The Ministerial Advisory Group (MAG) on the Ulster-Scots Academy (known as MAGUS) was established in March 2011. It works with DCAL, the Ulster-Scots Community Network, the Ulster-Scots Language Society, the Ullans Speakers’ Association, the Ulster-Scots Agency, academic institutions, statutory and voluntary bodies and community networks.
Its strategic objectives are to contribute to building broad knowledge and understanding of Ulster-Scots traditions in Ireland, Scotland and further afield; identify, consider and progress options for the creation of a physical Ulster-Scots Academy; promote coherence within the Ulster-Scots sector maximise the impact of the resources available to the Ulster-Scots Academy; secure the broadest possible support for the sector and its work across the community in Northern Ireland and for the Academy tackle poverty and social exclusion and their causes in taking forward the Academy approach.
The MAGUS comprises delegates from four Ulster-Scots organisations, alongside four members and an independent chair appointed through public competition. A Development and Research Grant Scheme has supported projects in the following areas: Archives; Ulster-Scots Poetry Project; Archaeological Survey; Heritage tourism; Raven Maps; Town Charters; Music Scoping Study; Education and Digitisation; Ulster Scots Spelling Guide and Glossary; Publications.