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Photocollage of students in different environments: workshops, lab, socialising, playing an instrument and doing field research.

Photo: City of Glasgow College, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, University of Aberdeen, UHI Moray, University of the Highland and Islands.

At the end of last year it was confirmed that the Gaelic language immersion year pilot at the University of Glasgow was being made permanent with a long-term funding commitment from the College of Arts & Humanities at the University of Glasgow.

The Gaelic with Immersion Programme was offered to students, initially as a three-year pilot project with financial support from the Scottish Funding Council.

The programme has been highly successful, with students continuing to employment in Gaelic education, management, administration, and the creative arts.

SFC is committed to the support and development of the Gaelic language and, as a major national public body in Scotland, has the potential to make a significant contribution to Gaelic learning and research in Scotland’s colleges and universities.

Gillebrìde MacMillan, Senior Lecturer, Celtic and Gaelic and Principal Investigator of the pilot phase of the Gaelic Immersion Programme, said:

“The Gaelic with Immersion Programme at The University of Glasgow is a hugely important step in the development of Gaelic language provision in Scotland. Students at Glasgow can now learn Gaelic using immersion principles. The course also develops opportunities for placements with Gaelic organisations and schools. Importantly, the course has developed strong links with Ceòlas Uibhist and our students have the opportunity for a three week immersion experience in Uist as part of their studies.

“The programme would not have been possible without the three year funding from The Scottish Funding Council for the initial pilot stage. Recently, the College of Arts and Humanities at the University of Glasgow announced that long-term university funding had been confirmed for the Gaelic with Immersion Programme, establishing the programme as an integral part of Celtic & Gaelic’s diverse range of programme offerings.”