First Minister visits UofG

Issued: Tue, 07 Jun 2016 08:15:00 BST

Around eighty staff and students, many of whom were Erasmus scholars, heard the First Minister set out the case for continued membership of the European Union during a visit to Gilmorehill on Friday 3 June.

Image of First Minister Nicola Sturgeon with Humza Yousaf and Principal MuscatelliThe First Minister was introduced by the Principal Professor Anton Muscatelli who stressed the importance of the EU in research and student mobility – the number of EU students studying at Glasgow has increased from 2,300 to over 3,200 in the last four years, whilst the Erasmus programme has enabled more than 370 students to come to Glasgow and around 300 to travel to Europe in 2015-16.

A short video highlighting some of the research collaborations that take place between the University of Glasgow and European partners was played before the First Minister spoke of her commitment to continued EU membership, particularly in the context of higher education.

MP4 Video

Many of the Erasmus scholars, and several members of staff then had an opportunity to give their views in conversation with the First Minister and also with Scottish Government Minister Humza Yousaf.

There was considerable media interest in the event with BBC TV and press photographers in attendance.

A pro Brexit event, featuring Nigel Farage and Liam Fox took place on campus in April.

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