Deputy First Minister praises research

Thursday 14 August 2003

Deputy First Minister Jim Wallace has praised the University for its record on scientific research.

Mr Wallace made the comments during a visit to the University today (Friday 15th August, 2003), during which he was given a tour of the University’s Sea Mammal Research Unit.

SMRU undertakes strategic research on marine animals, such as seals, whales, and dolphins, and provides advice to government departments and international bodies on marine conservation and management.

Mr Wallace said:

“St Andrews has an excellent record of scientific research, and the sea mammal unit is a particularly good example of this. The unit is certainly a world leader in its field.

“As well as this research role, the unit plays a vital role working with government and international agencies to advise them on relevant matters.”

During the course of his visit, Mr Wallace also met with Principal Dr Brian Lang and Wardlaw Professor of Physics and Scotland’s Chief Adviser of Science, Professor Wilson Sibbett.

Mr Wallace called at the University during a day of visits to businesses in the Fife area.


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