British Novice

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The British Novice tournament is an annual novice collegiate-level tournament held in the United Kingdom, typically around November. The British Novice tournament is aimed at players with minimal quizbowl experience, and therefore skews slightly less academic compared to most tournaments. British Novice was first held in 2017 at Imperial College London, and in subsequent years was held simultaneously at Imperial and at the University of Glasgow. Questions are typically house-written by the British quizbowl community, although the 2022 tournament experimented with using a Briticised NAQT Collegiate Novice set instead.

In 2022, due to industrial action from train drivers, as well as clashes with term dates, the tournament was held twice on separate dates, with an online site on the 26th of November and an in-person site at Imperial on the 3rd of December. The 2023 edition of the tournament was adapted by IQBT for mirrors in North America held in the spring of 2024 as the IQBT Collegiate Novice tournament.


Results by year
Year Site 1st place Top individual scorer Stats Head editor(s)
2023 Imperial Southampton Alessandro d'Attanasio (Cambridge A) Stats Rhys Lewis
Durham Edinburgh Purple Matthew Stafford (Edinburgh Purple) Stats
2022 Imperial Imperial A Catherine Archer-Richards (Roehampton) Stats Felix Roberts (Briticising)
Online York Sourajit Debnath[note 1] (Oxford D) Stats
2021 Online Imperial Arun Uttamchandani (Edinburgh 3) Stats Joseph Krol
2020 Online Oxford A Saif Awan (Glasgow A) Stats Joseph Krol & Alex Peplow
2019 Imperial Oxford A Jamie Burchett (Southampton B) Stats Joseph Krol & Alex Peplow
Glasgow Glasgow 1 Brian Nieves (Glasgow 1) Stats
2018 Imperial Brookes A Ruairidh Forgan (Cambridge) Stats Evan Lynch
Glasgow Miscellaneous Jack Pollock (Miscellaneous) Stats
2017 Imperial Oxford Michael O'Connor (Oxford) Stats Tom Hill & Frances Clark-Murray


  1. Studied at Imperial, but played for Oxford D due to them being short-handed