Organization profile

Organisation profile

Research and teaching go hand in hand and we are keen to demonstrate to students the breadth of our professional offering.  Not only this, but original research is an integral part of taught degrees with students expected to undertake their own projects as part of their qualifications.

Undertaking research is also an important part of enhancing our researchers’ continuing professional development and is an important part of our college work. Dr Andrew Jennings, of the university's Centre for Nordic Studies is based at Shetland College UHI, and college staff have been involved in archaeological landscape research.

Research into archaeological landscapes

Shetland has one of the best-preserved prehistoric landscapes in Britain.

In the North of mainland Shetland, at Islesburgh (near Mavis Grind) Dr Simon Clarke, Head of Heritage, has been investigating the relationship between the Neolithic tomb, settlement and enclosure, and the natural setting.

The Centre for Rural Creativity supports research and knowledge exchange in the creative industries in remote and rural areas, established in 2015 with the support of Shetland Islands Council, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and Creative Scotland. Based in Shetland College UHI the Centre undertakes interdisciplinary research and acts as a focal point for the university’s teaching, knowledge exchange and engagement with the creative industries.

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Norway Social Sciences
community Social Sciences
language Social Sciences
Shetland Arts & Humanities
tourist Social Sciences
art Social Sciences
Orkney Arts & Humanities
Scandinavia Social Sciences

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Paul Bloomer

Person: Academic Research Active

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Stefan Brink

Person: Academic Research Active

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Projects 2010 2022

Home and Belonging

Permar, R., Carden, S. & Wild, S.


Project: Research

Excavations at Anundshög, Sweden

Jonsson, K., Bäck, M., Lindeberg, M. & Sanmark, A.

1/03/17 → …

Project: Research

Research Output 1995 2020

From Nuclear Families to Cold War Projects

Permar, R., 2020, Feminist Art Activisms and Artivisms. Deepwell, K. (ed.). The Netherlands: Valiz, p. 63-77 8 p.

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

Cold War

Assembly Organisation in the Longue Durée: The Scandinavian Thing Institution in its European Context

Sanmark, A., 24 May 2019, Quaestiones Medii Aevi Novae. Warsaw: Societas Vistulana, Vol. 23. p. 151-173 22 p.

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

Conflict Resolution
Viking Age
Written Sources
Medieval Period
North Atlantic


David Masson scholarship

Donna Heddle (Recipient), 1993

Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

David Masson scholarship

Donna Heddle (Recipient), 1994

Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively


Alexandra Sanmark (Recipient), 2011

Prize: National/international honour


Activities 1993 2019

Making a Difference: Social Art Practice and Higher Education

Roxane Permar (Participant)
14 Mar 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOrganising a conference

Technological University of Dublin

Roxane Permar (Visiting researcher)
15 Feb 201919 Feb 2019

Activity: Visiting an external institutionVisiting an external academic institution

Virtually Feminist: The feminist turn for socially engaged art in higher education

Roxane Permar (Speaker)
6 Apr 2019

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

Press / Media

Why is New Year such a big deal in Scotland?

Donna Heddle


1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Research

Lasers to analyse Pictish rune stones in Scotland

Alexandra Sanmark


1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Research

Lasers are turned on Pictish stones by Swedish scientists

Alexandra Sanmark


1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Research


Kirkwall Township Heritage Initiative Viking Walk

Ragnhild Ljosland (Participant), Alexandra Sanmark (Participant), Donna Heddle (Participant), Victoria Whitworth (Participant), Crawford Barbara (Participant), Olwyn Owen (Participant), James Barrett (Participant), Christopher Gee (Participant)

Impact: Economic Impacts

The Last Days of Hakon the Old

Victoria Whitworth (Participant)

Impact: Cultural Impacts

Student theses

Today's No Ground to Stand Upon: A Study of the Life and Poetry of George Campbell Hay

Author: Artymiuk, A., 29 Aug 2019

Supervisor: Heddle, D. (Supervisor), Riach, A. (Supervisor) & Baker, T. (Supervisor)

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


Romantic subjectivity: women’s identity in their nineteenth-century travel writing about Scotland

Author: Beattie-Smith, G., 5 Jun 2017

Supervisor: Heddle, D. (Supervisor), Fielding, P. (Supervisor) & Lumsden, A. (Supervisor)

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


The Experience of Space and Place in World Heritage Site Management

Author: Renwick, E. K., 1 Mar 2017

Supervisor: Downes, J. (Supervisor), Clarke, S. (Supervisor) & Howard, P. (Supervisor)

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