Lord Reed spotted on University Challenge

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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.”

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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Miss Money-Sterling

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…


Miss Money-Sterling

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?



Lord Reed was never Lord Advocate.



Neither were you


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What happened to Mr Hankinson? Does he he still sport that triumphant barnet?


I've started

He dropped out of his PhD to become a full time hair model. He was raking it in for a few years until punk killed his career dead. He eked out a meagre existence on out of fashion catalogue work until tragically he started balding in his early 30s. Though he had no other qualifications or career, luckily his father and grandfather were both Tory MPs and Etonians, so he switched to Parliament without batting an eyelid where he has been an MP for a safe seat in Hampshire ever since. He has a keen interest in pubs and hair modelling and is married to his third wife, Felicity.


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