University of Glasgow and Europe

The Principal of the University of Glasgow, Professor Anton Muscatelli, has told BBC Scotland Brexit could imperil Scotland's universities.

He was speaking on last night's Scotland 2016, a news and current affair show, and said his main concern was for the free movement of people who come to research and study in Scotland. "The universities in Scotland are a fantastic asset to this country," he said. "That is an asset we really don't want to lose. And that could be imperilled."

You can watch the report on Scotland 2016 on the BBC news website.

University of Glasgow and the European Union - next forum

Please join us for the second panel discussion on the future relations between the University of Glasgow and the European Union on Friday 18 November 2016. 

The Principal and Vice Chancellor, Professor Anton Muscatelli, will be joined by a panel of senior colleagues to offer a briefing on the discussions currently taking place about the impact of the EU Referendum that took place on 23 June.

Topics will include the future of EU-funded projects, the vital role of staff and student colleagues from the EU currently working and studying at the University of Glasgow, and how we can ensure that the voice of the University of Glasgow is understood at all levels of government both in Scotland and in the UK. The session is expected to last about an hour and you will have opportunities to ask questions.

Date: Friday 18 November 2016
Venue: Boyd Orr Lecture Theatre 2, University of Glasgow
Time: 10.00am
Finish: 11.00am

This event is free to attend, however please register if you wish to attend.

Expert lecture to offer ‘continental perspective’ on Brexit debate

Professor Josef Konvitz to continue Policy Scotland Brexit series

Policy Scotland at the University of Glasgow is delighted to announce that former OECD Head of Division Professor Josef Konvitz will give the second in a series of lectures on Brexit – putting forward a continental perspective on the UK’s decision to leave the EU.

At the event on November 7 at the University of Glasgow, Professor Konvitz will focus his remarks on the issue of freedom of movement – and will query whether the UK is prepared for the rapid socio-economic changes to come.

This event follows on from a very successful first lecture in the series – conducted by Professor Jim Gallagher on the potential to restructure the UK’s territorial constitution in the aftermath of the EU Referendum.

Josef Konvitz is a historian, former diplomat and authority on economic and urban governance. From 1992 to 2003 he directed the OECD’s work on urban affairs, and from 2003 to 2011, the OECD’s programme on regulatory policy.

Commenting, Director of Policy Scotland Professor Ken Gibb said: “I am absolutely delighted that Policy Scotland will be welcoming someone of the calibre of Professor Josef Konvitz to give a much needed continental perspective on the ongoing Brexit debate – reaffirming the University of Glasgow’s position as the leading venue not just in Scotland but in the wider UK to provide a platform for the leading thinkers in their fields to give their views on what is clearly the defining issue in Scottish and UK politics today. 

“With the political debate around the Brexit process heating up, and with social and economic consequences of the vote starting to be felt, it has never been more important to hear from influential voices like Professor Konvitz - and Policy Scotland will continue to play host to a range of expert speakers over the coming weeks and months.”

The lecture will be held at 1pm on November 7 in the Yudowitz Room of the University of Glasgow’s Wolfson Medical Building. Media can register to attend here:


First published: 24 October 2016

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