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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    Photo of Paul Bloomer

    Paul Bloomer

    Person: Academic Research Active

    Photo of Stefan Brink

    Stefan Brink

    Person: Academic Research Active

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    Archipelagoes of Adventure II: Fiji

    Heddle, D. & Sanmark, A.


    Project: Research

    Home and Belonging

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


    Project: Research

    Research Output

    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)

  • Northern Exchange: Cold War Projects: Curtain

    Permar, R. & Timmins, S., 2020

    Research output: Non-textual formArtefact

  • Northern Exchange: Cold War Histories and Nuclear Futures

    Timmins, S. & Permar, R., 31 Jul 2020

    Research output: Non-textual formArtefact

    Open Access
  • Prizes

    David Masson scholarship

    Heddle, Donna (Recipient), 1993

    Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

    David Masson scholarship

    Heddle, Donna (Recipient), 1994

    Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively


    Sanmark, Alexandra (Recipient), 2011

    Prize: National/international honour

  • Activities

    Bolstering Bólstaðir: Norse placenames in Lewis in context

    Donna Heddle (Speaker)

    31 Oct 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

    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

    'Mask of Integrity' Design Innovation Inspired by Viking Women

    Donna Heddle


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Research

    Ancient Viking waterway discovered in Orkney

    Alexandra Sanmark


    20 items 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

    Runic writing in Orkney: expression of a Norse identity?

    Author: Freund, A., 26 Feb 2020

    Supervisor: Sanmark, A. (Supervisor) & Brink, S. (Supervisor)

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


    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)