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Institute for Northern Studies

We are internationally renowned for our innovative undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and research programmes in Culture and Heritage, Orkney and Shetland Studies, Highlands and Islands Literature, Scottish Heritage, Viking Studies and Islands Studies.

INS led the UHI Area Studies submission to REF 2021 which came 1st in Scotland overall and 1st equal in the UK for research impact.

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Our blogs and exhibitions feature the work of internationally renowned scholars in Northern Studies and the work of our students. The INS seminars are open to anyone to attend and we have a large selection of past seminars online.

The Girnel is our Oral History Archive and features the memories and tales of Orkney historian Peter Leith.

The publications and current projects of our staff give an indepth guide to their research interests.

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INS led the UHI Area Studies submission to REF 2021 which came 1st in Scotland overall and 1st equal in the UK for research impact.

REF Results 2021