Sabhal Mòr Ostaig vice principal made honorary fellow

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The deputy head of Sabhal Mòr Ostaig on Skye has been recognised by a Scottish literary organisation for his outstanding contribution to literature.

John Norman MacLeod, vice-principal of the National Centre for Gaelic Language and Culture in Sleat, was made an honorary fellow of the Association for Scottish Literary Studies (ASLS) at an event in Edinburgh on Friday April 27.

A native of Staffin on Skye, John Norman was educated at Portree High School, Glasgow University and Jordanhill College of Education. He began his career at Plockton High School,where he was a teacher of history. In 1983, he became the first lecturer to be appointed to Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, where he developed and managed the introduction of full-time courses through the medium of Gaelic.

This honour is given to those who have made outstanding contributions to the literature, languages and culture of Scotland.

Professor Boyd Robertson, principal of Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, said: ‘John Norman richly deserves this award.’