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Postgraduate Distance-Learning:

  • The Theory and Context of Recordkeeping 
  • Archive Management: Principles and Practice
  • Archive Services, Access and Preservation 

Undergraduate Level 4:

Undergraduate Distance-Learning:

  • Outreach and Education: An Introduction to the Dissemination and Promotion of Archives
  • An Introduction to the Management and Preservation of Archives 

Other teaching experience includes twice yearly CAIS Study Schools and international European-funded summer schools in Härnösand, 2012 and Dundee, 2013.


Dr Craig Gauld has an honours degree in History from the University of Strathclyde, a postgraduate degree in Information Management and Preservation from the University of Glasgow, a PhD in Archival Theory from the University of Glasgow and is a professional archivist. He is Lecturer in Archive and Information Studies and Programme Convenor for Archive and Information Studies and the MLitt Scottish History by Distance Learning. He is also the School of Humanities (SoH) Distance-Learning Officer.


Dr. Craig Gauld carries out research into recordkeeping theory, the role of the Archivist in the 21st Century and how the changing nature of information threatens the recordkeeping profession. His latest publication argues that 'a challenge to the archive has emerged over the past decade with the potential to alter the archival profession and change the role of the archivist as it has been traditionally understood. At its core is a call for the full democratisation of knowledge. Advocates of this movement take on notions of control and mediation in the digital realm, a consequence of which is the potential by-passing of the privileger / gatekeeper. This paper will examine this shift and will argue that now, more than ever, the profession needs to understand and recognise the transformative and democratic effects the archive can have via the act of privileging as it is precisely our continuing reliance upon filtering information for dissemination and preservation that will keep the profession relevant and important in the twenty-first century.' 

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Glasgow

Master of Science, University of Glasgow

Bachelor of Arts, University of Strathclyde


  • CD921 Archives
  • Recordkeeping
  • Information
  • Records Management

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Research Output 2017 2018

The end of archival ideas?

Gauld, C., Aug 2018, Archival Futures. Brown, C. (ed.). Facet Publishing, 13 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Open Access
2 Citations (Scopus)
230 Downloads (Pure)

Democratising or privileging: the democratisation of knowledge and the role of the archivist

Gauld, C., Sep 2017, In : Archival Science. 17, 3, p. 227-245 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
twenty-first century
163 Downloads (Pure)
Open Access
Distance education
distance learning

Activities 2019 2020

  • 1 Participation in conference
  • 1 Editorial activity

Archives and Records (Journal)

Craig Gauld (Guest editor)

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activity

International Council on Archives Section on University and Research Institution Archives (ICA/SUV) Annual Conference

Craig Gauld (Member of programme committee)

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference