A Centre for Culture, Sport and Events (CCSE) has launched at the University of the West of Scotland (UWS) Paisley Campus to help continue the town’s cultural regeneration.
The partnership between UWS and Renfrewshire Council is a space for collaborative research which will shape policy on the regeneration of Paisley and the wider area.
It includes the creation of three fully funded PhD student scholarships, funded by UWS and Renfrewshire Council, researching how culture and the media transform the impression of place; how poverty and health plays into culture-led regeneration; and the value of arts, culture and festivals to the economy.
The PhD students will also spend time working in Renfrewshire Council, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde within their arts programme and the Paisley Culture, Arts & Social Care Network.
Professor Gayle McPherson, Events and Cultural Policy at UWS’s School of Media, Culture and Society and CCSE director, said: “CCSE will provide a space for collaborative and interdisciplinary research that has impact at a local, national and international level.
“Research evidence produced through the centre will contribute to academic excellence and influence policy makers and practitioners working in culture, sport and events and social policy and change. The centre will utilise a range of robust and innovative methodologies to undertake research and work with key beneficiaries in the production of research outputs.”
Under the Future Paisley Partnership’s cultural regeneration, the town is undergoing a major renovation with over £100 million being invested in the town centre which includes the refurbishment of Paisley Museum and Paisley Town Hall.
Renfrewshire Council Leader Iain Nicolson said: “The UK City of Culture bidding process firmly established the idea that Paisley’s culture and heritage can be used to transform its future.
“The research that will be undertaken by the CCSE will be hugely beneficial to Renfrewshire and will continue to demonstrate the impact that cultural regeneration has in our communities, and will help to establish Paisley as a centre of excellence for cultural regeneration.”
To mark the launch of the CCSE, an event was held at UWS’ Paisley Campus last week where invited guests were given an introduction to the work of the Centre.