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Engineers face music in University Challenge

The Royal Academy of Engineers general knowledge comes under Jeremy Paxman's scrutiny next week

The Royal Academy of Engineering will represent the profession in the new series of University Challenge – the Professionals on BBC2 on Tuesday 8 April.

The Academy's unlikely opponent in this contest of scholarship is the Lute Society; founded in 1956 with the aim of promoting the lute and its music. Boasting 730 members, it proclaims itself to be an "excellent way of keeping in touch with news in the Lute world".

The Academy team is led by Dr Geoff Robinson, a former Director of Technology at IBM who now chairs the Academy judging panel for its annual MacRobert Award. Also keeping the engineers afloat are John McDermid, Professor of Software Engineering at the University of York, Professor Ray Oliver, Director of Science and Innovation at Cenamps and Dr Eleanor Stride, Research Fellow at University College London.

Although the show was shot in December, the Academy was unable to give NCE the result but one suspects it is the Lute Society that will be facing the music at the final gong.

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