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The Cambridge Student, commonly known as TCS, is one of Cambridge University's student newspapers (Varsity and The Tab are the others). The now online only newspaper is owned and published by the Cambridge University Students' Union (CUSU).

The Cambridge Student
The Cambridge Student logo
TypeOnline newspaper
Owner(s)Cambridge University Students' Union
HeadquartersCambridge University Students' Union, 17 Mill Lane, Cambridge, CB2 1RX, UK

The paper was founded in October 1999 and once produced a weekly print run of 10,000 copies during university term time.

The paper has interviewed public figures including United Nations Weapons Inspector Hans Blix, director Ridley Scott, politician Ian Paisley, the BBC's security correspondent Frank Gardner and journalist David Frost.

Since then, it made national headlines with news of animal rights abuses at the University.[1] The newspaper's photography of the tuition fee riots also won plaudits. In March 2011 the paper became embroiled in controversy when its Editor, Philip Brook, forged a letter insinuating unfounded sexual allegations against a fictional fellow at St. John's.[2][3][4][5][6]

In April 2016, TCS announced that CUSU was preparing to pass a budget which would cut its print funding, and turn it into an online newspaper, with occasional print editions.[7] Sections of an internal letter, leaked to Varsity, said that CUSU had ended up in a "difficult situation" financially, which lead to the need for cuts.[8] The budget was ratified at a meeting of CUSU's council on 16 May 2016, bringing TCS's print run to an end.[9] despite enjoying a brief fortnightly reapperance in print following widespread negative coverage of its' student union publisher over the issue[10][11] in October 2018 the print run of TCS was confirmed to have been ended[12] following ongoing reports of huge losses incurred by Cambridge University Students' Union over a number of years.[13][14][15][16]


  1. ^ pp 1 & 6
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 14 March 2011. Retrieved 2 June 2012.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Cambridge University newspaper editor sacked for attempting to fool rival website with hoax sex allegations against unnamed academic". Mail Online. 10 March 2011.
  4. ^ "Student Press". York Vision. 15 March 2011.
  5. ^ (11 March 2011). "Cambridge student editor quits in disgrace over sex hoax on rivals". mirror.
  6. ^ "Update: TCS co-editor resigns over hoax allegation". Varsity Online.
  7. ^ "CUSU budget threatens 17-year TCS print legacy". 21 April 2016. Retrieved 12 August 2016.
  8. ^ "CUSU cuts threaten TCS print". Retrieved 12 August 2016.
  9. ^ "End of TCS print edition as CUSU ratifies budget". Retrieved 12 August 2016.
  10. ^ "Cambridge students' union urged to rethink possible closure of award-winning newspaper".
  11. ^ "17-year print run of The Cambridge Student under threat after "frankly disgusting" CUSU cuts".
  12. ^ "The Cambridge Student goes online-only, quietly ending 19-year print run".
  13. ^ "How CUSU lost about £300,000 in three years".
  14. ^ "New tensions over TCS as CUSU claims paper is facing 'significant' losses".
  15. ^ "Trustees' report confirms CUSU losses, skirts over past difficulties".
  16. ^ "Financial inquiry report bashes CUSU over communication failings".

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