Institute of Ulster Scots Studies
The Institute of Ulster Scots Studies was established in January 2001 to explore the history, heritage and legacy of the Ulster Scots people.
The role and aims of the Institute are:
- to promote the academic mainstreaming of Ulster Scots history, heritage and culture;
- to explore the experience of the Ulster-Scots Diaspora and its significant influence on the history of the modern world - particularly that of North America;
- to unify the histories of the peoples of Ulster, Scotland and America;
- to enlighten perspectives of Ulster/Scots-Irish identity within the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand;
- to work with international partners in comparative studies of cultural diversity, regionally, nationally and internationally;
- to provide a forum for debate within the diverse heritages of the island of Ireland; to locate centrally within the island of Ireland and in Scotland the history, heritage, language and cultural impact of the Ulster Scots people; and
- to promote an awareness and understanding of local history and heritage among the people of Ulster.