The University Times

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This article is about the student newspaper at Trinity College. For the faculty and staff newspaper of the University of Pittsburgh, see University Times.
The University Times
The University Times Front Page 2014-01-21.jpg
The front page of “The University Times”
on January 21, 2014
Format Broadsheet
Editor Samuel Riggs
Deputy editor Edmund Heaphy
Founded 2009
Headquarters Mandela House, Trinity College, Dublin 2, Ireland
Circulation 10,000
ISSN 2013-261X

The University Times is a student newspaper for Trinity College Dublin. It is financially supported by the Students' Union but maintains a mutually agreed policy of editorial independence. is one of Ireland's leading student news websites, with a readership of over 10,000. The University Times Magazine is a culture and feature supplement published with The University Times. The current editor, Samuel Riggs, is the sixth to hold the position since the newspaper replaced the Students' Union's community publication The University Record in 2009.

In April 2014, The University Times won "Publication of the Year" for the first time.[1]


The newspaper is a sixteen-page broadsheet which is divided into sections: News, Features, Opinion and Sport. The news section concentrates on the news and goings-on of Trinity College Dublin.


The paper's website, located at, is built on WordPress with a custom theme. Traffic to the website is primarily driven by social media, where much discussion of current events takes place between students and staff. In recent years the website has grown in prominence, to the point where volunteer writers are often more interested in having their work displayed on the website than in print - a radical change in attitudes from previous years.

Layout and design[edit]

The University Times Headers
The University Times section headers

The nameplate of The University Times is set in Utopia Std with a Semibold Display weight. There is a ligature on the Th in The. The rest of the paper is set in Utopia Std or Whitney of various weights. Each page of the paper contains a header that contains the name of the paper, page number, date, and section indicator. Sections have their own associated colours that are incorporated into the design.


The University Times operates its own style manual based upon the Oxford Manual of Style. The manual indicates that the full title of the paper is The University Times noting that the, The is part of the title and that it gets a capital letter. Other publications with the definite article do not get a capital for example the Irish Times, the Guardian, and the New York Times. In the news section people are referred to by their full name at first mention and then only by their second name on subsequent mentions. Honorifics and academic titles are only used when appropriate.

Elected Editors[edit]

2009–2010: Robert Donohoe
2010–2011: Tom Lowe
2011–2012: Ronan Costello
2012–2013: Owen Bennett
2013–2014: Leanna Byrne
2014–2015: Samuel Riggs
2015–2016: Edmund Heaphy


The newspaper was awarded "Newspaper of the Year" at the Irish Student Media Awards in 2010, 2011 and 2012. Former editor Tom Lowe won Irish Student Journalist of the Year in 2011. In 2014, it was once again awarded "the 'Web Design of the Year" award, and received nominations for "Newspaper of the Year".[2] The University Times won the "Publication of the Year" category at the USI Student Achievement Awards. Aisling Curtis won the "Journalist of the Year" award for The University Times.

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