Professor Michelle MacLeod

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

Director of the Confucius Institute
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.

Memberships and Affiliations


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

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

Research Overview

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.





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  • Puer Aeternus: a’ chiad phearsa ann an trì nobhailean Gàidhlig (Puer Aeternus: the first person in three Gaelic novels)

    MacLeod, M. C.

    Léann, vol. 1, pp. 37-45

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Theories of Language Planning

    MacLeod, M. C.

    Stornoway, United Kingdom: Western Isles Language Planning Group. 20 pages

    Books and Reports: Commissioned Reports

  • 2020 Vision: A Consultative Survey of the Gaelic Development Sector

    MacLeod, M. C.

    Inverness, United Kingdom: Bord na Gaidhlig

    Books and Reports: Commissioned Reports

  • "Eilean Beag Donn a' Chuain": A'Mhuir mar mheatafor ann am Bàrdachd Leòdhais

    MacLeod, M. C.

    In: Cruth na Tire (eds.McLeod,W;Ní Annracháain) Coisceim, Dublin, pp. 121-135, 14 pages

    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters

  • Home and Exile: a comparison of the poetry of Máirtín Ó Direáin and Ruaraidh MacThòmais

    MacLeod, M. C.

    New Hibernia Review, vol. 5, no. 2, pp. 72-81

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Language and bilingualism in the Gaelic Poetry of Ian Crichton Smith

    MacLeod, M. C.

    Scottish Studies Review, vol. 2, no. 2, pp. 105-113

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Teaching Scottish Gaelic to Irish Speakers

    MacLeod, M. C.

    Journal of Celtic Language Learning, vol. 5, pp. 77-81

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Smuaintean an eilthirich: Leodhas agus Fanas ann am bardachd Ruairidh Mhic Thomais (Lewis and void in the poetry of Derick Thomson)

    MacLeod, M. C.

    Scottish Gaelic Studies, vol. 19, pp. 59-65

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

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