We’ve been around in various guises since 1964. The Mancunion was first published in 1964 as a bulletin concerned with Union affairs, produced by the Union to compensate for perceived shortfalls in coverage in the main student newspaper until 1974, the Manchester Independent. While it is still produced within the Students’ Union, it is now editorially independent from the Students’ Union and the University of Manchester.
Originally a rather amateurish publication, produced at irregular intervals, we are now a highly professional, tabloid-style newspaper, publishing news and articles on a wide range of issues and subjects. The newspaper and our journalists have won national student newspaper awards on several occasions.
On 22 September 1997 Student Direct replaced The Mancunion. This was a joint venture with other student unions in Manchester, at the University of Manchester, University of Salford and Bolton Institute, to create a single company to publish their newspapers.
For the 2009/2010 academic year the Student Direct began to split into its component parts, with the Manchester edition becoming “Student Direct: Mancunion edition”. By the 2010/2011 academic year they had fully transitioned back to The Mancunion and The Salfordian, the student newspaper of the University of Salford Students’ Union.
Written and put together by students, The Mancunion creates high-quality original content focused on Manchester’s student bubble.
We aim to keep a firm focus on student news and what’s happening in the local area. However, we are also always open to contributions of opinion pieces about the state of the nation and the world at large, and magazine articles on mainstream as well as local artists, musicians, poets, plays, and so on.
We aim to be an integral part of student life at the University of Manchester, provide excellent opportunities to students wanting to get into journalism, and get our contributors to go from thinking about what they want to write, to what they want to read.
For more information about how to contribute to The Mancunion see our Getting Involved page.