Jess Rolfe

Editor in Chief of The York Tab

Jess Rolfe
York University

Student news, student lifestyle, Campus culture, University of York, York, Features, Politics, Pop culture, Taylor Swift

  • Jess Rolfe is currently the Editor in Chief of The York Tab where she oversees a whole team of editors and writers, as well as commissioning and editing articles and writing pieces herself
  • Jess is passionate about covering anything from breaking news to features about the Uni of York, the local area, and student life
  • She is also a radio presenter and was recently shortlisted for a national student radio award for best interview


Jess Rolfe joined The York Tab in 2022 during her first year of university as a student contributor going to become Features Editor, and is now the Editor in Chief


Jess is in her final year at the University of York studying a BA in Politics with International Relations. Her dissertation looks at the use of TikTok in political campaigns


The Tab's journalism is brought to you by young reporters who like being first. On university campuses, our writers deliver local news you care about. At The Tab HQ, our experienced journalists write about everything from breaking news to politics to pop culture to TikTok trends to the latest entertainment and celeb gossip. Our aim is to deliver sharp, original, and agenda-setting journalism to young people. All our stories are fact checked and sources verified. Further information on our editorial policies and processes can be found here.


Erm, a Lancaster student has confessed to killing Long Boi but the uni has said otherwise

An anonymous confession claimed to have put the duck in a plastic bag and thrown him in the lake

Uni of York Pro-Palestine encampment spreads to second lawn after one week of occupation

Demonstrators have been demanding the uni fully cut ties with weapons manufacturers

Roses are officially red as Lancaster wins third consecutive tournament

Lancaster won Roses 2024 by the end of day two

University of York becomes first UK university to divest in arms industry

The University will no longer invest in the arms industry, fossil fuel banking, and international law violators

Applications to join The York Tab’s editorial team are now OPEN!

The deadline for applications is Wednesday 8th May

YUSU The Lounge to be renamed ‘Long Boi’s Lounge’ with Greg James hosting official opening

Long Boi’s Lounge will open exactly one year on from the famous duck’s tragic passing

Here’s what each song on Ariana Grande’s new album would be like on a night out in York

We can’t be friends is SO sobbing in the Salvos smoking area

Missing University of York PhD student found ‘safe and well’ by police following search

27-year-old Orlagh Anderson had been missing since yesterday evening but has since been located

YUSU responds to claims made by former officers that SU blocked plant-based food policy

YUSU’s Environment and Ethics Officers’ resigned last week calling the institution ‘hostile’ to progressive change

York Students’ Union officers resign calling institution ‘hostile’ and ‘anti-democratic’

YUSU’s Environment and Ethics officers resigned yesterday

Concerns for student rowers over ‘dangerous levels’ of bacteria found in York’s River Ouse

A sample taken from the river contained high levels of bacteria, including E. Coli and faecal matter

Um guys, we checked out *that* computer science ‘misused’ toilet and it was actually clean

The department has threatened ‘disciplinary’ action over ‘unpleasant mess’

York students threatened with ‘disciplinary’ action after continued ‘misuse’ of uni toilet

‘I will pursue this matter in the strongest possible way’

York students sent guide on how to use toilet after ‘unpleasant mess’ left in uni bathroom

‘The only place you should be going to the toilet is IN the toilet provided’

Yes, and? Every hidden Easter egg in Ariana Grande’s new music video

She really soft launched Eternal Sunshine

Meet your 2023 York BNOC competition winners: Joe Brearley and Yakov Boani

The duo host a weekly student radio show called ‘What’s for tea?’

Stop what you’re doing and VOTE in the final of York’s BNOC competition 2023

The crown is within reach

The battle for the York BNOC 2023 crown continues: Vote in round two NOW

You know what to do

We spoke to Rowan, the vibey York grad who was on the Great British Bake Off this year

Somehow he wrote his dissertation whilst filming the series

Students protest on campus against University of York’s ‘investment in arms companies’

Protesters said the university is ‘taking student fees and turning it into blood money’

Uh oh, The Yorker’s website has been hacked and is redirecting users to a porn site

The page’s Facebook, Instagram and Twitter are currently providing users with a corrupted link

He hasn’t risen: New Long Boi on York’s campus is unlikely to be the original, says expert

There’s a new Long Boi on campus

Omg guys, a new Long Boi has been spotted on York’s campus and people are going crazy

What should we call him?

