Professor Michelle MacLeod

Professor Michelle MacLeod
M.A. (Hons), PhD (Aberdeen)

Director of the Confucius Institute
Interim Head of School
Personal Chair

Professor Michelle MacLeod
Professor Michelle MacLeod

Contact Details

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The University of Aberdeen Room B03 Taylor Building, Gaelic, School of Language, Literature, Music and Visual Culture, Taylor Building University of Aberdeen Old Aberdeen AB24 3UB


I have been a lecturer in Gaelic since September 2004 and Senior Lecturer since August 2011. I was promoted to Personal Chair in Gaelic in 2019.


Research Interests

My areas of research include: modern Gaelic literature; the concept of Gaelic identity; the modern Gaelic community; Gaelic drama; language teaching and language planning.

Current Research

Gaelic drama, modern Gaelic literature, community language planning and adult language acquisition.


I am Co-Director of the Soillse Research Network - a research collaboration between the University of the Highlands and Islands, The University of Aberdeen, Edinburgh University and the University of Glasgow.  It has been established to provide a much enhanced research capacity to inform public policy towards the maintenance and revitalisation of gaelic language and culture.


Teaching Responsibilities

 I teach Gaelic language across the degree programme and sub-honours introductory courses on Gaelic society and literature.  I also teach honours courses on: Modern Gaelic Poetry, Gaelic Dialectology, Modern Irish Language and Language and Identity.



Further Info

External Responsibilities

  • Chair of the Catherine McCaig Trust
  • Co-Director Soillse Research Network

Admin Responsibilities

I am the Exams Officer for Gaelic and the Programme Coordinator for the Combined Honours in Scottish Studies and Sustained Studies in Arabic, Mandarin and Swedish.  I am a Deputy Director of the University of Aberdeen Confucius Institute.  I sit on the University's Gaelic Language Plan Advisory Group

Previous Employment

  • Teaching Assistant / Fellow, University of Aberdeen Celtic Department, 1994-1997
  • Lecturer in Gaelic, School of Irish, National University of Ireland, Galway, 1997-2000
  • Project Officer and Director of Ionad Chaluim Chille Ìle, 2000-2003
  • Language Planning Manager, Bòrd na Gàidhlig, 2003-2004


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  • MacLeod, M, Macleod, MC, Coyle, D & Thirkell, AM 2014, Young Speakers’ Use of Gaelic in the Primary Classroom: A multi-perspectival pilot study. Soillse, Isle of Skye.
  • MacLeod, MC, Gillian Rothach, Iain Mac an Tàilleir & Timothy Armstrong 2013, Dealbhadh Prògram CPD Airson Obair Choimhearsnachd Ghàidhlig.
  • Macleod, MC 2013, 'Leasachadh Gàidhlig anns a’ choimhearsnachd: dùbhlain agus siostaman taic', Scottish Gaelic Studies.
  • MacLeod, M 2010, Leasachadh Gàidhlig anns a' choimhearsnachd: teoric agus gnìomh. Unknown Publisher.
  • MacLeod, M 2010, 'The Cianalas code: bridging traditional verse and modern poetry', Scottish Gaelic Studies, vol. 26, pp. 67-86.
  • MacLeod, M 2009, Language and Identity in Modern Gaelic Verse. in I Brown & A Riach (eds), Edinburgh Companion to Twentieth Century Scottish Literature. Edinburgh Companions to Scottish Literature, Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh, United Kingdom, pp. 167-180.
  • MacLeod, MC 2008, Gaelic Language Use in the Classroom. Bord na Gaidhlig, Inverness, United Kingdom.
  • MacLeod, MC 2008, 'The Gaelic Plays of Tormod Calum Domhnallach', Scottish Gaelic Studies, vol. 24, pp. 405-418.
  • MacLeod, MC 2007, Gaelic Prose Fiction in English. in B Schoene (ed.), The Edinburgh Companion to Contemporary Scottish Literature. Edinburgh Companions to Scottish Literature, Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh, United Kingdom, pp. 149-158.
  • MacLeod, MC 2007, 'Measuring Gaelic Language Planning', Scottish Language, vol. 26, pp. 61-78.
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