BULL (student magazine)

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BULL Magazine front cover Edition 1 2014.jpg
Front cover of Edition 1, 2014
Type Student magazine
Format Magazine
Owner(s) University of Sydney Union
Editor Ada Lee, Shaza Barbar, Tom Joyner, Sam Langford, Bernadette Anvia, Mary Ward
Founded 2006 (as a monthly publication)
Language English
Headquarters University of Sydney
Camperdown, NSW
Circulation 9000
Website bullmag.com.au

BULL is the student magazine of the University of Sydney in Sydney, Australia, and is published by the University of Sydney Union. Established as The Bulletin, then The Bull, BULL is the union's only high-gloss magazine and is published monthly by an editorially independent student team.[1]

Written by students, for students, editorial leadership changes annually and as a result, editions change tone and style over the years.[2][3] BULL has a strong focus on feature articles, culture and arts and involves fellow student reporters, contributors and photographers enriching the magazine.

In 2013 BULL was awarded at the ACUMA Awards for Excellence in Campus Service, receiving Best Publication.[4] The 2015 editors of the magazine are Ada Lee, Shaza Barbar, Tom Joyner, Sam Langford, Bernadette Anvia and Mary Ward.[5][6]


Originally published daily as The Bulletin, then The Bull, the Union Recorder was the main monthly student publication at the University of Sydney prior to BULL. However, due to rationalisation in the face of voluntary student unionism, it was announced that in 2006, BULL would be the primary repository of student content and feature student editors. As of 2014, BULL is the sole magazine of the University of Sydney Union.

In March 2014, Honi Soit reported that a proposal was made to the University of Sydney Union student-appointed board of directors to take BULL exclusively online. While the decision was unanimous among the editors, the current Board, who have power over the Union's operations, struck down the proposal, leaving the publication in print. BULL faced a review as a result.[7] Currently BULL and Honi Soit are the two major student publications at the University of Sydney.

Since 2006, BULL has been wholly staffed and operated by University of Sydney students, with eight editions published a year.


Content of BULL is all written by students of any degree and contributors are encouraged to write throughout the year. As of 2014, BULL began a collective of reporters from applicants to be regular writers for the publication. The topics explored in BULL varies year to year in line with the priorities and beliefs of the editors. Each edition contains an editorial, feature articles, interviews, travel and cultural articles and reviews. Student photography and comics often are printed by the magazine, but may not appear in every issue. BULL has no political alignment and is distanced from the agenda of student representatives.


As a cultural magazine, BULL has explored current and cutting edge topics over the years. Some feature articles concepts have included dying on social media, disabled sex, being gay in Canberra, the art of "picking up", slash fiction, eating competitions, Asian blepharoplasty, over-the-counter medicine addiction, the Pink Panthers, sex over 60, firestarters, Shakespeare and Company, cat obsessions, stuttering and the rise of King Hits in Australia.

The front cover of Issue 5 in 2013 was particularly controversial for depicting a cartoon penis dressed as a member of the Ku Klux Klan, for the accompanying article "Getting Racy", by Flora Grant and Lawrence Muskitta, on sexual racism.


BULL have interviewed a number of notable Australian and international people. This has included Anna Funder, Jasper Knight and Andrew Hansen.

Past editors[edit]

  • 2014: Eden Caceda, Katie Davern, Sean O'Grady, Sophie Gallagher, Melanie Kembrey, Rob North, Erin Rooney
  • 2013: Felix Donovan, Eleanor Gordon-Smith, Diana Pham, John Rowley, Lane Sainty, Kate Wilcox
  • 2012: Bronte Lambourne, Lawrence Muskitta, Misa Han, Pierce Hartigan, Xiaoran Shi
  • 2011: Paul Karp, Alex McKinnon, Kira Spucys-Tahar, Anne Widjaja
  • 2010: Richard Warwick
  • 2009: Bridie Connellan, Sara Haghdoosti
  • 2007: Lucy Boyle, Kate Leaver, Nancy Lee, Anya Poukchanski, Ruchir Punjabi, Rebecca Santos

See also[edit]


  1. ^ University of Sydney Union's BULL Magazine [1], Retrieved on 2013-03-21
  2. ^ ISSUU – BULL Magazine [2], Retrieved on 2013-03-21
  3. ^ BULL 2014 [3], Retrieved on 2013-03-21
  4. ^ ACUMA Awards 2013 [4], Retrieved on 2013-03-21
  5. ^ Yearly BULL Editors [5], Retrieved on 2013-03-21
  6. ^ BULL Magazine Guide 2014 [6], Retrieved on 2013-06-21
  7. ^ Honi Soit: The Manning Files [7], Retrieved on 2013-03-21

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