Club Salvation is conducting a review after a student was punched in the face by a bouncer

A video circulated online of the altercation that took place in the club’s smoking area

Student campaigners at Uni of York have dropped a banner and let off flares from Central Hall

The group are calling on the uni to transition to plant-based catering to combat the climate crisis

A York graduate is taking part in The Great British Bake off this year

He made a three-tier, 12 layer, birthday cake for his 21st and I’m obsessed

York UCU has called off next week’s strike action after ‘positive local talks’

All teaching will go ahead as normal next week

A ‘ghost’ has been caught cycling through the Shambles in a creepy video circulating online

It was probably trying to get there nice and early to beat the Ghost Merchants’ queue

Uni of York ranks 19th in the Guardian’s best UK universities 2024 table

York has risen two places having been ranked 21st last year

Confirmed: Five days of strikes will take place at the University of York this September

Staff at both universities in York will be striking at the start of this semester

Calling all artists: Applications to design the Long Boi statue are officially open 

Applications will remain open until 15th October 2023

It’s official, a life-size statue of Long Boi will be built on York’s campus

YUSU’s fundraising campaign has raised £5,500 for the memorial

Uni of York apologises after spam email leaves students confused they’d failed degree

Students say they received no communication from the uni for a day

Only a true Swiftie will get 13/13 on this Speak Now (Taylor’s Version) lyrics quiz

Drop everything now

I watched Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging for the first time and I’ve never cringed more

It was so awful, but I loved it

‘We’ve been abandoned’: Final year York students on the impact of the marking boycott

‘Sympathy isn’t a degree, and that’s what I want’

Swifties waiting for their Eras Tour ticket codes has been chaos and these 21 memes prove it

Ticketmaster please, I need peace

York has investigated the most students for using ChatGPT out of all Russell Group unis

20 have been investigated and five have been found guilty

Parties to protests: The maddest things you’ve forgotten happened on Club Penguin

I’m still not over Operation: Blackout tbh

Quiz: Can you guess the Taylor Swift music video from just one screenshot?

If you get them all you deserve Eras Tour tickets

‘No idea what’s happening’: York students confused and frustrated by uni marking boycott

One student said that communication from the uni made it seem like ‘it’s all my fault’

Uni of York looking to find ‘alternative, well-qualified markers’ amid marking boycott

The Vice Chancellor said: ‘We will not stop these efforts so we can get your marks to you as soon as possible’

University of York students could be receiving degrees with no classification this summer

The uni has announced its plans for managing the impact of the marking and assessment boycott

The University of York has been ranked the 16th best uni in the UK

It has risen four places since last year

Uni of York’s SU is raising up to £10,000 to build a statue of Long Boi in his memory

‘Help us remember our Boi’

The University of York has confirmed Long Boi has passed away

Long Boi hasn’t had a confirmed sighting in almost two months

‘We have no option left’: Speaking to York UCU about the marking boycott

‘Charlie Jeffery should be embarrassed’

‘The king of Campus West’: Tributes pour in as York confirms Long Boi has sadly died

Greg James is holding a minute of quacking for Long Boi on the BBC Radio One Breakfast Show tomorrow

We went to find out what’s ACTUALLY in Heslington Hall and it felt so illegal

We got escorted out of the building lol

A cannabis farm worth £40,000 has been found in Tang Hall in York

Police found a ‘highly professional and sophisticated’ set up inside the property

Uni of York wins College Varsity competition against Durham University

This is York’s first ever away win at Varsity

Here are 11 things that York students would do to improve the Uni of York campus

Someone give Campus West the Greggs it deserves

An extra strike day at York has been announced for this month

Vice Chancellor, Charlie Jeffery, has described the extra strike day as ‘deeply frustrating’

A second Uni of York College is merging its men’s and women’s football clubs

Constantine College hope the move will improve inclusivity and opportunity in the game

A Uni of York football club has merged its men’s and women’s teams

James College Football Club described the move as ‘an important step towards equality in the game’

‘Teaching UK undergraduates loses universities money’ says York Vice Chancellor

Charlie Jeffery has spoken on the ‘problem of university strikes’

Confirmed: These are all the days York lecturers are striking in February and March

Staff will strike for 18 days this term, starting on February 1st

Meet the Uni of York alumni competing in Christmas University Challenge

YouTuber and former YUSU president, Tom Scott, will captain York’s team

York student must keep 500m away from King Charles and banned from carrying eggs in public

The terms are part of his bail conditions

This is everything Uni of York is doing to help students with the cost of living crisis

Measures range from monetary support to discounted breakfasts

Young people don’t want Rishi Sunak as prime minister, we want a general election

Nobody voted for this

These 13 lyrics from Taylor Swift’s Midnights were practically written for York students

This wasn’t an excuse to listen to the album again, I promise

From one student to another, here’s how I actively helped my mental health at university

The most important thing is to be kind to yourself

The University of York has been ranked the 17th best uni in the UK

It has risen two places from last year

Nominations for The York Tab’s BNOC of the year competition 2022 are now OPEN

It’s time to nominate the biggest names on campus

We spoke to The University of York’s new Harry Styles Society

They have events such as a Harry Styles club night planned

Results are in for the ugliest building on the Uni of York campus

You can probably guess the winner

Police release CCTV images after homophobic assault at York takeaway

Police believe these women may have information that can help the investigation

‘We all stand tonight with one purpose’: Vigil for Ukraine held at York

‘We all just want peace’

Calling all single York students: It’s time for York Goes Dating

Let the York see the Roast!