The Oxford Student

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The Oxford Student
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Type Weekly newspaper during Oxford University term time
Format Tabloid
Owner(s) Oxford Student Services Ltd
Editor James Ashworth and Charlotte Willis[1]
Founded 1991
Political alignment none
Circulation c. 15,000[2]

The Oxford Student is a newspaper produced by and for students of the University of Oxford; often abbreviated to The OxStu. The paper was established in 1991 by the Oxford University Student Union (OUSU), and is published every Friday during termtime.[3]It enjoys a rivalry with the other student paper for the University, Cherwell.


The Oxford Student is owned by the OUSU and run through the Student Union's commercial subsidiary, Oxford Student Services Ltd (OSSL). The newspaper's constitution grants the paper editorial independence. It enjoys close relations with Oxide Radio, also owned by OUSU.

The editorial team consists of 2 Editors-In-Chief, appointed by a panel at OUSU including their Communications Manager. The Editors-In-Chief are current students of the University, and recruit a team to publish the paper, including Deputy Editors and a team of Section Editors below them. Generally, two are appointed per section, and current sections include News, Comment, Investigations, Science & Technology, Profile, Satire, Arts (incorporating Art, Literature and Fashion), Pink, Features, Food & Drink, Travel, Music, Puzzle and Entertainment (incorporating Screen, Stage and Gaming).[4] In addition, there is a Broadcasting Team which produces video content, and Sub-Editors to proof read the paper before it goes to press on Wednesdays[5].


The Oxford Student was named "Student Newspaper of the Year" at the Guardian Student Media Awards in 2001, was shortlisted in 2004 and 2012, and awarded the runner-up prize in 2007.[6]


In 2004, the newspaper gained national publicity when two reporters broke University rules to expose security flaws in the University's computer network; the student journalists responsible, Patrick Foster and Roger Waite, were rusticated by the University Court of Summary Jurisdiction, but on appeal their punishment was reduced to a fine.[7][8] Foster now[when?] works as Media Correspondent for The Times, and Waite worked for the Sunday Times for a few years after graduating.[citation needed]

In 2014, shortly after Amelia Hamer became editor, the paper ran a news story[9] about the Ben Sullivan controversy[10] which caused an outcry amongst students as it "reinforced rape myths in the press". It garnered negative attention in other student media,[11] and also led to calls for Hamer to resign. Three months later, on 24 September, Hamer was removed from her role because of pressure from student activists.[12]


Former contributors include Laura Barton of The Guardian, Mark Henderson and Rob Hands of The Times, and Karl Smith of The Independent.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Editorial team – The Oxford Student". Retrieved 2018-09-25.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 19 April 2014. Retrieved 12 April 2014.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "The Oxford Student-About". Retrieved 25 September 2018.
  4. ^ "Editorial team – The Oxford Student". The Oxford Student. Retrieved 2018-09-25.
  5. ^ "The Oxford Student". YouTube. Retrieved 2018-09-25.
  6. ^ Woodward, Will; editor, education (18 October 2001). "Cherwell's rival wins best student paper" – via The Guardian.
  7. ^[permanent dead link]
  8. ^ "Oxford hackers face punishment". BBC News. 15 July 2004. Retrieved 29 January 2017.
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  10. ^ "Oxford Union President arrested on suspicion of rape". 7 May 2014.
  11. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 10 September 2014. Retrieved 4 September 2014.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  12. ^ "News Article".

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