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Professor Boyd Robertson, Principal

Professor Boyd Robertson, has been Principal of Sabhal Mòr Ostaig since January 2009.  A native of North Uist, he was educated at Lochmaddy Primary School, Paible Secondary and Portree High before graduating from the University of Aberdeen with an MA Hons in Celtic Studies. Following teacher training in Aberdeen, he taught at Oban High School becoming Principal Teacher of Gaelic. In 1982, he was appointed Lecturer in Gaelic at Jordanhill College of Education and, after the merger with the University of Strathclyde in 1993, he was promoted to Senior Lecturer and then Reader.

He has extensive experience of designing and producing courses and resources for learners of Gaelic.  He is co-author of the Teach Yourself Gaelic course and co-compiler of the TY Essential Gaelic Dictionary and was Principal Language Consultant for the Scottish Television series, Speaking our Language. He has written widely on Gaelic education in publications such as Scottish Education, The Other Languages of Europe and Revitalising Gaelic in Scotland and compiled the dossier The Gaelic Language in Education in the UK for the EC Mercator project.

He chairs the inter-University Faclair na Gàidhlig/Historical Dictionary of Scottish Gaelic Steering Committee and was a member of the initial Bòrd na Gàidhlig, the Government appointed Gaelic development agency.  He chaired the Gaelic Books Council, the SQA Gaelic Panel and the Glasgow arts body, An Lòchran, and was Vice-Chair of the language promotion body, Comunn na Gàidhlig,

His services to education were recognised by the award of an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Edinburgh in 2014 and his sevices to Gaelic by the Gaelic Ambassador accolade bestowed by the Scottish Government and An Comunn Gàidhealach in 2015.  He was made a Fellow of the Association of Scottish Literary Studies in 2012.

Christine Mackenzie is the Principal's PA. She can be contacted by phone 01471 888 200 or e-mail runaire@smo.uhi.ac.uk