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Marine Biological Research Station Millport closure threat alleviated

Although it has taken a few months, news regarding the future of the University Marine Biological Station Millport has appeared, and the news is good, confirming that the station’s closure is no longer an option, following the withdrawal of its funding from the University of London.

Ownership of the station, its building, and the surrounding land have been transferred to the Field Studies Council (FSC):

Field Studies Council, FSC, is the only environmental education charity dedicated solely to providing informative and enjoyable opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to discover, explore, be inspired by, and understand the natural environment.

Established in 1943, FSC has become internationally respected for its national network of learning locations, international outreach training projects, research programmes, information and publication services,  and wide range of professional training and leisure courses.

Via Field Studies Council (FSC)

Regarding the transfer, FSC Chief Executive Rob Lucas 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.

According to Education Secretary Mike Russell, the agreement will ensure the long-term future of the station, which he said has suffered years of under investment while in the hands of the University of London.

Via Agreement reached over Marine Biological Station on Cumbrae

Millport biological marine station

Millport biological marine station © Richard Webb via geograph

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June 13, 2013 - Posted by | Appeal, Civilian, Maritime | , , , , ,

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