Vice-Chancellor Professor David Sanders, renowned for his work as a political scientist, and got an opportunity to experience the University's Colchester campus to learn more about student life.