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Referendum experts from University of Edinburgh visiting Toronto in June

May 29, 2014

TORONTO, ON – The University of Edinburgh is bringing a number of high profile academic experts to Toronto from 17-21 June, as part of its General Council Meeting this year.

Two academics in particular will be available to speak to reporters about the September 18th Independence Referendum in Scotland and how this event compares to the Canadian experience with Quebec separatism.  Available for interviews are:

Professor Charlie Jeffery
Position: Professor of Politics
Background: Charlie Jeffery has held a Chair in Politics at Edinburgh since October 2004 Expert on: Referendum, Quebec, the state of the union; political relations between Scotland and England; public attitudes.

Dr. Nicola McEwan
Position: Public Policy Director
Background: Holds a MA Political Science from Western University in London, Ontario, and is Senior Lecturer in Politics and Deputy Director of Research for the School of Social & Political Science at the University of Edinburgh
Expert on: Referendum, Quebec, Comparative territorial politics and public policy, Nationalism and the politics of national identity, Devolution in the UK and multi-level governance, Elections and electoral participation, Scottish politics

In addition, the University of Edinburgh will confer honorary degrees on three notable Canadians at a ceremony on June 19 at the Art Gallery of Ontario:

·       General John de Chastelain, head of the International Commission on Decommissioning in Northern Ireland

·       Beverley McLachlin, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada

·       Garrett Herman, expert on Charles Darwin

·       Margaret Atwood, writer – will also receive an Honorary degree on the Friday

Interviews with the Honorary Graduates are available upon request.

A constitutional debate will also form part of the General Council programme.  Media are welcome to attend both. A copy of the programme is here:


If you are interested in interviews with our academics, Honorary Graduates, or attending any of the General Council events taking place in Toronto, please contact:

Andrew Moffat
Press and PR Officer – International
University of Edinburgh
Tel: 0131 650 9836

Media Relations
University of Toronto
Tel: 416-978-0100