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Soillse - Adding value to the research capacity of the UHI Network [Iain Campbell, Senior Project Manager]

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Soillse is the national network for the maintenance and revitalisation of Gaelic language and culture. Soillse undertakes research subjects in three key areas: the state of Gaelic in families and in …

Soillse is the national network for the maintenance and revitalisation of Gaelic language and culture. Soillse undertakes research subjects in three key areas: the state of Gaelic in families and in communities; collecting hard evidence of the language benefits of Gaelic-medium education at different levels; and assessing the effectiveness of public policies on Gaelic and the language plans of public agencies.

More information can be found at http://www.soillse.ac.uk

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  • 1. Adding value to the research capacity of the UHI Network : the national network for the maintenance and revitalisation of Gaelic language and culture Iain Campbell – Senior Project Manager
  • 2. Principal Aims A pooling of research capacity to establish: An international-quality research capability that will support, inform and influence policy at national and local levels in the effort to maintain and revitalise the Gaelic language in Scotland and beyond : the national network for the maintenance and revitalisation of Gaelic language and culture language in Scotland and beyond A powerful research network across the participating Scottish Higher Education Institutions, linking national researchers with expertise and interest in contemporary Gaelic language matters, with international minority language research institutions
  • 3. Research Themes & Networks 1. Gaelic as a family and community language 2. Gaelic in education : the national network for the maintenance and revitalisation of Gaelic language and culture 3. Assessment of policies directed towards the revitalisation of Gaelic Two transversal themes of: Gaelic identity and self- confidence Gaelic language use
  • 4. Soillse Partnership Academic: UHI Millennium Institute - Lead Partner University of Aberdeen - Lead Partner University of Edinburgh University of Glasgow : the national network for the maintenance and revitalisation of Gaelic language and culture Funding: Participating Academic Institutions £2.49M* (47%) Scottish Funding Council £1.86M (35%) Bòrd na Gàidhlig £541K (10%) Highlands and Islands Enterprise £400K (8%) Total £5.29m (100%) *new and matched funding University of Glasgow
  • 5. Research Fellows & PhDs 5 Research Fellows: 2 x UHI Millennium Institute Sabhal Mòr Ostaig and Lews Castle College 1 x University of Aberdeen (post classed as lecturer) 1 x University of Edinburgh : the national network for the maintenance and revitalisation of Gaelic language and culture 1 x University of Edinburgh 1 x University of Glasgow 5 PhD Studentships in first phase 4 PhD Studentships in second phase Distribution of studentships across academic partners as per Research Fellows
  • 6. Research Strategy Aspects (1) Funding bids to Research Council and others to undertake collaborative long-term longitudinal research on fundamental issues of minority language maintenance and revitalisation : the national network for the maintenance and revitalisation of Gaelic language and culture language maintenance and revitalisation Support the PhD studentships by supervised research on key topics from within the 3 Soillse Networks that will be of value to the development of Gaelic policy
  • 7. Research Strategy Aspects (2) Support each Research Fellow/Lecturer in undertaking approved research tasks from within the 3 Soillse Networks Development of a Research Resource library : the national network for the maintenance and revitalisation of Gaelic language and culture Development of a Research Resource library which will be made available through the Soillse website: www.soillse.ac.uk Support the active participation of individuals, groups, organisations, schools and communities through the annual Soillse small-scale Research Fund
  • 8. Outcomes Scottish Gaelic Research Network New permanently funded appointments Enhanced capacity to attract research funding Enhanced ability to deliver policy relevant research : the national network for the maintenance and revitalisation of Gaelic language and culture research Knowledge transfer between academic partners, public bodies, private enterprises and Gaelic community Internationalisation of Gaelic socio-linguistic policy research
  • 9. Gaelic language benefits A coordinated approach to research across key academic institutions and public bodies generating value for money in the use of public funding directed towards Gaelic revitalisation efforts Informed understanding and knowledge on impacts of public policy towards attitudes, learning and use of Gaelic : the national network for the maintenance and revitalisation of Gaelic language and culture More structured career opportunities emerging across a greater number of economic sectors Heightened awareness of Gaelic language issues amongst communities Increased levels of self-confidence amongst the young generation in the learning and use of Gaelic
  • 10. Benefits to UHI Network (1) Platform to create a world-class research capacity to inform public policy towards Gaelic language and culture Access to international research networks : the national network for the maintenance and revitalisation of Gaelic language and culture Access to international research networks associated with regional and minority languages Access to new revenue streams and research grants/contracts
  • 11. Benefits to UHI Network (2) Creation of new research posts Attraction of new undergraduate and post- graduate students A Gaelic focused research and development : the national network for the maintenance and revitalisation of Gaelic language and culture A Gaelic focused research and development cluster centred on the UHI Network:
  • 12. Progress so far Governance & management systems in place Senior staff in place 3 Research Fellows recruited 4 PhD studentships awarded : the national network for the maintenance and revitalisation of Gaelic language and culture 4 PhD studentships awarded 3 international experts recruited Small Research Fund launched Soillse web development contract awarded
  • 13. Soillse Management Team Professor Rob Dunbar: UHI Soillse Research Professor Professor Richard Johnstone: Co-Research Director Dr Michelle Macleod: The University of Aberdeen Professor Roibeard Ó Maolalaigh: University of Glasgow : the national network for the maintenance and revitalisation of Gaelic language and culture Glasgow Dr Wilson Mcleod: The University of Edinburgh Dr Gillian Munro: Sabhal Mòr Ostaig tbc: Lews Castle College Iain Campbell: Senior Project Manager
  • 14. Main contact: Iain Campbell : the national network for the maintenance and revitalisation of Gaelic language and culture Main contact: Iain Campbell T: 01471 888559 ~ 07870 575717 E: iain.caimbeul@soillse.ac.uk

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