A BNOC, for the uninitiated, is a Big Name On Campus, and there are quite a few of them around Oxford. They are mythical creatures, occasionally spotted around the streets of our great city, admired by onlookers, and talked about in hushed tones: the stuff of Oxford legend. A BNOC can come from any of a plethora of circles of Oxford life – politics, sports, drama, OUSU, and, of course, the famed Oxford Union. Keeping up with all these legendary creatures can be a tough task for any Oxonian, so we at VERSA have put together a little quiz to help you get to know them. And who knows, the intrepid amongst you future Oxonians might have designs on finding yourselves on this list one year from now…
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Correct! Jan is President of OUCA for the coming term!
Seriously? With that jacket? Was he ever going to be anything other than the President of OUCA?
Correct! Congratulations on recognising one of Oxford’s most widely-known thesps!
Oops! If you think you know your BNOCs, then you should probably get your act together…
Correct! The article in question can be found here.
Come on, and do his degree as well?! You’ve got another thing coming if you think you have that much time at Oxford… (Unless you’re studying Economics & Management, of course.)
Well done! Barely a protest goes by without Raine batting down oppression left, right, and centre. (Okay, so mostly on the right). He’s also known for commenting ‘WONGGAAA’ on VERSA articles (though we do have our suspicions it might be an impostor).
Well done, you can correctly identify stock photographs!
Come on. Her last name is literally French for ‘false name’. Try harder.
Seriously? Look at that adorable face. Is that really the face of someone from UKIP?
Correct! If you’re looking for a partner, Oxonian, Luke’s a keeper.
Nope! Only a superman like Luke could captain the University’s Quidditch team.
Correct! Watch out, patriarchy – she’s coming for you.
Wrong! OULD attendance has actually shot up since the election. Just don’t ask us how…
Correct! It’s a lot, but Jacob manages to pull it off. We at VERSA can only express our admiration for Jacob’s commitment to achieving BNOC-hood.
Nope! Jacob is known for far more than just that!