About U of T Magazine


U of T Magazine is the official magazine of the University of Toronto, and is sent quarterly – in March, June, September and December – to more than 300,000 alumni and friends of the university. The magazine is also available on campus to students, faculty and staff. Although the print edition of the magazine is available only to members of the U of T community, anyone can sign up for a quarterly email with links to the electronic edition of the magazine at www.alumni.utoronto.ca/emagazine.

Since 2005, U of T Magazine has won 50 gold, silver and bronze awards from the Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education and the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education in Washington, D.C. The magazine has also been nominated for five National Magazine Awards.

Founded in 1827, the University of Toronto is Canada’s largest and most distinguished university. It offers teaching programs in 17 academic divisions spread over three campuses and in nine fully affiliated teaching hospitals in Toronto.

U of T Magazine and the environment

The magazine bears the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Mix label, which means that our pages are made with combination of FSC virgin fibre, recycled materials with Controlled virgin fibre.

U of T Magazine is printed on FSC-certified Flo Gloss (45-pound) paper. The magazine cover and gatefold is printed on Somerset Gloss (70-pound). No ancient forests are being used for the pulp of either stock.

Sometimes, the University of Toronto’s colleges and faculties choose to package their own publication with U of T Magazine. This enables them to save money on postage and it reduces the environmental impact of multiple mailings.

However, this process requires the use of a plastic polybag. Some readers have expressed concern over the potential waste and environmental damage of using such a wrap.

We wish to assure readers that the clear polybag we use within Canada, manufactured by EPI Environmental Technologies, is completely recyclable. If it does enter landfill, it will disintegrate within two years. Unfortunately, the polybag used in the U.S. is composed only partly of recycled material and does not readily decompose in landfill.

We encourage readers who would like to help us reduce our environmental footprint even further to trade their paper edition of the magazine for the electronic one (click on “Go Paperless,” above). Electronic subscribers receive an email message each quarter with links to the magazine’s latest stories and a PDF of the entire issue. By reducing our print and mailing costs, we are able to invest more in the editorial content of the magazine.

A word about letters to the editor and website comments

U of T Magazine seeks to promote understanding and awareness of the university and encourages readers to express their opinions on the issues presented in its pages. The magazine welcomes comments at its website and publishes letters to the editor. All comments and letters may be edited for clarity, civility and length. Due to space constraints, the magazine may be able to publish only a representative sample of letters received. As a rule, we don’t publish letters or comments longer than 200 words.

The University of Toronto recognizes that all members of the university community must have the right to freedom of speech and expression, which means the right to comment on any issue as well as the right to criticize the university and society at large. The university also relies on an environment of tolerance and mutual respect. Every member should be able to work, live, teach and learn in a university free from discrimination and harassment.