Welcome to The Broad, 

a unique online student publication. Unique in our lack of affiliation, political leaning or having to answer to a student union. Debate and free speech on campuses across UK universities can often be limited by careful decisions of student bodies or somewhere higher, in a detached and often damaging way. Free speech, with key caveats, is a vital pillar of democracy and academia.

Almost four years ago, Oliver, one of our co-founders discovered this when trying to get involved in Edinburgh’s student journalism scene after a piece he wrote on a sensitive topic, that was well-sourced and argued, was published with the removal of key points and purposeful editing – all without the consent of the author. 

In response to this, Oliver and his friend as well as co-founder, Joseph, decided to establish The Broad: a platform free from the pressures of student unions, societies and university faculties controlling what is and what is not allowed to be said. Since then, The Broad has fostered an inclusive platform, publishing articles from all across the political spectrum and beyond into arts and culture. It has become more than just a space for students to speak and be heard, but a place for passionate debate and a stepping-stone for students into media and journalism. 

We have learnt a lot in the time The Broad has been running, including the importance of not publishing everything that is handed to us. Journalism, especially in this day and age, must maintain its integrity by being honest, well-argued and reliably sourced; something that we at The Broad ensure all our content is. 

At The Broad, everyone is welcome. We are not guided by a political agenda and our Editor-in-Chief, Fiona, is impartial and passionate in equal measure. 

The opinions on The Broad are those of the author and are no reflection of the views of the website itself or its owners. 

Meet the team behind the running of The Broad

Editorial and Illustration Team

Fiona McDonald, Editor-in-Chief
Lauren Galligan, Deputy Editor
Frances Tappin, Deputy Editor
Rachel Slater, Editorial Secretary
Mairi Bruce, Editorial Assistant
Megan Le Brocq, Resident Illustrator

Management Team

Felix Pawlyn, Managing Director
Jack Liddall, Secretary
Caroline Broe, Strategic Manager

Press Coverage of The Broad

The Scotsman: ‘Censorship on Edinburgh Uni campus drives creation of new website’ (by our co-founders and editor-in-chief): ‘Our new website will challenge the culture of censorship on campus’ 

The Ham & High (page 12): ‘Students set up website to counter censorship and ‘political correctness’ on campus’

Scan – Lancaster University: Interview: ‘The Broad (a free speech-focused student comment site) 

Bubble – Durham University: ‘I won’t refuse you a seat at supper’

Our Code of Ethics

The Broad’s operations are governed by our Code of Ethics. These can be viewed in full here.