Glasgow has already announced that it will start teaching three-year degree courses on the site of the former Crichton Royal hospital in 1998. Now it appears that Paisley wants to have at least 50 full-time degree students in another Crichton building.
The proposal, confirmed on Wednesday by a spokesman for Paisley, emerged as the university held a graduation ceremony in Dumfries for 17 students who had worked for their BA and BSc degrees at the local further education college.
Talks between the two universities are to take place shortly. Campaigners for the south-west university are confident that an agreement will be reached to offer separate courses and share facilities such as the conference centre, football pitches and golf course.
* Raymond Robertson, the Education Minister, this week opened the Lochaber Opportunities Centre in Fort William. Aimed at stemming the flow of young people from the area, it represents a partnership of Highland Council, Inverness College, employers and the local enterprise company.