The Cheese Grater Magazine Society is more than just a magazine. It’s also a pyramid scheme. We create the satirical magazine The Cheese Grater, our intersectional feminist zine Grater Expectations and run comedy sketch group the UCL Graters.
The Cheese Grater
The Cheese Grater was founded in 2004 as the alternative magazine at Students’ Union UCL, for those who wish to read something intelligent, funny and biting. In November 2006, the magazine won Best Small Budget Publication at the Guardian Student Media Awards, with Time Out London editor Gordon Thompson describing it as a ‘diamond in a sea of shit’. Most recently, The Cheese Grater won UCL Print Publication of the Year 2017-18 in the annual Students’ Union arts awards.
Investigations in The Cheese Grater attempts to understand the goings on in UCL, covering everything from the inanities of student politics to how the Machiavellian manoeuvres of UCL management impact daily life on campus.
The Humour section of The Cheese Grater sprawls over the grubby second half of the bi-termly magazine. Featuring satirical news articles, fake (and often libelous) interviews, funny adverts for questionable products, surreal excursions into B-List celebrities’ lives, and soul-searching cartoons, the Humour section is “probably in the top two sections of the magazine” [Quote: Jack Redfern, Humour Editor, 2016–17].
Alongside the regular magazine, in 2016 The Cheese Grater published the first issue of Grater Expectations, a zine with a strong intersectional feminist focus. It aims to give our members the opportunity to reimagine what university satire can be, and publish outside of the usual format of The Cheese Grater.
Taking after their parent magazine, the UCL Graters were founded in 2011, in order to revitalise UCL’s student comedy scene with something that was genuinely funny. Diving headlong into the dark and absurd, the Graters have performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival every year since their birth. They have been highly successful, receiving 5-star reviews, and comedian Reginald D. Hunter said: “I can’t promise I’ll come see your show, but I’ll try.”