Centre for History

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    United Kingdom

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

    Alexander Erskein und die schottischen Netzwerke in den Herzogtümern Bremen und Verden nach 1648

    Zickermann, K., 2019, Friedensordnung und Machtpolitische Rivalitäten: Die schwedischen Besitzungen im europäischen Kontext 1648 bis 1721. Fiedler, B-C. (ed.). Niedersächsisches Landesarchiv, 16 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    Open Access
  • '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
  • Coastal History in Scotland

    Worthington, D., Mar 2019, In : History Scotland . 19, 2, p. 90-98 8 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


    Highland Book Prize longlisted

    Hunter, Jim (Recipient), Dec 2019

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • Nancy Lyman Roelker Award

    Woodcock, Philippa (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

    Talk at Winter Words 2020, Pitlochry

    Jim Hunter (Speaker)

    15 Feb 2020

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

    Scotland's Coastal Pasts

    David Worthington (Keynote speaker)

    29 Feb 2020

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

    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)