Organization profile

Organisation profile

The Centre for History is a key component of the University of the Highlands and Islands and is internationally renowned for its teaching and research in Highland, Scottish and wider-world history. In late 2014, it came fifth in Scotland ('a new entry') in The Guardian league table of top UK university departments at which to study History while, in its first entry to the Research Excellence Framework (REF), it was ranked joint eighth of all History submissions across the UK for 'Impact'.

The Centre, a part of the university's Humanities and Gaelic Subject Network and of the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business, continues to be based at Burghfield House in the cathedral town of Dornoch in Sutherland. Established in 2005, it has attracted external funding of more than £2 million, which has been invested in both teaching and research. UHI’s BA (Hons) Scottish History – launched in 2007 – was an early development, created by a Centre-led team and Centre staff are now in charge of the course’s delivery to a growing body of students.

Joint honours degrees such as History and Politics, launched in September 2009 and Scottish History and Archaeology, launched in September 2011. A BA (Hons) History has been available since September 2013, as are a series of joint degrees with other subject areas, nine in total as of 2014.

In addition to the undergraduate degrees, a fully online MLitt History of the Highlands and Islands was successfully launched in September 2011 and has attracted students in Australia, Canada, Kenya and Romania as well as across the Highlands and Islands, Scotland and the UK. This is one of several taught postgraduate degrees available for part-time and full-time-study by distance learning at the Centre.

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    Lucy Dean

    Person: Academic Research Active

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    Marjory Harper

    Person: Academic Research Active

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    Jim Hunter, CBE

    Person: Academic Research Active



    Research Output

    'Bereft of all Human Help?': Scottish Widows of the Thirty Years War (1618-1648)

    Zickermann, K. & Murdoch, S., 30 May 2019, In : Northern Studies. 50, 13 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Early modern monarchy and foreign travel

    Woodcock, P., Woodacre, E. (ed.), Dean, L. H. S. (ed.) & Martin, R. (ed.), 25 Jun 2019, The Routledge History of Monarchy. Abingdon: Routledge, p. 282-299 17 p. (The Routledge Histories).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

  • Insurrection: Scotland's famine winter

    Hunter, J., 10 Sep 2019, Edinburgh: Birlinn.

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

  • Prizes

    Highland Book Prize longlisted

    Jim Hunter (Recipient), Dec 2019

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • Nancy Lyman Roelker Award

    Philippa Woodcock (Recipient), 2011

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • Activities

    Fireworks parties and waterborne pageantry

    Philippa Woodcock (Speaker)
    31 Mar 2020

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

    The Scots in Poland in History and Memory

    David Worthington (Invited speaker)
    21 May 2020

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

    Scotland's Coastal Pasts

    David Worthington (Keynote speaker)
    29 Feb 2020

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

    Press / Media

    When Moray faced starvation -The Northern Scot

    Jim Hunter


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Research

    Student theses

    ‘Nuclear fission and social fusion’: the impact of the Dounreay Experimental Research Establishment on Caithness, 1953-1966

    Author: Ross, L. M., 4 Sep 2019

    Supervisor: MacPherson, J. (Supervisor), Kirk, N. (Supervisor) & McDonald, M. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (awarded by UHI)


    Sport and Physical Education in the Northern Mainland Burghs of Scotland c. 1600-1800

    Author: Cormack, W., 2 Dec 2016

    Supervisor: Worthington, D. (Supervisor), Durie, A. (Supervisor) & Ritchie, E. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (awarded by OU/Aberdeen)


    A Society in Transition: Badenoch, 1750-1800

    Author: Taylor, D. V., 16 Jan 2015

    Supervisor: Worthington, D. (Supervisor), Harper, M. (Supervisor), Ritchie, E. (Supervisor) & Hunter, J. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (awarded by OU/Aberdeen)