The Institute for Northern Studies is involved in advising local and national groups on product development in areas linked to our research.

Highland Park's Valhalla Collection

The Norse Spirit project was part of the Institute for Northern Studies' ethos of community engagement and Knowledge Exchange and represents an innovative collaboration between a university cultural studies research centre and a commercial business. The team acted as research advisors for brand development, product packaging design, labelling, packaging and the website – engaging customers not only in the product but in the heritage of the Scottish island on which it is made, and giving Orkney's Nordic heritage an international reach.


Delivering Scottish Tourist Guides Association (STGA) Green Badge Regional Tourist Guiding Training Qualification for the Orkney Islands (in partnership with local tourist guiding businesses).

Development of Scottish Tourist Guides Association (STGA) Green Badge courses across Scotland.

Translation Services

We can provide translation services in the following languages: German, Swedish, Norwegian, Gaelic, Old Norse. Please contact us  to discuss requirements and availability.