An Open Letter to the University of Aberdeen
Updated: Jun 19
As alumni, staff, students, and members of the public, we call on the University to provide funding to secure The Gaudie's future
Since 1934, The Gaudie, the University of Aberdeen's student newspaper, has stood for quality and independent journalism while focusing on issues important to the students of Aberdeen. The Gaudie has massive support from students and the general community, with 25,000 hits on their website just this year.
The Gaudie has provided excellent journalism on the University’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Aberdeen City Council’s cuts to libraries and swimming pools, reporting on local arts and culture events, such as Aberdeen Performing Arts True North Tribute, and much more.
The paper has also won awards from the Student Publication Association and has had stories picked up by major news outlets, and many alumni have gone on to find jobs in journalism and related industries.
It is crucial for students who are looking to continue careers in this sphere of work. Members of The Gaudie build communication, develop writing and editing skills, learn how to operate essential creative programs, and engage in media and public relations networking. These are fantastic experiences for students looking to enter creative industries, which are known for their competitive nature.
Ninety years ago, a copy of the newspaper cost just one penny. Today, all content is freely accessed—without paywalls, subscriptions, or advertisements, ensuring independent journalism and a wide and inclusive readership.
However, due to funding shortfalls, the future of The Gaudie is in jeopardy. In order to fund printing costs for the upcoming academic year, the editorial team must rely upon conditional grants and fundraising appeals.
The current support is deeply appreciated, but nonetheless, amidst rising costs, The Gaudie’s prospective finances are not adequate to guarantee its future.
As such, we as students, staff, alumni, and members of the public call on the University of Aberdeen to restore guaranteed funding for The Gaudie and to work with the current editorial team to ensure the long term stability of this vital community resource.
As The Gaudie celebrates its 90th year of publishing in 2024, we affirm its commitment to the ideals of independence, integrity, and creativity which have characterised its work since the beginning—and we hope to see The Gaudie continue to inspire for ninety more years.