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The Gaudie
Type Fortnightly during Aberdeen University term time
Format Tabloid
Founded 1934
Political alignment None
Language English
Headquarters Butchart Building, University Road, Aberdeen
Circulation c. 3,000 (potential 15,000 readership students[1])
Official website

The Gaudie is an independent student run newspaper at the University of Aberdeen covering campus and local news. It has been in circulation since 1934 and is currently free-of-charge. The Gaudie is partially funded by Aberdeen University Students' Association, and partially by its own advertising revenue. In 2009, it celebrated its diamond (75th) anniversary by holding a ceilidh.


The Gaudie was first released in 1934 as a weekly student paper. It is recognised as one of the oldest student newspapers in Scotland and the United Kingdom, and in 2003 was stated as the oldest by the Guardian. It has been produced by Aberdeen's student association by students since its inception in 1934. It appeared in the press in 2003 when the then editorial team resigned in protest over the Aberdeen University Students' Association attempts to enforce content and restrict the budget and print run. Since 2009, the paper has seen a revival around campus and has successfully re-established itself around the King's College Campus.

2003 Resignation Controversy[edit]

In 2003, there was outrage over the attempts by the Aberdeen University Students' Association to enforce content on the editorial team. AUSA believed that as the Students' Association paid for the paper, they were entitled to advertise the Association and its endeavours. Led by Mark Lindley-Highfield of Ballumbie Castle (The 14th Baron of Cartsburn), the entire editorial team of the paper resigned. The issue was taken to Parliament by the MP for Shetland and Orkney, criticizing the Students' Association's "ill-advised move". During Lindley-Highfield of Ballumbie Castle's tenure, the paper doubled its number of pages and increased the proportion of the paper produced in colour while still performing better than budget on the back of increased circulation and greater advertising revenue, which he put down to the excellent team.[2]


The Gaudie has an enormous history at the University of Aberdeen and continues to build on its reputation. Many Alumni recall their take on the paper and its progression since their time at AU. It has been an intrinsic part of the student community for 80 years, and is popular among students.


  1. ^ Profile: University of Aberdeen, The Sunday Times, 13 September 2009.
  2. ^ Curtis, Polly (2003-05-16). "MPs debate future of Scotland's oldest student newspaper, Guardian". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 2009-08-30. 

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