UHI North, West and Hebrides has launched a consultation on its first Gaelic Language Plan

Members of the public are invited to submit comments in relation to the draft Gaelic Language Plan for 2023-2028.

All comments will be considered by the college before it submits its final draft of the Plan to Bòrd na Gàidhlig for approval. 

The plan has been prepared within the framework of the Gaelic Language (Scotland) Act 2005. 

UHI North, West and Hebrides has been working in collaboration with Bòrd na Gàidhlig to produce a set of Strategic Priorities for the development of the Plan, which includes increasing opportunities for Gaelic use, learning of Gaelic, and to promote a positive image of the language.  

The consultation will run for six weeks until Friday 31 May. 

Lydia Rohmer, Principal and Chief Executive of UHI North, West and Hebrides, said: “Our area has the highest density of Gaelic-speakers in Scotland and, as one of the largest partners within UHI, a regional and further education partnership, representing the Outer Hebrides, West Highlands and North Highlands, we recognise the pivotal role we can play in promoting the importance of Gaelic, not only as part of the linguistic and cultural heritage of our communities but also as a driver of economic growth and activity. 

“Gaelic is a key area of specialism for UHI North, West and Hebrides, and an area of the curriculum that we wish to grow, thereby making a positive contribution to the UHI Gaelic Language Plan and Gaelic strategy for the Highlands and Islands region. We will also endeavour to enhance the profile and status of Gaelic within our college.” 

Key priorities include driving forward Gaelic learning, promoting and developing Gaelic as a community asset, supporting the development and delivery of short online and in-person language courses, enhancing Gaelic provision in health, early years and childcare professionals, and increasing enrolment on Gaelic medium teacher education. 

To view the plan and submit comment, visit: UHI North, West and Hebrides Gaelic Language Plan Consultation