Glasgow/Edinburgh to face Brexit together

Glasgow/Edinburgh to face Brexit together

Issued: Tue, 27 Mar 2018 10:00:00 BST

The importance of the world-class collaborative research work undertaken at the University was highlighted at a high-level event in Brussels last night - as the Principal used the event to join with the University of Edinburgh to pledge to work together in mitigating the impact of Brexit on Scotland’s higher education sector.

The event at Scotland House in Brussels saw Higher Education Minister Shirley-Anne Somerville launch the Scottish Government's position paper on the 9th Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, while the Principals of Glasgow and Edinburgh Universities set out their determination to ensure that both benefit fully from international collaborations in the aftermath of Brexit, as well as highlighting some specific success stories such as UofG’s work on gravitational waves.

Close partnership

Sir Anton said: "It is vital that, where appropriate, we can commit to sharing the resources and pooling our efforts to ensure we are still able to benefit from European collaborations in the years to come - and that some of the world-leading collaborative work undertaken at our universities is not put at risk by Brexit.

"Having our two major research-intensive Russell Group universities working in close partnership will be vital to securing Scotland's success in a challenging environment in the years to come - and I look forward to working with Professor Mathieson and his colleagues to boost our collective voice and ensure the best outcomes for our universities and for Scotland.

“Our overriding priority has to be securing the closest possible relationship with our European partners post-Brexit – ensuring access to European funding to continue the world-leading research undertaken at our universities.

“But just as important as funding is people, and it is absolutely vital for the future success of Scotland’s higher education sector that our access to key European networks is not hindered in the years to come.

“The ability of researchers at Scottish universities to work closely with colleagues in their fields from across Europe will be vital in ensuring Scotland maintains our position as a world-leader on key research areas – delivering economic growth, creating jobs and contributing to social progress.”