Confidence pays off in student quiz

Planning To Win triumphed in last week's Birmingham heat of the 2005 Planning Student Quiz at Millennium Point.

University of Central England spatial planning masters students Maria Dunn, Claire Snowdon, Jon Molloy and Rachel Riley won the £100 cash prize by a single point. Half-time leaders Team GP from the University of Birmingham hung on for the runners-up slot. Both qualify for the national final.

Just ten points separated the six teams in a hard-fought contest. Birmingham team A Real Good Treat missed a vital point that would have put them level with Team GP by failing to remember RTPI president Ron Tate's surname.

In the previous heat, Urban Distress chalked up a convincing win on home ground at the University of Liverpool. Fourth-year students Andrew Moore, Mark Smith, Lynn McGowan and Matthew Cocks finished 19 points ahead of runners-up Civicly Challenged.

Last night saw the South West and Wales heat at the University of the West of England and the last heat takes place at the University of Reading next Monday evening. The separate Scottish and Irish quiz is at Queen's University Belfast on 17 November.

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