The Stag

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The Stag
University of Surrey Students Union - Stag Logo - 2011-12.svg
Type Fortnightly newspaper
Format Tabloid
Owner(s) University of Surrey Students Union
Editor Rebekkah Hughes
Founded 1967 (as Bare Facts)
Headquarters University of Surrey Students Union, University of Surrey

The Stag is a fortnightly student newspaper published by the University of Surrey Students' Union.


The newspaper was established under the name barefacts in 1967. In 1968, the University was to move from its home in Battersea Park, South-West London, to Stag Hill, in Guildford, Surrey. Concerns were raised at a lunchtime Students Union meeting over troubles in communication between the students on each site while the move was in progress. Outgoing Union President, Bob Matthews, suggested a one-page newsletter covering both campuses, which would carry messages by clubs and societies, as well as general notices from the students' union. The first few hundred issues were usually edited by the Union Executive, before an annual editor was appointed.

The last edition published under the name barefacts was in September 2008. Then-editor Claire Worgan chose to rebrand the newspaper as The Stag.


barefacts won several notable awards, including the National Student Journalism Awards in 2002 and 2003 for Best Student Campaign.[1] The 2002 campaign related to increases in campus rent, whilst the 2003 "Lights, Camera, Action" campaign related to student safety on and near campus.


Jono Bennett was the first full-time editor as the Student Union post of Communications Officer was created. Prior to 1994 the editors were all part-time volunteers just like the staff of the newspaper.


  1. ^ Seymour, David (2003-12-01). "Students' York over". The Mirror. Retrieved 2007-05-25. 

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