Lord Reed spotted on University Challenge
UKSC President captained Balliol College Oxford
A photo has emerged showing UK Supreme Court President Lord Reed captaining Balliol College Oxford on the popular student quiz show University Challenge.
Legal academic and Oxford contemporary Simon Lee (Oxon 1976-79), posted on Twitter what appears to be the features section of a Balliol College newsletter.
In an academic paper published in 2016, Lee reminisces about his time being tutored as an undergraduate at Balliol College, Oxford by the “world’s leading legal philosopher” the late Joseph Raz contemporary.
“Meanwhile,” Lee continues, “in the college law library with its 24 hour access, a doctoral student and our University Challenge quiz captain reigned supreme, namely Robert Reed, now Lord Reed, previously Lord Advocate and now one of our Supreme Court Justices from Scotland.”
Enjoyed #universitychallengeat60 but they missed a couple of @BalliolOxford captains: Robert Reed, now President of @UKSupremeCourt, & @jamessflee who not only led from the front but who also might well have nominated Baker more than any other captain has ever nominated anyone. pic.twitter.com/uJdHEYNYdA
— Simon Lee (@paradoxbridge) August 29, 2022
Lord Reed studied law at Edinburgh University and went on to undertake doctoral research in law at the University of Oxford. It is unclear how successful the now Supreme Court President was on the show, but we do know Reed could not steer Balliol College to the final.
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Such a shame Oxbridge has to be handicapped in the show by only being allowed to enter college teams. Varsity squads would make the final a near dead cert most years. I notice for all their bleating about being a collegiate university, Durham enters a unitary team.
(Cheesy) Chips on shoulder
Durham enters a unitary team because tuition isn’t college-specific – e.g. for law everyone is mixed into the same groups of seminars, rather than having small in-college seminars/“tutorials”. I imagine this type of thinking may have cost you a place at Oxbridge, assuming you were bright enough to be able to apply. Mind you I was also rejected and went to Durham, but I got these sorts of basics right at least…
My knowledge of Durham is limited, as I didn’t need to bother about the safety schools when I made my applications.
But if that is the case why does Durham and its graduates witter on endlessly about it being collegiate? Is it just a function of their insecurity?