In my professional career I have seen how the arts and humanities have the capacity to connect people across different cultures and backgrounds in a deep and meaningful way. We need to facilitate and celebrate the contribution arts and humanities scholars and practitioners make in presenting human-centred answers to major societal questions.

Michelle Macleod is Professor of Gaelic and Dean for Impact and Engagement at the University of Aberdeen. She has responsibility for promoting the development of impactful research and supports institutional research partnerships.

Her research interests are in modern Gaelic culture and society. She has published extensively on Gaelic theatre and modern poetry. She has also published in the area of language planning and has specific interests in adult second language acquisition and community language planning.

Michelle is the chair of the national Gaelic theatre group, Theatre Gu Leòr, and is a government appointed member of Bòrd na Gàidhlig.