Mark Lindley-Highfield of Ballumbie Castle FRSA FSA Scot


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    United Kingdom

Accepting PhD Students

  • 3 Citations
  • 1 h-Index
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Personal profile

Research expertise

Mark is an anthropologist by training.  He has carried out research into religious conversion to Islam, and Anglican Christianity, in Mexico and also has an interest in the African continent.

Mark's most recent paper is focused on the notion of equity in Scottish education and its relation to the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (  He is a researcher on the Scottish Attainment Challenge project for UHI, where he is investigating rural early career teachers' use of school-based evidence for improving the attainment of pupils from deciles 1 and 2 of the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation in literacy, numeracy and health and well being.

He is intrigued by the contribution Arts education can make to pupils' health and well being.

Teaching expertise

Mark teaches on the PGDE programme as well as the Master of Education (MEd) in Critical Enquiry.  He has designed two degree modules for UHI, Through the Looking Glass (introducing ethnography and anthropology) and Thinking and Writing for Study, Work and Life (using philosophical skills to develop academic writing).  He has taught on the BSc (Hons) Psychology degree and presently works on the BA (Hons) Philosophy degree in addition to Teacher Education.  Mark is also seconded for part of his time to the University of Dundee to teach on the Rural Learn To Teach programme.

Mark has assessment expertise, having been the Principal Examiner for the Cambridge Research Qualification at Cambridge Assessment International Examinations (University of Cambridge) and Principal Examiner for the Anthropology A Level Project paper (AQA).

Academic Qualifications

Mark was educated at the universities of Oxford, Aberdeen, Edinburgh, and the Open University, gaining two first class honours degrees (BA 2003 and MA 2004) and a Master's degree with distinction (MRes 2005), before moving on to postgraduate research (MPhil 2012) and further study (MEd 2010, BSc 2015 and MA Ed 2015). For his undergraduate performance at the University of Aberdeen, Mark was made a Lumsden & Sachs Fellow and received ESRC funding to carry out his fieldwork in Mexico.

Services expertise

Mark has been recognised for his service to the Royal Houses of Babiito and Rwanda by those Royal Houses, and for the latter also by the dynastic Royal House of Portugal.  He has received further awards from the dynastic Royal House of Georgia and a branch of the archducal Imperial and Royal House of Habsburg-Lothringen. For his service to charities, he was made an Honorary Colonel by the Governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, USA.

Education/Academic qualification

Master of Arts, The Open University

Bachelor of Science, The Open University

Master of Philosophy, University of Aberdeen

Master of Education, The Open University

Master of Research, University of Aberdeen

Master of Arts, University of Aberdeen

Bachelor of Arts, The Open University

External positions

Principal Examiner, Cambridge Research Qualification

Jul 2017 → …


19 Oct 2016 → …

Associate Lecturer, The Open University

13 Sep 2004 → …

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anthropology Social Sciences
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Mexico Social Sciences
examination Social Sciences
self sufficiency Earth & Environmental Sciences
research method Social Sciences
Teaching Social Sciences

Research Output 2015 2017

  • 3 Citations
  • 1 h-Index
  • 3 Other contribution
  • 1 Book
  • 1 Abstract
Open Access

The Potential for Anthropology in Innovating Provision

Highfield, M., 2017. 27 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract

research method
Papua-New Guinea
social issue
Open Access
Open Access


Best Diploma Work Project Report Prize

Mark Highfield (Recipient), 2004

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Lumsden and Sachs Fellowship

Mark Highfield (Recipient), 2004

Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

Religious Studies

Activities 2005 2018

  • 7 Membership of network
  • 5 Types of Award - Election to learned society
  • 2 Membership of committee
  • 1 Membership of council

Society for Applied Anthropology (External organisation)

Mark Lindley-Highfield of Ballumbie Castle (Member)
19 Feb 2018

Activity: MembershipMembership of network

Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA)

Mark Lindley-Highfield of Ballumbie Castle (Member)
11 Oct 2018

Activity: OtherTypes of Award - Election to learned society

Royal Commonwealth Society (External organisation)

Mark Lindley-Highfield of Ballumbie Castle (Member)
Sep 2017 → …

Activity: MembershipMembership of network

Royal Society of South Africa

Mark Lindley-Highfield of Ballumbie Castle (Member)
Jul 2017 → …

Activity: OtherTypes of Award - Election to learned society

Press / Media

New King of Rwanda

Mark Lindley-Highfield


7 items of Media coverage, 1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Other