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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  • A Century of Gaelic Drama

    MacLeod, M. C. (ed.)

    Vol. 50, Association of Scottish Literary Studies, Glasgow. 200 pages

    Books and Reports: Scholarly Editions

  • Multimedia web-based intervention and implementation of motivational factors in incentive strategies on learning motivation

    Meng, D., Meng, C., Macleod, M.

    Multimedia Tools and Applications, vol. 79, no. 15-16, pp. 10915-10933

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • “New Speakers, New Language? A pilot study of young Gaelic bilinguals’ language practices”

    MacLeod, M. C.

    Studia Celtica Posnaniensia

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Planning for growth: the professionalisation of the taskforce for Gaelic revitalisation

    MacLeod, M., Armstrong, T. C., Munro, G., Taylor, I.

    Gaelic in Contemporary Scotland. Marsaili, M., Smith-Christmas, C. (eds.). Edinburgh University Press

    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters

  • Structure and Agency: Influences on and Experiences of Learning Gaelic in Adulthood

    MacLeod, M., MacLeod, M. C.

    Contributions to Conferences: Papers

  • An Fhirinn agus A' Bhreug: Deich Dealbhan-cluiche le Tormod Calum Domhnallach (The Truth and The Lie: Ten Plays by Norman Malcolm MacDonald)

    MacLeod, M. C.

    Aberdeen University Press, Aberdeen. 184 pages

    Books and Reports: Scholarly Editions

  • Structur agus Fèin-riaghladh: Buaidhean agus Fèin-fhiosrachadh air Gàidhlig Ionnsachadh mar Inbhich (Structure and Agency: Influences on and Experiences of Learning Gaelic in Adulthood)

    MacLeod, M., MacLeod, M. C.

    Contributions to Conferences: Papers

  • Lìbhrigeadh Gàidhlig do Dh’inbhich tro Ùlpan: Delivery of Gaelic to Adults through Ùlpan (Delivery of Gaelic to Adults through Ùlpan)

    MacLeod, M., Macleod, M. C., Milligan Dombrowski, L., Jones, K.

    Bord na Gaidhlig. 175 pages

    Books and Reports: Commissioned Reports

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