In April 2011, Bòrd na Gàidhlig, the public body established to promote Gaelic and improve the status of the language in Scotland, asked us to produce a Gaelic Language Plan.
The Plan aims to raise the profile of Gaelic and create practical opportunities for its use. It addresses four core commitments identified by the Bòrd (identity, communications, publications and staffing) and sets out how the University will help implement the National Plan for Gaelic.
The Plan also sets out how its implementation will be taken forward and how outcomes will be monitored. The University submitted its plan to Bòrd na Gàidhlig in August 2012 and made a number of changes following their recommendations and suggestions. The Plan will formally be launched in autumn 2013.
The University of Edinburgh is one of four institutions who have recently prepared a Gaelic Language Plan. The Universities of Aberdeen, Glasgow and Strathclyde were also asked to submit a plan by Bòrd na Gàidhlig, the non-departmental public body established to promote Gaelic and improve the status of the language in Scotland. The University of the Highlands and Islands was the first University to submit a Gaelic Language Plan in November 2009.
As part of the refurbishment of Old College reception, the external signage is bilingual in English and Gaelic. In the University's Gaelic Language Plan, we committed to installing bilingual signage at several key areas of the University. The installation of bilingual signage at Old College reception as well as at other key administrative centres signals our commitment to raising the status of Gaelic at the University as outlined in our Gaelic Language Plan.