SNP MSP Sandra White has welcomed the latest Times Higher Education university rankings which have seen Glasgow University rise from 88th to 80th – despite the severe threat posed to our universities and colleges by Tory plans for a hard Brexit.

Scotland’s universities continue to rank strongly in the Times’ rankings, with five universities in the top 200 in the world. Yesterday’s Programme for Government announced extra measures that will benefit Scottish universities, academia, and students, including extra funding for research and development, and free provision of sanitary products.

The SNP is committed to attracting students from across the world to come and study in our world leading universities – but warnings from academic institutions about the threat posed by a damaging hard Brexit, and Tory proposals to continue clamping down on international students, risks holding Glasgow University back.

Commenting, SNP MSP Sandra White, who represents Glasgow University, said:

“These rankings are extremely positive, and prove once again how resilient Scotland’s academic sector is.

“It is particularly good news to see Glasgow University performing so strongly in these rankings – and there is absolutely no doubt that this institution is one of the best in the world.

“However, we must be wary of the impact that Tory Brexit plans are set to have on our universities – no matter what support the Scottish Government is able to offer them.

“Universities and academics have made it perfectly clear what they think of the Tories’ disastrous Brexit proposals – from the impact it’ll have on research funding to our ability to attract the best and brightest from across the world to come and study in Glasgow.

“The Tories must urgently wake up to the threat their plans pose to our universities’ global standing and support our efforts to strengthen Scotland’s academic sector.”

Parliamentary Motion:

Motion Number: S5M-07506
Lodged By: Sandra White
Date Lodged: 05/09/2017

Title: University of Glasgow in the World’s Top 80 Higher Education Institutions

Motion Text:

That the Parliament welcomes the news that the University of Glasgow has been placed in the top 80 in the prestigious Times Higher Education World University Rankings; understands that the university has risen eight places since the previous year and sits alongside five Scottish institutions in the global top 200, and congratulates the students and staff of the university on their ongoing success and contribution to Scotland’s vibrant and world-leading higher education sector.

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