The Northern Ireland Act 1998 requires the Executive to adopt a strategy setting out how it proposes to enhance and protect the development of the Irish language and Ulster-Scots culture, heritage and language. DCAL has prepared a Strategy for Ulster Scots Language, Heritage and Culture which can be downloaded below. The establishment of an Ulster-Scots Academy will be an important element in that Strategy.
ULSTER SCOTS ACADEMY
The Belfast / Good Friday Agreement of 1998 acknowledged the importance of respect, understanding and tolerance in relation to linguistic diversity, with specific reference to Ulster-Scots. In April 2003, the Joint Declaration by the British and Irish Governments committed the British Government to take steps to encourage support to be made available to an Ulster-Scots Academy. The Ministerial Advisory Group (MAG) on the Ulster-Scots Academy (known as MAGUS) was established in March 2011 and first met on 12 May 2011.
For further details on the remit of the MAG Ulster-Scots Academy and its members please follow the linkMinisterial Advisory Group on the Ulster Scots Academy (MAGUS)
DEVELOPMENT AND RESEARCH STRATEGY
Following public consultation the Ministerial Advisory Group published the Ulster-Scots Academy: Development and Research Strategy in June 2013. This strategy outlines the strategic objectives and priorities for the development of the Ulster-Scots Academy approach.
The full text of the Strategy is available for download here.
DEVELOPMENT AND RESEARCH GRANT SCHEME
A call for applications for funding was launched in June 2013 in conjunction with the publication of the Ulster-Scots Academy: Development and Research Strategy. This scheme is currently closed to new applications.
ACTIVITIES AND ACHIEVEMENTS 2011-2015
The full text of the Ministerial Advisory Group - Ulster-Scots Academy: Activities and Achievements 2011-15 publication is available to download here