About PULP

2008 November 23
by Paul


PULP was the Polytechnic Union Literary Publication, first produced in 1976 as a more politically-minded student newspaper.

PULP was the Best College Newspaper in 1985 under editor Phil Korbel, after winning the first and ONLY Guardian Student Media Award.

PULP was reborn into magazine form in 1990, when it was shortlisted for Best College Magazine (editor Mark Hillsdon), and again in 1995 (editor Scott Birch).

PULP was arguably at its sexiest under the guidance of Stephanie Hankey in 1995/6 but (by all attempts at research) failed to scoop any awards…

PULP since has fallen under the trappings of student stereotyping.

PULP since has failed to even get shortlisted for any student media awards.

PULP since has floundered between aesthetics and substance, without ever quite marrying the two…


PULP is an infusion of prose and illustration, inspired each month by one of MMU’s eight faculties.

PULP is a showcase of MMU’s varied pool of creativity.

PULP is a reflection of the diversity characteristic of its university, student body and city.

PULP is your chance to be published – be you writer, photographer, artist or designer.


PULP ONLINE is the virtual sibling of PULP, a place to find not only back issues of the magazine but additional musings on Art & Culture, Fashion, Film & Games, and Music.

PULP ONLINE is also a photo album, covering local gigs and city, university and Union events.

PULP ONLINE is your global platform to showcase not just written opinions and reflections, but artwork too. MMU creatives, we want to show off your talents to the rest of the world and help encourage a more effective network of artists here in Manchester. Setting up an exhibition? Looking for local artists? Wanting feedback or exposure? Then sign up to our MMU Creative Community! Email artsandculture@pulpmagazine.co.uk.

PULP is for you, by you, about you, so get onboard today.

If you’ve got something to say, either about the magazine or the website, email comments to onlineeditor@pulpmagazine.co.uk. We are always on the hunt for fresh talent. Prospective contributors to the magazine please email s.u.pubs@mmu.ac.uk, and for the website onlineeditor@pulpmagazine.co.uk.

DISCLAIMER: PULP online is independent from Manchester Metropolitan University and MMU Students Union. As such, any opinions expressed on this website are those of the website contributors and may differ to that of MMU SU.