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Sabhal Mòr Ostaig has an excellent reputation for language learning and immersion and for research into many aspects of Gaelic and Highland culture.

Staff at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig are actively engaged in high-level research, working with businesses and communities across Scotland. Staff can offer specialist expertise in a number of fields including language planning and policy, heritage, heritage interpretation, tourism product development, Gaelic history, and Gaelic and Norse placenames.

Please see futher information about some of the staff below.

  • Archie Maclean

    Depute Director of Studies: Learning, Teaching and Quality Assurance

    Archie works closely with the Director of Studies, particularly in relation to Learning and Teaching and Quality Assurance, to develop new programmes and self-evaluation systems. He works with UHI partner colleges, and with external agencies such as HMIe and QAA. Archie also works with colleagues in a wide range of more...

  • Carlotta Graham

    Facilities Manager

    Carlotta has responsiblity for the Hospitality Services Team which covers a number of areas: reception and conference services, catering, housekeeping and gardens and ground. It is Carlotta's role to ensure that all events at the College are dealt with professionally and efficiently ensuring that our staff, students and visitors to more...

  • Catriona Johnston

    Course leader, Diploma in Gaelic Media


  • Eilidh Grant

    Registry Assistant


  • Gavin Parsons



  • Gordon Wells

    Project Manager, Soillse

    Gordon Wells is the Project Manager for Soillse, the National Research Network for the Maintenance and Revitalisation of Gaelic Language and Culture. Before this he was the Projects Officer at SMO, based in Uist where he was involved in development and research. The biggest project on which he worked was more...

  • Ian Graham

    Academic Registrar and Lecturer


  • Janni Diez

    Language Development Officer

    Janni has responsibility for implementing the College'€™s Language Policy and Plan and encouraging people to speak Gaelic all the time. She develops learning opportunities for staff, creates opportunities to use Gaelic, and works on policy level changes to facilitate a Gaelic speaking environment. Janni organises Gaelic events where students are more...

  • John Norman MacLeod

    Director of Studies and Vice-Principal of Sabhal Mòr Ostaig (SMO). A native of Skye, he was first appointed lecturer in Gaidhealtachd Studies (Highlands and Islands Studies) in 1983, having previously taught history at Plockton High School and was promoted to Head of Studies in 1987. Since 1998 he has acted more...

  • Maoilios Campbell

    Part-time Lecturer


  • Meg Bateman



  • Sheila M Hamilton

    Head of Student Services


  • Ùisdean Cheape

    Senior Lecturer

    Hugh Cheape set up a postgraduate programme in material culture for Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, University of the Highlands and Islands, in 2005 and moved to Skye in 2007 to teach the new course. Graduating with a degree in Scottish Historical Studies, he worked in the National Museums of Scotland for more...