Press release

A modern economy needs thriving modern universities, says MillionPlus Vice-Chancellor

08 Oct 2018

Professor Nigel Seaton, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Abertay University, will today (8 October) speak on behalf of MillionPlus, the Association for Modern Universities, at a National Union of Students (NUS) and NUS Scotland co-hosted fringe at the SNP conference in Glasgow.

Professor Seaton will share the platform with Richard Lochhead MSP, Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science; Carol Monaghan MP, SNP Education Group Leader in Westminster; Liam McCabe, NUS Scotland President; and Shakira Martin, NUS President.

In his speech Professor Seaton is expected to say that across Scotland modern universities are providing the graduate workforce and the real-world translational research that is equipping the country for the future. 

He will say:

“Modern universities offer work-focused and occupationally relevant programmes, run by those who stay in close contact with industry practice. No two students are the same, and modern universities are at the forefront of tailoring approaches to support the learning of individual students.

“A modern economy needs modern universities, and they should be championed and supported by the government.”

Addressing social mobility in Scotland, he will say that modern universities remain at the forefront of work to enable access and that continued investment in this area is vital.


Notes to editors

  1. For further information or to arrange an interview, please contact Dan Blows on 020 7717 1658 or email
  2. MillionPlus is the Association for Modern Universities in the UK, and the voice of 21st century higher education. We champion, promote and raise awareness of the essential role and impact of modern universities in the UK’s world-leading higher education sector. More information can be found at
  3. What are modern universities? Modern universities are long established centres of higher education in their communities with roots that stretch back decades, if not centuries. Many gained university title following legislation agreed by parliament in 1992. They make up almost half of the UK university sector with over a million students studying at modern universities every year.
  4. Modern universities: key facts 2018