Oxford Student Publications Limited

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Oxford Student Publications Ltd.
Limited Company
Founded 1961
Headquarters 7 St Aldate's, Oxford
Key people

Louis Walker, Chairman
Rebecca Iles, MD
Katie Birnie, FD

Tom Hall, Secretary
Products Cherwell newspaper, ISIS magazine, Bang Science Magazine
Number of employees
c. 200 (non-remunerated)
Website OSPL.org

Oxford Student Publications Ltd (OSPL) is an independent student publishing house in Oxford that publishes the Cherwell student newspaper, ISIS student magazine, Bang Science Magazine, Keep Off the Grass freshers' magazine and Industry fashion magazine.[1]

The company is wholly independent and is run entirely by students of the University of Oxford. In 1961, OSPL was established as a holding company for Cherwell newspaper and acquired the ISIS brand in the late 1990s.[2] The business is a private company limited by guarantee and registered at Companies House.[3]

OSPL's income comes from subscriptions and advertising; the company receives no subsidy from Oxford University. All profits are put back into media production and into ensuring the long-term well-being of the company. Very few major student newspapers operate in this fashion and the continued success and financial viability of OSPL pays testament to its ability to attract the most capable Oxford students as journalists and managers.

Notable alumni[edit]

Notable journalistic/editorial contributors to Cherwell newspaper and ISIS magazine are listed elsewhere. Notable alumni once involved in OSPL's business activities include:[4]


  1. ^ "Oxford Student Publications Ltd., Website". OSPL. Oxford. Retrieved March 3, 2011. 
  2. ^ Walmsley, Robert. "Cherwell History Pt 4 – 'The Cherwell Renaissance'". Cherwell. Retrieved July 3, 2017. 
  3. ^ "Oxford Student Publications Limited". companieshouse.gov.uk. Companies House. Retrieved July 3, 2017. 
  4. ^ "Oxford Today, Oxford University alumni magazine" (PDF). Oxford Today. Oxford. Retrieved April 11, 2011. 

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