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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Scotland Arts & Humanities
gender Social Sciences
diaspora Social Sciences
nineteenth century Social Sciences
historian Social Sciences
migration Social Sciences
Medieval Period Arts & Humanities
exile Social Sciences

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Lucy Dean

Person: Academic Research Active

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Marjory Harper

Person: Academic Research Active

Projects 2016 2016

Research Output 2001 2019

'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
Thirty Years War

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)

Art History
Gender Studies

Insurrection: Scotland's famine winter

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

Research output: Book/ReportBook



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)

French History

Activities 1850 2020

Fireworks parties and waterborne pageantry

Philippa Woodcock (Speaker)
31 Mar 2020

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

The Scottish Community in Poland in History and Memory

David Worthington (Invited speaker)
23 Jan 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

Press / Media

When Moray faced starvation -The Northern Scot

Jim Hunter


1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Research

Student theses

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)


Financing the Faith: Scottish Catholicism 1772- c.1890

Author: Tierney, D., 6 May 2014

Supervisor: MacPherson, D. A. J. (Supervisor), Szechi, D. (Supervisor) & Needham, N. (Supervisor)

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