About us

Palatinate is the award-winning official student newspaper of Durham University. Founded in 1948, it is one of Britain’s oldest student publications. Notable former editors include George Alagiah, Hunter Davies, Jeremy Vine and Harold Evans.

The paper is published on a fortnightly basis, with a full-colour print run of 4,000 reaching student readers at colleges across both Durham City and Queen’s campuses. Unlike many other University publications, we operate without the assistance of a paid sabbatical editor. Our Editorial Board is made up of full-time Durham students working to produce a professional-quality newspaper.

Although affiliated to Durham Students’ Union (DSU), Palatinate retains full editorial independence. It offers fair, unbiased and unrivaled coverage of Durham and national student news.


In January 2010, under the co-editorship of Liza Miller and Vincent McAviney, arts and features supplement Indigo was relaunched.

Indigo offers comprehensive coverage of cultural events in Durham, with sections including Fashion, Visual Arts, Books and Music.

Complaints, corrections and retractions

We welcome any feedback regarding the material printed in our fortnightly newspaper and on this website. As a student newspaper, we strive to represent the best interests of our readership. Individual student welfare is prioritised over other considerations.

Corrections and retractions can be printed on the advice of any reader. If you would like to make a formal complaint, please:

1. Address your concerns to the Editors-in-Chief in the first instance for all editorial, commercial and legal issues. Please include some information on the nature of your complaint and the issue number, page number and article headline it refers to. Please indicate whether your complaint is for publication or not. Anonymous complaints cannot be accepted or published, so please include your name and contact details.

2. The Editors-in-Chief will investigate the complaint to seek an informal resolution. This could result in a printed correction, retraction or apology and also the modification/removal of published material from our website.

3. If the complainant is not satisfied by the proposed response, the complaint will be passed on to the Board of Directors. The issue will be discussed at the next available meeting in order to seek a resolution.

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