Dundee MSP warns against Abertay scaremongering

Speaking after First Minister’s Questions SNP MSP for Dundee City West Joe FitzPatrick condemned Iain Gray for claiming Abertay University was to be “closed”.

Mr FitzPatrick said:

"It is disgraceful that Labour politicians are talking up the closure of Abertay University.

“There has been no suggestion from the Cabinet Secretary or anyone apart from Labour’s failed leader that Abertay will close.

“They will not be thanked by the university or students for doing so and for seeking to use the future of the institution as a political football. It is too important for that.

"Abertay should be given the time and space to discuss with Dundee University what options there are to secure a bright future for higher education in the city, which ensures the continuation of the Abertay brand, maintains student numbers, course choices and the quality teaching and research the city is known for.

“There is clearly an opportunity and imperative to look at the merger of a number of functions to preserve the front line offer to students in Dundee.

"That should be the priority rather than spending £1million over 5 years to employ a new principal. I am confident that Dundee’s universities can rise to this challenge."