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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-03059: Pauline McNeill (Glasgow)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 21 September 2016

To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had or plans with universities to discuss the impact of the UK leaving the EU.

Answered by: Shirley-Anne Somerville 3 October 2016

The Scottish Government has engaged closely with the higher education sector on the impact of the EU Referendum on universities in Scotland.

We have already provided reassurance through two joint statements with Universities Scotland on the tuition fee status of EU students and on EU research collaborations (published 1 and 21 July 2016 respectively).

Scottish Ministers have met or discussed EU Referendum issues with University Principals. We will continue to discuss any issues raised by universities and students on the impact of the referendum result and how we can all ensure Scotland’s universities continue to thrive; remain attractive and enhance their competitiveness.

The university sector is also represented on the Scottish Government’s Standing Council on Europe which is chaired by the Principal of University of Glasgow, Professor Anton Muscatelli.