Mark Lindley-Highfield of Ballumbie Castle


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Research expertise

Mark Lindley-Highfield of Ballumbie Castle FRSA FSA Scot FRAI FRGS FHEA FCIEA is an anthropologist by training.  He has carried out research into religious conversion to Islam, and Anglican Christianity, in Mexico. Mark also has an interest in the African continent and is Director of the Centre of the Study of the Kingdoms and Chiefdoms of Africa (CSKCA), an independent research organisation.

Mark's most recent research is focused on the notion of equity in Scottish education and its relation to the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (

Teaching expertise

Mark teaches on the PGDE programme as well as the Master of Education (MEd) in Critical Enquiry.  He has designed three modules for UHI, two at undergraduate level (Through the Looking Glass, introducing ethnography and anthropology; and Thinking and Writing for Study, Work and Life, using philosophical skills to develop academic writing), and a third at postgraduate level on Organisational Culture (Success and Culture).  He teaches on the BSc (Hons) Psychology and BA (Hons) Philosophy programmes 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).

Other Awards

In 2019, Mark was commissioned as a Kentucky Colonel, namely an Honorary Colonel and Aide-de-Camp to the Governor of Kentucky in the U.S.A. for his voluntary and charitable activities.  In 2016, he was made an Honorary Knight Commander of the Royal House of Portugal and then admitted to the Royal Brotherhood of Saint Michael of the Wing as an Honorary Brother in the Rank of Grand Officer (Comendador con placa).  For his undergraduate performance at the University of Aberdeen, Mark became a Lumsden & Sachs Fellow and received ESRC funding to carry out his fieldwork in Mexico.

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    Rwandan King's Successor Named

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    The Potential for Anthropology in Innovating Provision

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    Late King’s Possessions Stolen From Home

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  1. The Society of Antiquaries of Scotland (External organisation)

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  2. Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA)

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  3. Society for Applied Anthropology (External organisation)

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  1. Best Diploma Work Project Report Prize

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  2. Lumsden and Sachs Fellowship

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