Professor Michelle MacLeod

Professor Michelle MacLeod
Professor Michelle MacLeod
Professor Michelle MacLeod

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

Personal Chair, Dean for Impact & Engagement

Email Address
Telephone Number
+44 (0)1224 272548
Office Address

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

School of Language, Literature, Music and Visual Culture
Senior Vice Principals


I have worked at the University of Aberdeen since September 2004 and was promoted to Personal Chair in Gaelic in 2019. 

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.

I have held various leadership positions at the University, including a spell as Interim Head of School of Language, Literature, Music and Visual Culture and Director of the Confucius Institute. I am currently Dean for Impact and Engagement.

Memberships and Affiliations

Internal Memberships

I am a member of several University committees, including: the Partnership Committee, Research Committee and Enterprise and Innovation Committee. I sit on the University's Gaelic Language Plan Advisory Group also 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
  • Chair of Theatre gu Leor
  • Member, Bord na Gaidhlig

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.

Knowledge Exchange

I have been appointed by the Scottish Government as a board member of Bord na Gaidhlig: the non-departmental public body with responsibility for promoting Gaelic and overseeing the implementation of the National Plan for Gaelic.


I recently collaborated with colleagues in Sabhal Mor Ostaig and Comunn na Gaidhlig to establish a pilot network for community language development officers.


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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