Language Act

The Gaelic Language (Scotland) Act 2005 was passed by the Scottish Parliament with a view to securing the status of the Gaelic language as an official language of Scotland commanding equal respect to the English language.

One of the key features of the 2005 Act is the provision enabling Bòrd na Gàidhlig, the national public body responsible for the preservation of Gaelic, to require public bodies to prepare Gaelic Language Plans. This provision was designed to ensure that the public sector in Scotland plays its part in creating a sustainable future for Gaelic by raising its status and profile and creating practical opportunities for its use.

Through its Gaelic Language Plan, the University looks to contribute to the national effort to put in place the necessary structures and initiatives to ensure that Gaelic has a sustainable future. The University’s Gaelic Language Plan was launched on 26 April 2013.

Language Plan

University of Aberdeen Gaelic Language Plan 2019-2024

The University of Aberdeen has prepared its first Gaelic Language Plan to promote the use and acquisition of Gaelic under the Gaelic Language (Scotland) Act 2005. It has also developed and adopted a Gaelic Language Policy to affirm its commitment to Gaelic.

Both the Plan and Policy are available in English or Gaelic here: Policy Zone.

Advisory Group

To assist in developing and implementing the University’s Plan, we have established a Gaelic Language Plan Advisory Group under the convenership of Vice-Principal Professor Marion Campbell. This Group is responsible for monitoring the implementation of the Plan and for reporting internally to the University Management Group and externally to Bòrd na Gàidhlig, on an annual basis, on progress made against the commitments it contains.

For further details on the Advisory Group, please contact the Clerk, Ashley Kirby.