Universities bank on EU membership - Dundee principal

The principal of Dundee University in Scotland has said continued membership of the European Union is "a must" for Scottish universities, whatever the outcome of the independence referendum, reports Grant Smith for The Courier.

Professor Pete Downes recently took part in a Universities UK delegation to Brussels to meet senior officials, including the new director of the European Research Council, which funds world-class research projects. His own institution received more than GBP20 million (US$34 million) in European funding in 2012-13, accounting for a sixth of its total research budget. That sum supported the jobs of hundreds of staff.

"European funding for research, especially now the European Research Council has fully established itself, is immensely valuable to the UK and Scotland," said Downes. "Whatever the outcome of September's referendum, continuing membership of the EU is a must for Scotland's universities."
Full report on The Courier site