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Encyclopedia > Palatinate (newspaper)

Palatinate is the Durham University student newspaper. Its name derives from the colour Palatinate, a shade of purple associated with the university and derived from County Durham's political history as a County Palatine. Affiliations 1994 Group, European University Association, Association of MBAs, EQUIS, Universities UK, N8 Group, Association of Commonwealth Universities Website http://www. ... Palatinate is a shade of purple or lilac, coming from the colours of the palatine County Durham. ... County Durham is a county in north-east England. ... A County palatine is an area ruled by an count palatine (or earl palatine); with special authority and autonomy from the rest of the kingdom. ...


The paper reports on news about the university and prints on a fortnightly basis during term time. It also includes local news, comments, features and sports news. A fortnight is a unit of time equal to two weeks: that is 14 days, or literally 14 nights. ...


Palatinate is published by Durham Students' Union. However it has always been editorially independent, and historically it has often used this freedom to publish critical articles about the Students' Union. The Durham Students Union is a body, set up as the Durham Colleges Students’ Representative Council in 1899 and renamed in 1969, with the intention of representing and providing welfare and services for the students of the University of Durham in Durham, England. ...


The editors of Palatinate are elected on a termly basis; notable former editors include George Alagiah, Jeremy Vine and Piers Merchant. George Alagiah presents the BBC Six OClock News with Natasha Kaplinsky. ... Jeremy Vine (born May 17, 1965, Epsom, England) is a current affairs presenter on BBC radio and television. ... Piers Rolf Garfield Merchant (born January 2, 1951) is a politician in the United Kingdom. ...


History of Palatinate

  • The first issue of Palatinate was published in 1948.
  • For three academic years from 2001 to 2004, Palatinate was published in broadsheet format. In October 2004 it reverted to its current tabloid format.
  • In 2001, Palatinate was named the NUS/Independent Student Newspaper of the Year.
  • In January 2004 Palatinate became a free publication. This was achieved by greatly increasing circulation which drew more advertising revenue.
  • In 2005 the paper stopped receiving direct funding from Durham Students' Union, causing an increase the amount of advertising needed. The Students' Union still provides Palatinate with office space and computing facilities.

The National Union of Students (NUS) is the main organisation claiming to represent students unions in the United Kingdom. ... The Durham Students Union is a body, set up as the Durham Colleges Students’ Representative Council in 1899 and renamed in 1969, with the intention of representing and providing welfare and services for the students of the University of Durham in Durham, England. ...

External links

  • Palatinate Website
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