INVITATION • Thursday 21 August 2014, 6-8pm

Networking Event

UWS Ayr Campus

Honeycomb – CreativeWorks


Film and broadcast Animation Computer gaming Interactive media Music technologies


• Are you a creative professional or small business developing digital content for film, broadcast, animation, computer gaming, interactive media or music technologies?

• Are you based in the Western Seaboard of Scotland, Northern Ireland or the six border counties of the Republic of Ireland?

• Would you like to meet other digital content creators and creative professionals?

• Would you like information on a programme of master-classes, short courses, networking events and seed funding to help support your business?




Honeycomb – Creative Works is an EU funded £3.58m programme targeted at the digital content sector across the INTERREG IVA region of Northern Ireland, the six border counties of the Republic of Ireland and the western seaboard of Scotland.


Honeycomb will address the economic, educational, social and cultural needs of the sector by focusing on SMEs, organisations and individuals that play a role, or have a vested interest in the development of the digital content sub sector, particularly those who work in film & broadcast, animation, computer gaming, interactive media & music technologies




• Developing Networks of Scale aims to build the capacity of, and establish greater links between digital content SMEs, freelancers and start-ups across the three regions through a comprehensive networking programme.

• Skills Development aims to address the shortfall in sector-specific training for the digital content sector.

• Intelligence Gathering aims to monitor sectoral developments and to devise a range of studies to ensure that the programme is constantly updated in light of new industry requirements.

• Enterprise Development and Project Finance aims to provide a seed funding programme and investment fund for early stage digital content projects for both freelancers and creative enterprises.


Please rsvp to me,


We look forward to sharing information with you and introducing you to a new network in the beautiful surroundings of the UWS Ayr Campus, University Avenue, Ayr.


Refreshments will be available.

A message from Laura Kerr, Youth Strategy Officer at South Ayrshire Council, about an excellent opportunity for students to join the Ayrshire Youth Arts Network Advisory Committee

We are now recruiting young people for the Ayrshire Youth Arts Network Advisory Committee.  The positions are open to young people aged 14 – 25  from Ayrshire – there are 3 places for each Ayrshire, making it a group total of 9.  All of the information and the link to the application form is available at
I would be grateful if you would consider sharing this information with your contacts to reach as wide a group as possible before the closing date of 28 July. I know the summer period is a difficult time to engage with young people but it is fantastic opportunity and it would be appreciated if you could reach out to any young people who may be interested.
Ideally, we would like to recruit young people from more vulnerable and targeted backgrounds who have benefited from the arts. It would therefore be helpful  if you could provide encouragement and support, if required. I am more than happy to help where needed too, so please don’t hesitate to contact me.
If you are emailing out to young people, here is some suggested text:

Ayrshire Youth Arts Network is a new initiative funded by Creative Scotland, as part of the Time to Shine Strategy. It’s purpose is to enrich young people’s lives through arts and creativity. We are setting up an Ayrshire Youth Arts Advisory Group to help plan, deliver, monitor and evaluate the project which has received £399,000 funding!

We are looking for young people aged 14-25 from across Ayrshire with:

–      Enthusiasm for the arts and creativity
–      Ability to communicate well with adults and young people
–      Ability to work within a group
–      Ability to understand and listen to other people’s views and be sensitive towards the experiences of others
–      Ability to take on board the views of others
–      Ability to work with others in a way that doesn’t judge or discriminate
–      Flexibility and willingness to travel across Ayrshire (we will cover transport costs)
–      A willingness to commit to meetings and other events between 1 – 4 times per month
*Please note the closing date is Monday 28 July 2014 *
Find out more and apply at or contact Kirsty Gallacher on 01294 273051 or
Many thanks
Laura Kerr
Youth Strategy Officer
South Ayrshire Council
Community, Enterprise and Development
CLD Office
Troon Library
South Beach

This September , University Of The West Of Scotland will be launching a brand new Diploma in Higher Education (DipHE) course in Performing Arts, delivered at UWS Ayr Campus. It is specifically designed for students who have an HNC in Performance or Acting, or 3 Advanced Highers or 3 A levels. This one year course  provides a route into Drama UK recognised BA (Hons) degree courses in PerformanceContemporary Screen Acting and Musical Theatre.

