FIVE University Of Strathclyde students will compete on University Challenge next week.

The five go head-to-head with London’s Imperial College for a place in the second round.

Viewers can see how the contestants face up to their rivals on Monday at 8pm.

The contestants tackling the programme’s historically challenging questions will be: Team Captain, Alasdair Logan, studying Mechanical Engineering; Paul Dijkman, studying Economics; James Flannigan, studying Chemical Engineering; PGDE student Ian Brown; and their reserve Francis Berryman, studying Immunology and Microbiology.

The team was selected through a challenging individual test hosted by the University of Strathclyde Students' Union. Before appearing upon the programme.

This is the fourth time that Strathclyde University has reached this stage of the prestigious quiz.

Captain Alasdair Logan said: “My teammates and I are really excited for everyone at the University to see our appearance on the programme. We’ve all worked very hard on making it onto the first round and the whole experience – so far – has really paid-off.

“Our goal was to prove that, while Strathclyde is a self-professed 'Place of Useful Learning', it also welcomes those who celebrate knowledge not as a means, but as an end in itself. The support we’ve received from students and University staff has been incredible, and certainly shows the immense pride that people have towards us and the University.”

Calvin Hepburn, Strathclyde Students’ Union President, said: “The team have provided an exciting start to the new academic year and have really amplified the community spirit across campus. Their work has not only enhanced the Strathclyde experience for many students, but it’s also shows the hard work and dedication that comes from students within the University.

“I look forward to watching the show on Monday and whatever happens next, we will be supporting the team every step of the way.”