Teaching at the University of Edinburgh

I have contributed to the University of Edinburgh's Department of Celtic and Scottish Studies as a tutor and occasional lecturer on both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in interdisciplinary Scottish studies, ethnology and folklore since 2009.

My specific role as Teaching Research Assistant (2013 - 2016) was to co-ordinate, design, develop and deliver a new online postgraduate curriculum in Scottish Culture and Heritage/Cultur agus Dualchas n h-Alba (a collaboration between the University of Edinburgh and Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, University of the Highlands and Islands).


The programme engages with the wealth of popular tradition in Scots and Gaelic (based principally on the School of Scottish Studies sound archives and the Tobar an Dualchais / Kist o Riches website) and with national and international debates relating to culture and creativity in the 21st century. Theprogramme included online webinars with guest lecturers/practitioners (which I would co-ordinate and host each week), one-on-one tutorials, pre-recorded lectures, creative short videos (with guest creative practitioners) and audio podcast lectures. Modules included ‘The Traditional Arts in Scotland,' which covers variously music, song, story, dance, poetry and emphasised the crucial role the traditional arts have played in bringing a unique stamp to the nation's creativity; ‘Tradition and Modernity,' which considers current debates in cultural policy and how wider structures impact upon creative practice and performance in contemporary contexts (this module brought in creative practitioners to share experience of practice in the field); and ‘Resources and Research Methods' where students learned new skills such as preparing material for broadcasting and podcasting. 

 School of Scottish Studies Archive Search room, 2010. ( image source )

School of Scottish Studies Archive Search room, 2010. (image source)