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Scottish Universities Team up to Ensure Post Brexit Influence

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The Principals of the University of Glasgow and Edinburgh have agreed to work together to mitigate the impact of Brexit on the Scottish Higher Education sector.

The commitment to ensure Scottish institutions can speak with the strongest voices on the European stages comes ahead of a major Scotland Europa event in Brussels.

The event was used to mark the launch of the Scottish Government's position paper on the 9th Framework Programme for Research and Innovation.

Commenting at the event, Professor Sir Anton Muscatelli, from Glasgow, and Professor Peter Mathieson from Edinburgh, used the opportunity to highlight the huge potential at Scotland's leading universities. They set out their determination to ensure both universities benefit fully from international collaborations post Brexit.

Discussing the event, 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."

Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science, Shirley-Anne Somerville, added: "The continuing uncertainty around many aspects of the UK's future relationship with Europe is an issue of considerable, and increasing, concern for Scottish universities."

"That is why I welcome the step that the universities of Glasgow and Edinburgh have taken to bolster their influence on the international stage and strengthen the voice of Scotland's higher education sector."