High school students take the prize in social science challenge

Article dated: 8 November 2012

A team of students from Farlingaye High School in Suffolk came ahead of teams from six other schools across East Anglia at the recent Social Science Challenge!, held on 6 November 2012 at the University of Essex.

This was the first year students from Farlingaye competed in the annual quiz competition. As a prize, they took away a gift voucher worth £150.

Comedian Hazel Humphreys put 34 students through a challenging series of questions at the event, hosted by the UK Data Archive. Other schools competing in the challenge:

  • Braintree Sixth Form
  • Clacton Coastal Academy
  • Colchester Royal Grammar School
  • SEEVIC College
  • St Benedict's Catholic School
  • Tendring Technology College

All teams received gift vouchers for their schools. Pictured below are comedian Hazel Humphreys and the winning team from Farlingaye High School.

Comedian Hazel Humphreys and the winning team from Farlingaye High School Social Science Challenge! was part of the tenth 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 University of Essex Pro Vice Chancellor, Professor David Sanders, renowned for his work as a political scientist. Dr Aoife Daly, a lecturer in the University's Centre for Human Rights also led the students through an interactive session on 'Human Rights and Social Science'. And for a bit of extra fun, the students also enjoyed a short comedy sketch by Humphreys, a well-known Essex comedian who has appeared on BBC Breakfast News, BBC Radio Essex, Virgin Radio, The Weakest Link and BBC Mastermind.