A Rundown of Must-Read Student-Run Publications In NUS

Can’t wait to get your hands on the next print issue of The Ridge?

Well sure, we’re the largest student-run publication in NUS (not to brag), but if you’re itching to read all about student survival tips, NUS cafe guides, and other various happenings on campus, check out one of these other NUS campus publications!

 The Fuse 

The Fuse

If you’re in Engineering, you’ve probably heard about the NUS Engineering Club’s magazine, The Fuse. The aptly named publication aims to fuse together the Engineering student population by promoting upcoming school and engineering club activities, updating them on recent events, and sharing sensational news and gossip.

Their latest issue, issued February last year, featured Engineering students who share their NUS experiences and reveal why they chose Engineering as a full time degree course – like Mervyn, then a Computer Engineering Year 2 student who served as Eusoff Hall’s Vice President, and Chemical Engineering Year 2 student Weiyi.

Definitely helpful for those deciding whether to pick Engineering as a major! Also look out for cafe reviews and easy-to-make macaron recipes you can try when you’re too not busy doing labs.


Elixir 2014

Brought to you by the NUS Pharmaceutical Society’s Media Resource Team (or simply MRT), Elixir is a student-run magazine that NUS ‘Pharmers’ can truly call their own. Read past issues for pharmaceutical-related content such as interviews with doctors, event updates, memes to tickle the Pharmily’s humour and ever-so-helpful module reviews.

Besides Elixir, the Pharmaceutical Society also publishes Phamaceutica, a 128-page student-directed publication which includes articles such as interviews with prominent individuals, event highlights, student reflections on programmes such as UROPS, and stories on experiences gained during student exchange programmes – all contributed by faculty members and students alike.


Geosphere 2015

Since its founding 50 years ago, the NUS Geographical Society – affectionately referred to by students and staff as Geog Soc (pronounced “Jeog-Sok”) – has served the needs, welfare, and aspirations of NUS Geographers. One of the ways the society reaches out to its students and staff is through its annual publication, Geosphere.

If you’re a geographer or just interested in all things geographical, read on for articles written by both students and staff on diverse topics, from the role of geographical information systems in making renewable energy systems sustainable, taking urban aspirations seriously, to the perfect geographer’s wishlist of merchandise any geographer would wish to own – think map watches!



Curious about how our friends in the Law Faculty spend their days in NUS’ Bukit Timah Campus (BTC)? Perhaps you’re a prospective student wondering if the Law School culture is just the thing for you? Visit Justified, NUS Law Club’s student-run website, for updates on the likes of the faculty’s matriculation week, what students should do during their December vacation (after all, it’s not all law school and no life at BTC), and even interesting interview features with prominent lawyers!

Justified writers have interviewed Law and Home Affairs Minister K. Shanmugam on the supply of lawyers in Singapore and also written deeply personal Q&A articles with non-faculty staff such as school custodian Aunty Tara and BTC Co-Op lady Auntie Saddiah.



One of the better known publications from the NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences is NUS History Society’s Mnemozine, which features interviews with fresh graduates and history professors (check out the feature on Assoc Prof Ian Gordon in the April 2014 issue). You’ll also chance upon interesting reads on topics such as changes in mass media over time, which will doubtless pique your interest – that is, if the publication’s stellar graphics haven’t already done so.

Mnemozine is distributed to all current students, staff, friends, and benefactors of the society, and is also available online. Or you can, you know, grab one from anyone in the history department.



A semesterly publication by the NUS Architecture Society since September 2012, Paperspace aims to “challenge current modes of design education” and be a space of expression “without the boundaries of design briefs”.

Expect interviews with the everyday ‘Archi’ student, featured student works, and opinion pieces on architectural and design matters. Past issues of this earnest and visually appealing magazine are easily accessible online, but also keep your eyes peeled for the limited printed copies! Best to do that by keeping up with their website and Facebook page for announcements.


Symbal Mag

Symbal, an online publication by the NUS Literary Society, aims to be a platform showcasing works of young writers across not only NUS but all tertiary institutions. Celebrating the diversity of local literary talent, the magazine welcomes contributions in any form of creative content, including – but by no means limited – to prose, poetry, articles and plays.

Expect poems written by a range of writers on topics as varied as Reversi, Uniquely Singaporean pick-up lines, and even interviews with professors (Dr Miguel Escobar Varela) and alumni (including Dan Koh, a former NUS lit major who’s been in the publishing industry for two years).

Know any other good reads on campus? Leave us a comment on our website or on our Facebook page!

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Elizabeth Kamaldin
A mass communications student turned human geographer, Elizabeth loves travelling and immersing herself in new places and spaces... and writing about them later! When not busy finding pet rocks, considering adding them to her ever growing collection (every geographer must surely have one!) she also dabbles in art and craft, and likes to think of herself as an amateur watercolour/ink artist (check out her ig @littlecorals)!