November 30, 2012

Students from 30 universities and colleges battle it out at the fifth edition of Tata Crucible Campus Quiz UK

University of Strathclyde scored a hat-trick at the fifth annual Tata Crucible Campus Quiz UK. London Business School and University of Manchester were the first and second runners-up

London: Anup Nair and Michael Doroszenko from the University of Strathclyde emerged  champions for the third year running, at the fifth annual Tata Crucible Campus Quiz UK, a knowledge initiative from the Tata group in the form of a business quiz. The quiz is designed to encourage lateral thinking and test business awareness of the country’s future business leaders.

Mr Nair and Mr Doroszenko retained their title on November 25 2012, and won £4,000 after fighting off competition from seven other UK university teams, in what was described by quiz master Giri ‘Pickbrain’ Balasubramaniam as the closest Crucible Campus Quiz the UK has ever seen. The first runner-up team was London Business School, who won £2,000 and the second runner-up team was University of Manchester who won £1,500. They were hot on the tail of University of Strathclyde until the last few questions of the competition. Showing the diversity of the competition each of the eight finalist teams on stage represented a different university.

This year was the biggest Tata Crucible UK Campus Quiz ever, with a record number of 178 participants entering the preliminary rounds and many students and universities from across the UK taking part for the first time. Together they represented 30 universities and colleges including London Business School, Sheffield, Nottingham, Manchester, London School of Economics, Imperial College, Surrey, Aston, Warwick, Cambridge, Bath, Cardiff, Coventry, University College London and many others. The winning pair from Strathclyde impressed the audience and the quiz master with their confident win.

A packed audience turned out at the Institution for Engineering and Technology in London to witness this exciting battle of brains. Dr Ralf Speth, CEO of Jaguar Land Rover and the chief guest, and Lord McNally, Minister of State for Justice and deputy leader of the House of Lords, handed over the prizes to the winning teams.

Congratulating the winners, Lord McNally said, “You are all going to do very well academically. I have been in business and, in business, one looks for the brilliant student of course but one also looks for that bit of hinterland, that extra bit that makes a difference and testing yourself this way is a very good way of giving you that hinterland.”

Anwar Hasan, head of Tata Limited UK said, “Tata has a long and cherished association with UK academia. We want students to be inspired by British business, realise their potential and strive for excellence. Tata Crucible offers a fun, interactive way for students to test their lateral thinking and business knowledge, whilst learning and connecting with one of the most diverse businesses in the world.”


Winning team University Of Strathclyde Anup Karath Nair Michael Doroszenko
First runner-up team London Business School Shane Clancy Owen James
Second runner-up team University Of Manchester Max Hird Aparajit Basu

The top two winning teams from the UK edition will be invited to India to participate in the three-nation international finals along with top two teams of the Singapore edition and India edition in April 2013.

For more details about Tata Crucible, visit