Celtic & Scottish Studies


News from the Department of Celtic and Scottish Studies.

Supporting linguistic diversity in Scotland

Isla Parker by a lake in the Scottish highlands
Creating opportunities for Gaelic language use within the University of Edinburgh and strengthening relationships with the wider Gaelic community, Isla Parker talks to us about her role as the University’s Gaelic and Community Relations Officer and reflects on her own journey as a Gaelic speaker.

Meet our Traditional Artist in Residence

Photo of Fraser Fifield in Sandy Bell's pub
We chat to Fraser Fifield about his plans to make new music inspired by the School of Scottish Studies Archives and about his "adopted home city" of Edinburgh.

Àidh, Robot - researchers develop first ASR system for Scottish Gaelic

Will Lamb outlines what Automatic Speech Recognition means for the future of Scotland’s Gaelic language.

Thinking creatively – from studying to studio

We talk to Scottish Ethnology and English Literature student Hector Shaw about combining university with working on his debut EP.

Meet our graduates: Ella Leith

Having studied Scottish Ethnology as both an undergraduate and postgraduate, Ella has developed particular expertise in British Sign Language storytelling in Scottish deaf communities.

Neill Martin wins Supervisor of the Year

What does it take to be a good supervisor during a pandemic? Neill reflects on reimagining research.

The School of Scottish Studies Archives at 70

It’s 70 years since the University began collecting images, stories and voices of unheard Scottish lives. Lori Watson and Neill Martin reflect on this cultural milestone.

Going digital with traditional songs and tunes

We hear from student Sam Shackleton and graduate Scott Gardiner about the joy of performing in the University’s annual St Andrew’s Day concert.

Thriving in Scotland’s culture - Professor of Gaelic honoured for contribution to Public Life

Wilson McLeod talks about his Saltire Society honour, one of six Fletcher of Saltoun Awards given to Scotland’s leading figures in 2020.

If you’re going to take one person’s careers advice…

Final year Scottish Studies student Euan Lownie tells us about his first book, ‘Never, Ever Take Anybody’s Advice on Anything’, featuring words of wisdom from successful Scots.