Professor Gayle McPherson, Events and Cultural Policy at UWS’ 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.”
Renfrewshire Council’s step change work forms the basis of the Future Paisley Partnership’s cultural regeneration activity which both UWS and Renfrewshire Council are a part of. Paisley is currently undergoing a major renovation with over £100m being invested into the town centre which includes the refurbishment of Paisley Museum and Paisley Town Hall.
Renfrewshire Council Leader Iain Nicolson said: “I am delighted that Renfrewshire Council and the University of the West of Scotland are working in partnership on the Centre for Culture, Sport and Events.
“The UK City of Culture bidding process firmly established the idea that Paisley’s culture and heritage can be used to transform its future."