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University of Glasgow offers ‘reparations’ for slavery ties

The University of Glasgow is to establish a joint research centre with the University of the West Indies, in what is being described as the first reparations from a UK university for benefiting from the profits of historical slavery.

A memorandum of understanding, signed on 31 July in Jamaica and at a ceremony in Glasgow on 23 August, commits the University of Glasgow to raising and spending £20 million over 20 years.

The Glasgow-Caribbean Centre for Development Research will be located in both Glasgow and the Caribbean and will host events, sponsor research and coordinate academic collaborations. Its establishment follows a September 2018 report for the University of Glasgow on how it benefited financially from slavery. That report found that the university “received significant financial gifts and support from people who derived some or occasionally much of their wealth from slavery”.

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