Professor Michelle MacLeod

Professor Michelle MacLeod
Professor Michelle MacLeod
Professor Michelle MacLeod

M.A. (Hons), PhD (Aberdeen)

Director of the Confucius Institute, Personal Chair


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


I have worked at the University of Aberdeen since September 2004 and was promoted to Personal Chair in Gaelic in 2019. In addition to my teaching and research responsibilities I have also held various admin and leadership roles, most recently as the Director of the Confucius Institute at the University of Aberdeen.

I teach and carry out research in areas related to Scottish Gaelic language and culture. I am passionate about multilingualism and inter-cultural communication and have attempted to learn a number of other languages to various degrees of success.

Memberships and Affiliations

Internal Memberships

I am a member of the University's International Patnership Committee and I sit on the University's Gaelic Language Plan Advisory Group In 2022 I was elected to sit on the University's Senate.

External Memberships
  • Chair of the Catherine McCaig Trust
  • Member of the British Academy / UCML Strategic Committee for Languages in Higher Education

Prizes and Awards

In 2021 I won the Donald Meek Prize for the best non-fiction Gaelic book Fichead Bliadhna air An Ard-urlar / A Century of Gaelic Drama published by the Association for Scottish Literary Studies.

In 2022 I was one of three AHRC Future of Languages Research Fellows.


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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  • Against Exclusionary Gaelic Language Policy: A Response to Ó Giollagáin and Caimbeul

    McLeod, W., Dunbar, R., Macleod, M., O’rourke, B., Dunmore, S., Armstrong, T. C.
    Scottish Affairs, vol. 31, no. 1, pp. 84-103
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Dràma na Gàidhlig: Ceud Bliadhna air an Àrd-Ùrlar

    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, 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
  • Perceptions of creativity and authenticity when acquiring a minoritised language as an adult

    MacLeod, M., MacLeod, M., Dombrowski, L.
    Scottish Gaelic Studies, vol. 31, pp. 48-69
    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
  • The closed room: expressions of existentialism and absurdity in Gaelic drama

    MacLeod, M.
    International Journal of Scottish Theatre and Screen, vol. 9, pp. 89–112
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • 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

    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

    MacLeod, M., MacLeod, M. C.
    Contributions to Conferences: Papers
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