The UK Government is to support the creation of a Graduate and Research Centre at The Glasgow School of Art with a £5m donation it was announced today, Tuesday 22 July 2014. The announcement was made by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rt Hon George Osborne MP, who was making a keynote speech at the Commonwealth Business Summit in Glasgow.
The a Graduate and Research Centre is Phase 2 of the GSA’s campus development programme following the completion of the award-winning Reid building. The development plan will see the GSA create one of the leading Higher Education campuses for learning and research in the visual and creative disciplines, building the institution’s success to date.
Announcing the contribution, the Chancellor said:
“I’ve spoken today about some of the things that make Glasgow special. The things that make people want to work here, locate businesses here, and to live here.
“I grew up in a family that valued design. My father created a manufacturing business based on interior design and it has always been part of my life.
“The name of Charles Rennie Mackintosh – synonymous with iconic architecture and design - is a magnet that draws people time and again to Glasgow. And there can be no doubt that the jewel in the Mackintosh crown is the Glasgow School of Art.
“The UK Government has already made a £5m contribution to the Mackintosh Appeal to help ensure that the building is restored to its former glory.
“Today making an additional £5m contribution to support the School’s new Graduate and Research Centre, protecting the school’s strong heritage and equipping it for the future at the forefront of Scotland’s creative industries and an institution secure in its position of world renown.”
Professor Tom inns, Director of The Glasgow School of Art said:
“We are extremely grateful to the UK government for this support which recognises both the importance of research in creative disciplines to the future of the British economy, and the international profile of The Glasgow School of Art as a leading centre of studio-based creative education.
“The GSA has one of the largest research communities in the visual creative disciplines in the UK. The Graduate and Research Centre will help us to develop our research profile further through new partnerships with national and international organisations.
“It will allow us to build on successes to date by our centres of expertise including the Digital Design Studio, Mackintosh Architecture Environmental Research Unit and Institute of Design innovation, and on groundbreaking research projects such as our work in the area of health and well being design, as well as developing new and exciting research strands.”
Funds for the Graduate and Research Centre are being raised by The Glasgow School of Art Development Trust. Chair of the Trust, Colin Grassie added:
“The Trustees warmly welcome this significant boost from the UK Government. We remain confident that we will be able to raise the £20m required to help the GSA recover from the fire through the Mackintosh Appeal.
“Today’s announcement ensures that the momentum that was beginning to develop around the £10m campaign for the Graduate and Research Centre will not be lost. This is a bold statement of confidence in the GSAs impact and plans for the future.”
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Notes for Editors
- Already as one of the UK's largest research communities for the visual creative disciplines, the GSA submission to the recent Research Excellence Framework 2013 assessment was substantive and clustered around eight inter-disciplinary themes:
Architecture, urbanism and the public sphere
Contemporary art and curating
Health and wellbeing
Education in art, design and architecture
- Moving forward the GSA has ambitious plans to increase both the scale and activity of its Phd Community and to develop its research profile further through internal collaboration and new partnerships with national and international organisations.
- Central to the growth in PhD students, innovation and economic growth in the creative industries is a substantial community of masters students. The GSA Graduate and Research Centre will provide space for growth and the development of inter-disciplinary activity across the GSA’s postgraduate portfolio.
- The Phase 2 development plan was in progress when The Glasgow School of Art was hit by the fire in the Mackintosh Building. The UK Government has also donated £5m to the Mackintosh Appeal which will enable the institution to recover from the impact of the fire.