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RCUK response to Higher Education Research in an Independent Scotland report

Research Councils UK notes the Higher Education Research in an Independent Scotland report issued today by the Scottish Government.

The way that the quote attributed to Professor Paul Boyle has been used is misleading in suggesting that the Research Councils support an independent Scotland remaining part of the UK Research Council system.

Should there be a vote for independence the current system could not continue. There would need to be discussions about how Scotland and the UK would work together in the future, as Professor Boyle stressed in the evidence he gave to the Scottish Government in March. In such an event, we would work closely with colleagues in BIS, the SFC and Scottish Government.

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