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Referendum campaigners face Abertay University students

8 September 2014

From left: Dr Wallace McNeish, Shona Robison MSP, Patrick Harvie MSP, Professor Nigel Seaton, Jenny Marra MSP and Alex Johnstone MSP 

Campaigners for and against Scottish independence faced the scrutiny of Abertay University students today (Monday 8 September), just over a week before the nation votes.

The elected representatives debated the motion: ‘It is time for Scotland to become an independent nation state’.

Alex Johnstone MSP (Scottish Conservatives) and Jenny Marra MSP (Scottish Labour Party) spoke for the Better Together campaign, with Patrick Harvie MSP (Scottish Green Party) and Shona Robison MSP (SNP) speaking for Yes Scotland.

Professor Nigel Seaton, Principal of Abertay University, said: “Abertay University encourages all of its students to develop skills in critical thinking which are absolutely essential to any degree subject, and to any career path they choose after graduating.

“The choice facing Scotland is historic and it’s great our students will have the opportunity to test the views of both sides in the independence debate.”

Dr Wallace McNeish, Sociology Division Leader, said: “I am delighted to chair this Abertay University debate between the pro-independence and pro-union parties.

“Our students will learn a lot from hearing these prominent politicians and participating in dialogue with them about the important choice that they face on September 18.”

This debate was organised by Abertay University’s Sociology Division as part of an annual series on important social, political and ethical issues.

The events are part of the Thinking Module at Abertay, which encourages critical thinking skills and is taken by all students studying in the School of Social and Health Sciences.


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