Independence Debate Divides Academics in Scotland

Independence Debate Divides Academics in Scotland 1

Kieran Dodds for The Chronicle

Ferdinand von Prondzynski, principal of Robert Gordon U., says independence 
would allow Scotland to set its own research agenda.

When voters in Scotland go to the polls in September to answer the question "Should Scotland be an independent country?," Ferdinand von Prondzynski will cast a yes ballot.

While much is at stake in the referendum, for Mr. von Prondzynski, the leader of Robert Gordon University, in Aberdeen, the key issue is Scotland’s ability to set its own research agenda.

Mr. von Prondzynski, whose official title is principal, as heads of Scottish universities are known, says that