Cultural research activity
Archaeology and geophysics
Our archaeology department, based at Orkney College UHI, combines internationally recognised research excellence with professional expertise in all aspects of archaeology and geophysics.
Gaelic language and culture
We offer the UK's only Gaelic medium teaching and research institution at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig UHI on the Isle of Skye. It has a reputation for international excellence in research into Celtic studies and house an impressive collection of Gaelic, Celtic and Highland resources and archives.
On the Northern Isles of Orkney and Shetland is the ; the first research centre of its kind to study the islands from a Nordic perspective. The centre gained international recognition for its research into Nordic and Northern Scottish culture and heritage.
Remote and rural studies
At Highland Theological College UHI in Dingwall research staff are producing work that was recognised in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) as 'internationally excellent'. The college boasts an extensive library of more than 60,000 theological titles, some of which are globally important archives.
Cultural research projects
Inscription as Social Practice: Understanding rock-art and grafitti in Orkney.This project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council to be undertaken at Orkney College UHI as a PhD studentship, will use innovative techniques to record, catalogue and interpret rock-art and grafitti of all periods in Orkney, within the World Heritage Site and elsewhere.
Soillse - a research capacity building project to support and revitalise the Gaelic language and culture. This initiative is led by Sabhal Mòr Ostaig UHI in partnership with Lews Castle College UHI and the Universities of Glasgow, Aberdeen and Edinburgh and is funded by Scottish Funding Council SRDG scheme.
The Assembly Project (TAP) - Meeting places in Northern Europe AD 400 -1500, is a collaborative project investigating the first systems of governance in Northern Europe. The project is being undertaken at the UHI Centre for Nordic Studies in Orkney.