When I was at Abertay University Freshers' Fayre on Wednesday it was clear that there was a great deal of concern about rumours that Abertay University might be forced to merge with the University of Dundee. On Thursday in the Scottish Parliament the First Minister substantiated the story that the Scottish Government would like to push through the merger of Dundee and Abertay Universities. I am opposed to this. You can read a report on the discussions in Scottish Parliament by clicking on the picture. You can read Dundee-based MSP Jenny Marra's views here.
I am opposed to these proposals. It is important that the Independence of these institutions is recognised. I'm a double graduate of the University of Dundee but I recognise that both Universities in Dundee do a great job. They both offer a lot to the city and people of Dundee. It is one thing for independent educational institutions to decide to merge but it is wrong for them to be pushed together, a shotgun marriage is just plain wrong.
Students at Abertay have started a petition which can be signed here. Dundee is developing a great reputation as a city with a strong education sector and both the University of Abertay Dundee and the University of Dundee, along with Dundee College, play their part in showcasing Dundee.
I know that Labour in Dundee will stand up for Dundee and protect our city. I hope that the Scottish Government will listen.