I’ve been a huge fan of University Challenge over the years, so being asked to appear on the programme, and to represent Leicester University, where I was student, was a massive honour. However, in the run to recording the show I did have a few sleepless nights! Like most people, I manage to get a few answers right when watching at home, but I was definitely putting myself out of my comfort zone.

It was fabulous to be part of team Leicester, Jeremy Paxman and the whole production crew were fantastic, and never has 25 minutes gone so fast in my life. What an experience! You can see how we got on, when Christmas University Challenge - Edinburgh v Leicester - airs on BBC 2 at 20:30 on December 20th.

An experienced journalist and broadcaster, Sian is a familiar face with viewers across the UK from presenting national programmes, including BBC Breakfast, BBC Crimewatch Roadshow and Panorama. She has also reported on some of the key moments in recent history as a senior news correspondent for the BBC network.

Sian began her TV and Radio career in Wales as a reporter, and then presenter of BBC Wales Today and the drive-time radio programme Good Evening Wales.