• Studentships

    Our studentships are now open for application please visit for more information and application details.


    Creative media research within the school is overseen by the Creative Futures Institute with additional research clusters in Creative Practice, Journalism, and the Scottish Centre for Island Studies.

    The School’s full range of work and activities is underpinned by an extremely strong research base, across all of its areas, evidenced by success in securing external funding, contracts, extensive publications and impressive external quality ratings.

    Our social sciences research work is now configured around two Research Groups, both of which benefits from Professorial leadership: Health Behaviours and Policy and Social Work.

    We have a significant community of postgraduate research students who benefit from expert supervision based on our proven research strengths.



    • Creative Futures Institute


      CFi is a locus for interdisciplinary research at the University of the West of Scotland, generating a wide range of research from screen studies to social media. It is based in the School of Creative & Cultural Industries with Associates from around the University. The cf. fosters an advanced, theoretically informed and practice-led research culture, identifying key questions relevant to Scotland in a global economy. Our Associates work collaboratively across disciplines and with the wider CCI school research community, generating original insights that creates impact and influences global decisions about innovation, creativity and culture. 

      What we do 

      CFi puts transdisciplinary learning at the heart of research development, building understanding through art, science, social science & the humanities, to develop a vision for the future that is creative, responsible & inspiring. Within the Institute, we aim to build collaborative research communities and support individual excellence, where knowledge is developed through a range of disciplinary insights. Through our work, we want to reconstitute the knowledge economy in a way that gives due credit to the complexity of ideas and discoveries, drawing as much from the arts as we do from the sciences.  

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    • UWS Creative Media Academy

      The UWS Creative Media Academy comprises degree programmes which are accredited by Creative Skillset, BJTC, JAMES and Drama UK. It offers programmes focused on professional practice, dedicated to vocationally relevant education to anticipate the skills needs of the creative and cultural industries. Each programme pays close attention to fast-developing converging technologies and new business models in the creative industries. 

      Students learn through modules taught by practitioners reflecting current industry ‘best practice’. Expertise across a range of interconnected disciplines is embedded across our different programmes including Broadcast Media, Film-making and Scriptwriting, Digital Art, Commercial Music and Music Technology, Performance, Broadcast Journalism, Computer Games Technology and Animation.

      The Academy has strong links with industry and the public sector which support; skills and talent development, business growth and the knowledge economy. It has established a Glasgow Creative Enterprise Cluster, a locus for industry facing, multidisciplinary projects and public events at CCA: Centre for Contemporary Arts and projects at Film City Glasgow

      In 2012 we developed the Media Academy Knowledge Exchange (MAKE), a University hub on our Paisley Campus set up to develop industry focused knowledge exchange and research projects.

    • Media Academy Knowledge Exchange (MAKE)

      Our Media Academy Knowledge Exchange (MAKE), housed on our Paisley campus, provides a space for our researchers to collaborate and develop projects with external partners. 

      It brings together the UWS Creative Media Academy, Creative Futures Research institute, members of our different research groups and our doctoral students in a suite of offices and meeting spaces. 

      With high quality audiovisual screening facilities, a modern, flexible open space for researchers and industry partners to interact, and dedicated deskspace for doctoral researchers, MAKE offers space for meetings, workshops, screenings and small-scale events.

    • Impact

      Our research generates original insights that inform creative social practices, ranging from the visual and performing arts to journalism, communication, social networking and cultural events. Our findings contribute crucial discoveries about humanity’s social, political and cultural life; the research also foregrounds new & imaginative subjects and forms of creative expression & practice. 

      Our main non-academic user groups, beneficiaries and audiences 

      We have fostered relationships with creatively engaged professionals (e.g. curators, artists, event organisers, media professionals) and policy makers. Our impact activities typically engages with the general public and we estimate that the total number of people attending and participating in activities informed by our research since 2008 is in excess of 1.5 million, based on figures associated with the Abandon Normal Device Festival, Edinburgh International Science Festival, Wellcome Trust exhibition, and citizen journalism projects of Vancouver 2010 and London 2012. 

      What types of impact have we achieved? 

      Since 2008 we have achieved impact in: 

      Civil society: involvement with artists, galleries, curators, festivals and mega-events (e.g. London 2012) to influence and contribute their strategic development (e.g. FACT Liverpool, Cornerhouse Manchester) and the specific content of exhibitions and novel festival programmes (e.g. Wellcome Trust, Abandon Normal Devices (AND), We Play, Edinburgh International Science Festival). 

      Cultural life: we have partnered with, and our research has informed the realisation of new artistic works, designs and other forms of expression (e.g. artists and designers), including opportunities for the public to co-create new experiences that have enriched their lives (e.g. citizen journalism research). 

      Economic prosperity: the exhibitions, shows and other creative productions inspired by our research generate economic activity (ticket sales, associated event materials, attracting visitors to venues). The AND Festival generated an additional £3 million investment in the North West of England. 

      Policy-making: we have contributed research-based evidence to national and European policy discussions, for example the European Parliament’s inquiries and policy development in the areas of digital strategy and human enhancement. 

      Public discourse: the creative production generated by our research, and its subsequent media coverage, have stimulated and provided robust arguments in discussions and debate on topics ranging from bioethics to the role of science in society.

  • Membership

    Our staff are members of the following organisations/associations: