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Satirical cartoons from when The National Student was a newspaper

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We’ve been going a far old time now, and once upon a time in the mists of history (well between 2003 and 2010) we were an actual newspaper, on real paper and everything.

For several years (we think between 2004 and 2007) we had a student satirical cartoonist called George Hardy who gave us a cartoon for most of our issues.

We recently uncovered several of these from a dusty hard drive, and in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo massacre, thought it would be timely to share them online.

Without trawling our dusty back issues (before we had an online archive of all articles) for the exact stories they pertained to, some of the following information may be a little vague but you’ll get the jist.

So here is a selection of George’s efforts:

The UK government introduced the 5-A-Day healthy eating campaign in 2002-2003, trying to get people to eat more fruit and veg. We covered this a lot. George’s take infused this message with the typical student stereotype.

The National Student cartoon

In 2007, the Terrence Higgins Trust (with the NUS) produced some research that showed that students were completely clueless about ‘condoms’ and safe sex in general, and we mean seriously dumb! 16% actually believed using two was safer – we mean ‘come on’!

The National Student cartoon

Several of George’s cartoons simply shone a light on student life in general.

The National Student cartoon

The National Student cartoon

The National Student cartoon

We ran a story about the world’s first Professor of Wine. This is how we envisaged his working day.

The National Student cartoon

Technology at the time was changing fast – this period gave us Myspace, Facebook and the first smartphones. George addressed the concerns around these new developments with his trademark cynicism.

The National Student cartoon

The National Student cartoon

The National Student cartoon

Weird degrees was something we liked covering. The University of Nottingham’s launching of a module in ‘Robin Hood Studies’ was ripe for some ridicule – and it got it.

The National Student cartoon

Several universities we proposing or opening ‘gender-neutral’ toilets and changing facilities. George made light of both the proposal and the nature of some of the protests against it with this cartoon.

The National Student cartoon

And finally this wonderful ‘Student Christmas’ cartoon. In 2008, we coloured the traffic cone in red and sent it out as a Christmas card to friends and clients.

The National Student cartoon




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