Gaelic at the University of Edinburgh


The University was successful in receiving part-funding from Bòrd na Gàidhlig to run an all-staff and all-student questionnaire.

Students working toward the Edinburgh Award (Gaelic Outreach)

This mapping exercise of staff and students was undertaken in order to investigate existing Gaelic language competencies and the opportunities for the development of increased acquisition, usage and status of Gaelic within the University.

The questionnaire assessed the following:

  • Gaelic language ability and interest in Gaelic classes.
  • Interest in Gaelic cultural events.
  • The perceived importance of Gaelic language and culture.

Dr Guy Puzey of the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures undertook work on the questionnaire which ran for three weeks in March and April 2012. 1,853 individuals responded to the survey, representing approximately 4.9% of the University’s total number of students and staff. The final questionnaire report is available below.

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