Jo Swinson MP for East Dunbartonshire today said that Scotland’s place in the UK has real benefits for universities in Scotland.
Jo was speaking as the UK government published the latest Scotland Analysis Paper, which examines the support that the UK offers Scottish research institutions and universities.
The paper shows that last year Scotland received a 13% share of UK research funding, 5% higher than a simple population share.
Commenting, Jo said:
“We know that the UK benefits from the world-leading research produced by Scotland’s universities. But this latest paper shows clearly that our universities get real benefits from our place in the UK as well.
“Last year Scotland received more than 300 million in research funding, far higher than a simple population share of the cash that is available. There is no international example of funding on this scale being shared across borders. It is not credible for the nationalists to argue that current UK funding levels could be maintained.
“To put it charitably, we know the SNP’s referendum arguments so far have been more of an art than a science. But when it comes to research they cannot run away from the facts. On science, universities in Scotland get the best of both worlds as part of the UK system.”
The eighth Scotland Analysis Paper can be seen online athttps://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/255788/bis-13-1115-scotland-analysis-science-and-research.pdf