Dumfries & Galloway Standard Article

Uni chiefs stand firm

Mar 14 2007


By Craig Robertson



FRESH talks are set to take place this week in a bid to overcome the stalemate in the Crichton cash crisis.

But Glasgow University chiefs have not budged from their position.

Scottish Executive ministers are planning to meet with the Scottish Funding Council (SFC) and Glasgow University to discuss the institution’s proposed withdrawal from the site.

The meeting comes just two weeks after a “private chat” between Deputy Enterprise Minister Allan Wilson and university principal Sir Muir Russell.

Then, Sir Muir is said to have been “unreceptive” to Mr Wilson’s concerns about the crisis.

But Dumfries MSP Elaine Murray, who has been campaigning for the retention of the university, said she reminded Mr Wilson local people are expecting progress.

She said: “I spoke to Allan Wilson last week asking what progress was being made with the promised meeting between the Scottish Executive, Glasgow University and the Scottish Funding Council.

“Mr Wilson advised he had asked the Funding Council to arrange a meeting with Glasgow University and the Scottish Executive and he was hopeful that this would take place this week.

“After the meeting between Ministers and the Funding Council, Mr Wilson met privately with Sir Muir Russell, Principal of the University of Glasgow on another matter and used the opportunity to advise of his and the Funding Council’s concerns over the proposed withdrawal of Glasgow University from the Crichton site.

“Unfortunately, Sir Muir was not particularly receptive.

“Mr Wilson had promised to keep me informed of any developments and I will continue to remind him that people in Dumfries and Galloway feel very strongly about this issue and that we want and expect to see progress.”

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