I was vastly (and negatively) surprised when I read this "declaration of fear"...
In my humble opinion, Scottish people should vote YES on the 18th Sept for these reasons.
Focusing on Universities, Scotland should be proud of the Scottish Universities, some of them are top in Europe and they can now attract the best students and best scientists around the globe! And if these Universities start get funding from Research Councils run by Scottish people (or at least people living on the scottich side of the borders), hence people who can understand better the idiosyncracy of the Scottish country (e.g. University of the Highlands and the Islands is scattered around the north of Scotland without a main campus!) and the special needs but also philosophy and culture of each educational organisation, then the Universities will further flourish and this is going to be of great benefit for the local society and Scotland!
Assistant Professor of Food Chemistry
Univ. of Athens,
p.s. a note for the Guardian: why did Severin Carrell, Scotland correspondent wrote only the one side of the story... The Moon (and also each story!) has always 2 sides!