University unveils latest Gaelic Language Plan

The University of the Highlands and Islands has published its third Gaelic Language Plan. The document sets out the university’s strategy for continuing to promote and develop the use of Gaelic through its practices, curriculum and communications until 2022. Proposals include producing more bilingual resources, encouraging staff to learn Gaelic as part of their development plans and holding more Gaelic events.

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The document will build on achievements made under the university’s previous plans. During the 2014 to 2018 plan, the university expanded its Gaelic curriculum, developing a range of new programmes, including a BA (Hons) in Gaelic and education and Professional Graduate Diplomas for primary and secondary teacher education. It also worked with staff around the partnership to hold Gaelic awareness sessions and increase the use of Gaelic throughout the network.

Professor Clive Mulholland, University of the Highlands and Islands Principal and Vice-Chancellor, explained the importance of the plan: "As the only university based in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland, we are intensely aware of our responsibilities to enhance the use and status of Gaelic. While we are proud of our achievements to date, we also are keen to build on these successes. The new plan demonstrates the university’s continuing commitment to the Gaelic language."

Shona MacLennan, Chief Executive Officer at Bòrd na Gàidhlig, commented:
"We very much welcome the University of the Highlands and Islands Gaelic Plan as this plan will support more people using Gaelic more often both within the organisation and with the public. University of the Highlands and Islands’ courses and research are extremely important for learning Gaelic and for learning through the medium of Gaelic. In addition, the University of the Highlands and Islands is extremely important in retaining people in the Highlands and Islands and attracting others to the area."

The University of the Highlands and Islands’ third Gaelic Language Plan has been prepared in line with statutory criteria set out in the Gaelic Language (Scotland) Act 2005 and included public consultation. It was approved by the national Gaelic development agency, Bòrd na Gàidhlig, in February. The plan can be viewed and downloaded at www.uhi.ac.uk/gaelicplan. Printed copies are also available on request.

Any questions about the plan can be directed to the university’s Gaelic officer, DJ MacIntyre, on 01463 279350 or communications@uhi.ac.uk

Find out more about our Gaelic programmes.