Our history

Our rich history spans almost 100 years. Here what we’ve done so far:



The University of London Union Society emerged in 1921. Its first student journal was founded in 1922. It was called Vincula, which means “links” or “chains” in Latin.


New Troy

Vincula became New Troy in 1926. New Troy branded itself “a review of university life in London”. The last copy of New Troy was published in 1930.



Sennet emerged in 1954 and is our direct predecessor. Set up by the University of London Union, the name refers to the trumpet call which marks the ceremonious entrance or exit of a character in a play. It’s also a play on words, alluding to the University of London’s famous Senate House.


Editor: Jean Rook

Jean Rook, known often as the First Lady of Fleet Street, is probably our most famous editor yet. She edited our paper in 1959 and was known for her almost-two-decade-long column in the Daily Express. After leaving Sennet, Rook worked at the Sheffield Telegraph, The Sun and the Daily Mail before joining the Express in 1972. Rook died in 1991.


London Student

Sennet became London Student, and we haven’t changed our name since!


University of London lets go of London Student

The University of London announced that it would close London Student to save costs in 2014. The Guardian published an open letter signed by 54 LS alumni, lecturers and journalists in a bid to save us. Our editor at the time, Oscar Webb, said that the University of London was “hostile” towards the publication, and he vowed to save it.



We became an independent student-led cooperative in 2015. Now disaffiliated from the University of London Union (which became Student Central), students write stories from a range of universities across the capital. We’re predominantly funded by our members and donors, and we encourage you to join us to write and share if you’re making London your student home.


Since 2015…

…several of our journalists have gone on to make headway in the industry.