Mannequin Challenge: six of the best from universities

Students and staff take on the viral challenge, posing en masse in laboratories, halls of residence and lecture theatres

December 13, 2016
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Beginning with high school students in Jacksonville, Florida, the “Mannequin Challenge” involves a group of people frozen in tableau while a camera roves around them, giving the impression of time being paused.

The viral challenge has attracted contributions from Bill and Hillary Clinton, the Dallas Cowboys, Michelle Obama, and Beyoncé, and many feature dummies, skeletons and inflatables. 

Here are some of our favourite mannequin challenges filmed at universities, featuring institutions in the UK, the US, Pakistan and the United Arab Emirates.

Has your university staged a mannequin challenge? If so, you can send your videos to our Twitter account.

 

University of the West of England, UK

A group of law graduates and deputy vice-chancellor Jane Harrington freeze in the middle of a graduation ceremony in Bristol Cathedral:

 

Iqra University, Pakistan

Breaking the world record for the biggest ever mannequin challenge, more than 8,000 people freeze at a concert at Karachi Golf Club to celebrate Iqra University’s 18th birthday:

 

University of Cambridge, UK

Students strike dramatic poses with animal skeletons in a tour of the zooarchaeology laboratory at the University of Cambridge:

 

Stevenson University, US

Carefully attended medical-simulation mannequins feature alongside frozen students at Stevenson University’s School of Nursing:

 

City, University of London, UK

In a protest against campus censorship, students at City University’s journalism department perform the mannequin challenge while holding newspapers banned by the students’ union:

 

Ajman University, UAE

Taking on roles as patients and dentists, students at Ajman University’s School of Dentistry pose for a tableau, wielding an array of medical tools:

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