Spineless is a publication run by students at Lancaster University. It is independent of Lancaster University Students' Union and the university itself.


All our writers strive to abide by the NUJ code of conduct. If you feel any representative of Spineless falls short of this standard, or has otherwise acted inappropriately, please raise a complaint via our email address: spinelesslancs@protonmail.com.

Every effort has been made to use images under the correct licensing and credit the author. Where this has not been the case, please raise it with us at our email address, and we will rectify the problem.

All original content (words and images) on this site are licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons licence CC BY 4.0.

A Brief History

The Spineless website was officially launched on 13th January 2020. The name was first used for a physical strike bulletin distributed on the Lancaster UCU picket line on 28th November 2019. A previous student publication at Lancaster, around briefly in 2007, served as the nominal inspiration.

Spineless follows in the footsteps of a long history of independent and radical media at the University, in particular John O'Gauntlet, Inkytext, and subtext.

We returned to strike bulletin format during the February-March 2020 UCU strike. Stories we have broken have been picked up by the national media, including The Times and Private Eye. By 19th April 2020, Spineless had published over 80 articles. On 10th September, we were admitted to the Student Publication Association as members.

The Spineless website experienced some downtime towards the end of 2020, but we relaunched on 14th January 2021.

Spineless is a member of the Student Publication Association.

Support Spineless

Spineless has relatively few operating costs (approximately £5 per month). However, if you wish to support us, you may "buy us a coffee" using the button below, for the low, low price of £1. 10% of any coffee you buy us will be donated to Reporters Without Borders.