The Institute for Northern Studies is involved in advising local and national groups on product development in areas linked to our research.

Highland Park's Valhalla Collection

The Norse Spirit project was part of the Institute for Northern Studies' ethos of community engagement and Knowledge Exchange and represents an innovative collaboration between a university cultural studies research centre and a commercial business. The team acted as research advisors for brand development, product packaging design, labelling, packaging and the website – engaging customers not only in the product but in the heritage of the Scottish island on which it is made, and giving Orkney's Nordic heritage an international reach.

Northlink Ferries 'Vikings!' area on the ferries to Orkney and Shetland.

In 2013/14  the Institute contributed to educational material for a new 'Vikings!' area on-board the Northlink ferries to the Scottish Northern Isles of Orkney and Shetland, including developing an educational pack for children, content for the website and engaging both visitors and islanders with the Nordic heritage of the islands.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Modules

Providing CPD modules for Museums Galleries Scotland


Delivering Scottish Tourist Guides Association (STGA) Green Badge Regional Tourist Guiding Training Qualification for the Orkney Islands (in partnership with local tourist guiding businesses Cruise Orkney, RainGoose, Orkney Marine Services, and supported by Historic Scotland, Tomb of Eagles, the Orkney Museums & Heritage Society, Orkney College and Orkney Islands Council).

Development of Scottish Tourist Guides Association (STGA) Blue Badge courses across Scotland.

Translation Services

We can provide translation services in the following languages: German, Swedish, Norwegian, Gaelic, Old Norse. Please contact us to discuss requirements and availability.