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Congratulations Graduates!

The Gaelic graduation took place at a memorable ceremony in Elphinstone Hall, King's College on July 8th and the Department of Gaelic warmly congratulates all six graduates. We wish Justine MacKay (Gaelic), Cara Coburn (Gaelic), Mhairi Martin (Gaelic and Geography), Katie Seal, Kerri McEwan (Gaelic and French) agus Thomas Smith (Gaelic and History) the very best with future work and studies.


AHRC invests in the future of research in the Celtic Languages

The Gaelic Department has contributed to a successful bid to secure AHRC funding to support PhD work over a five year period. The Arts and Humanities Research Council has awarded funding of £1.8 million over 5 years to a new collaborative Doctoral Training Centre in the Celtic Languages. Led by the University of Glasgow, a consortium of 12 higher education organisations across the UK will award doctoral studentships and support the training of students in a new, collaborative fashion. The universities of Aberdeen, Bangor, Cambridge, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Oxford, Swansea, Queens University Belfast, the University of Ulster, the University of the Highlands and Islands/Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, and the University of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies, will organise new training programmes in the Celtic Languages in support of this Centre, and students will be enabled in an unprecedented way to partake of shared supervision and resources across these universities, and to engage with partners outside the higher education sector. The consortium will be aided in this by three core partners, BBC Northern Ireland, Bòrd na Gàidhlig, and the National Library of Wales. Dr Moray Watson, who led the University of Aberdeen’s contribution to the bid, said: ‘The AHRC has recognised the University’s commitment to Gaelic and its Celtic context with this award. We look forward to working with our eleven partner institutions in managing this fund, and we plan to take advantage of the new opportunities it brings.’

Scottish Funding Council invests in the National Gaelic Dictionary Project

Dr Moray Watson represented the University this summer at a special event organised to mark the announcement of SFC funding to support the inter-university National Gaelic Dictionary Project (Faclair na Gàidhlig). The event was hosted by the Gaelic college on Skye, whose Principal, Professor Boyd Robertson, is the chair of the Faclair na Gàidhlig steering committee. Vice-Chair of the Scottish Funding Council, Paul McKelvie, announced that the Dictionary will receive £2 million over 5 years, allowing the project to progress to the next stage. First Minister Alex Salmond MSP welcomed the SFC’s support for the project.

Fèis Leabhraichean Dhùn Èideann

Photo of Dr Moray WatsonDr Moray Watson, winner of the Dùais Dhòmhnaill Meek 2012 and author of An Introduction to Gaelic Fiction, will chair a special event at the Edinburgh International Book Festival to mark 10 years of the Ùr-Sgeul imprint, which champions contemporary fiction in the Gaelic language.


Staff Attend Conference at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver

Dr Moray Watson and Dr Michelle Macleod joined colleagues from the Institute of Scottish and Irish Studies to give papers at the international conference, ‘On the Edge: Transitions, Transgressions and Transformations In Irish and Scottish Studies’ in June 2013. Moray’s paper was entitled ‘Crossing the Boundaries in Gaelic Fiction’ and Michelle spoke to the title, ‘Language on the edge: Derick Thomson’s portrayals of the marginalisation of Gaelic in the twentieth century’. The conference was jointly organised by The Canadian Association for Irish Studies/L'Association canadienne d'études irlandaises and the Research Institute of Irish and Scottish Studies, University of Aberdeen.