Students from the University of Liverpool sealed a place in the quarter-finals of University Challenge with a resounding victory over Glasgow.

The Liverpool team, which included Ben Mawdsley from Southport and captain Declan Crew from Liverpool, won Monday night's episode of the long-running BBC Two show with a score of 170 to 105.

Liverpool had triumphed over Sheffield in the previous round, and overcame a slow start to outwit Glasgow on subjects ranging from war poetry to maths.

They got off the mark with an answer on the 1995 collapse of Barings Bank, going on to pick up points with answers including the classical composer Ravel and the nautical mile. Liverpool surged into an early lead and saw off a Glasgow fightback to secure their progress in the competition. But they incurred the wrath of famously irritable University Challenge host Jeremy Paxman when trying to identity lines from war poems including Rupert Brooke's The Soldier.

As the University of Liverpool team stumbled over their answers Paxman said: "These are some of the most famous poems of the First World War. You should know them."

After the gong which signalled the end of the show, he told them: "You're going to have to sharpen your act up a little bit you know, now you're in the quarter- finals."