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Field Studies Council: Bringing Environmental Understanding to All

Agreement reached over future of Marine Biological Station

The University of London announced today that it has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Field Studies Council (FSC) to secure a sustainable future for its Marine Biological Station (UMBSM) on the Scottish Island of Cumbrae, Firth of Clyde.

The agreement will see ownership of the physical assets of the Station, including land, buildings and other facilities being transferred to the FSC on 1st January 2014.

The University announced in March that it would close the Station after its funding was withdrawn.

Maureen Boylan, the University’s Deputy Secretary, who led the negotiations said: “This is very good news indeed for the Station, the island community and the local economy. We are delighted that the FSC, with its outstanding reputation in environmental education has agreed to work with us to find a sustainable future for this valuable asset.

“We would like to extend our thanks to all those individuals and organisations who have worked so hard with us to find a viable future for the Station.”

Rob Lucas, Chief Executive of the FSC, said: “This is an exciting opportunity for the FSC. Our vision for Millport field centre is for it to become a flagship for field studies in Scotland, building on its reputation for high quality field research and university teaching. The marine location will provide the perfect complement to the field studies we have been developing at our FSC Kindrogan field centre in the Highlands over the past 10 years”.

Friday, June 14, 2013