Bust trib­ute to phi­lan­thropist Peter Brough is re­vealed

Paisley Daily Express - - Front Page - Ken­neth Speirs

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/

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