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Informing the debate

The University is to host a keynote speech by Scotland’s Deputy First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon MSP.

Entitled Independence: a renewed partnership of the Isles, Ms Sturgeon’s address forms part of a suite of events organised by the University’s Academy of Government in the run-up to the referendum, involving speakers from all sides of the debate.

The event will take place on 6 June at the University's Playfair Library.

Exploring the impact of independence and union

With a referendum on Scottish independence scheduled for 18 September 2014, the University and the Academy of Government are directly engaged in informing the debate through cutting edge research and knowledge exchange.

University academics lead several of the projects supported by the Economic and Social Research Council's Future of the UK and Scotland programme.

We are delighted Nicola Sturgeon is to deliver a keynote speech at the University. This is one of a series of events and initiatives that reflect our commitment to providing a safe and neutral space for deliberation and debate on the issues at stake.

Dr Nicola McEwenSenior Lecturer in Politics and Director of Public Policy, Academy of Government

Expert insight

The Academy of Government has also created a University referendum blog to provide a platform to promote new research, public conferences and to expert analysis on events as they unfold.

It has included contributions by academics from across the University and beyond, on issues ranging from public policy, foreign affairs, defence, the European Union, currency issues, lessons of history and legal processes.

Subscribe to the referendum blog to keep up-to-date with our research and events.