Bust tribute to philanthropist Peter Brough is revealed
The founding benefactor of Paisley’s university has been honoured with the unveiling of a striking bust.
The larger- than- life- size sculpture of Peter Brough was commissioned as part of the University of the West of Scotland’s ( UWS) 120th anniversary celebrations.
The bust was made by Paisley man Sandy Stoddart, Sculptor in Ordinary to Her Majesty The Queen in Scotland. His studio is based at the uni.
It was unveiled by Dame Elish Angiolini, chancellor of UWS.
Professor Craig Mahoney, principal and vice-chancellor of UWS, said: “We are delighted to have unveiled this bust of Peter Brough as part of our 120-year anniversary celebrations.
“At UWS, we are extremely proud of our history and what we have achieved over the last 120 years.
“It is great to be able to recognise the hugely important role philanthropists such as Peter Brough played in the creation of the institution.
“Our year of celebration enables us to recognise our significant achievements and the rich legacies on which we are built, as well as looking forward to achieving our long- term ambitions.”
In addition to being the anniversary of the founding of Paisley Technical School, 2017 also marks 25 years since the granting of university status as University of Paisley and 10 years since the university merged with the former Bell College to become UWS.
As part of the celebrations, this week the university is hosting events which celebrate sport, the arts, the students and alumni.
These include Celebrating Sport, the Inaugural Alumni vs Students Sports Day; and Celebrating Art, which will give visitors the chance to undertake a studio tour and hear a talk by Mr Stoddart.
Professor Craig Mahoney hosted a round- table event at which he delivered a talk entitled ‘UWS Past, Present and Future’, followed by discussions on critical questions facing UWS.
Today, Celebrating our Campuses will provide an insight into the university’s vision for its Paisley campus and an overview of other exciting developments at the university’s other campuses.
And, this afternoon, the university is also hosting an event, entitled Celebrating our Alumni and Celebrating Our Students, which will feature a Q&A session with a panel of successful alumni and an opportunity to network and connect with students and graduates.
Professor Craig Mahoney added: “We are delighted by the response we have had to these events, which are an important part of our anniversary celebrations, with alumni from around the world set to attend.
“Events such as these give us a great opportunity to showcase our talent and provide opportunities for staff and students to engage with our alumni and key stakeholders and to forge new and exciting relationships.”
For more information on any these events, or the university’s year of celebration, visit http:// yearofcelebration.uws.ac.uk/