David Hayman at a recent Masterclass Event in our UWS Ayr TV Studios

David Hayman at a recent Masterclass Event in our UWS Ayr TV Studios

Students will have the opportunity to experience a wide range of performing arts training. This includes voice, movement, dance, singing, acting for stage and screen, research, devising and improvisation. Tutors are active researchers and professional actors, writers and directors. Throughout the programme, there will be a balance between modules based on performing arts theory and those involving practical activities and skill development. Students will be introduced to analysis and criticism in all of the main areas of the performing arts and will be given a wide experience of practical training. The course is delivered at our new Ayr Campus, which is equipped with state-of-the-art television, music and performance studios. You will not only benefit from the professional practice of your tutors but guest lecturers as well. You will be taught by staff who are professional practitioners in industry, and are active researchers. You will be timetabled for three days a week over two trimesters and given ample notice of extra rehearsal time required for the production aspects of the course. Here’s a flavour of the sort of work we do in StudioLab at our Studios in UWS Ayr . Full details of the new Programme and how to apply can be found HERE.


Staff and Students at The Ayr Gaiety

Staff and Students at The Ayr Gaiety

Fourth  year students from the University Of The West Of Scotland’s Contemporary Screen Acting course recently celebrated their annual Degree Show at the Ayr Gaiety. 

Students have been studying Screen Acting on  film  and in the UWS Ayr TV Studios for the past 2 years , and will graduate with a BA(Hons) this summer.
The 11 students films showcased this year ranged from dark psychological thrillers, through film noir to comedy and performance art.
UWS is developing a closer and closer creative working partnership with the the Gaiety and we were delighted to hold our degree show here. With the expansion of our teaching next year to include Technical Theatre and Musical Theatre, Ayr’s local theatre will become an integral part of the delivery of our courses. The fantastic facilities in the Gaiety  complement our state of the art TV and Film studios at our new campus. Events like this degree show are a great way of building ever stronger links between the town and the university. By next year we will have upwards of 120 performance based students working directly out of the Ayr Campus.
art. The creative industries degrees available at the UWS Ayr Campus range include Filmmaking & Screenwriting , Digital Art, Commercial Music and Performance.
Details of how to apply for a Creative Industries Degree  can be found on the University website.


UWS Professor David McGillivray is working with Future City Glasgow on an engagement project and they’re very keen to have UWS staff and student involvement in their fourth Hackathon which takes place on 30th May-1st June at the Riverside Museum in Glasgow

Although there is a perception that these events are only for programmers and the like, they’re really keen to draw on a wider creative community to participate and there’s an incentive of a 20k prize for the winning team!

Please pass this message on to your students, colleagues and external contacts

A rehearsed reading of my Play “Marco Pantani : The Pirate” will be performed at the Edinburgh Festival Of Cycling on the 18th of June a
Marco Pantani was arguably the greatest Italian Cyclist of the modern era. In 1998 he became a national hero when he won the two most prestigious races in the cycling calendar, the Giro D’Italia and the Tour De France. Five years later he was found dead and drug-ridden in a lonely Rimini hotel room. What drives a man to the pinnacle of professional cycling, yet leads him to the depths of squalor and despair? “The Pirate” traces Marco’s journey from the poverty of his upbringing in the streets of Cesena, to his ultimate tragic end at the cruelly early age of 34.

The cast will be: Stuart Hepburn, Jane Robertson and Scott Ballantyne. Directed by David Overend.

This event is supported by the Edinburgh Bicycle Co-Op
Tickets can be purchased here

Departmental PhD Bursary

The Department of Theatre, Film and Television at the University of York invites applications for a bursary for PhD students. The bursary is worth £5,000 per annum for a period of three years and will commence in October 2014.

Applicants must be in receipt of an offer for a full-time place on one of the Department’s two PhD programmes: PhD in Theatre, Film and Television; PhD in Theatre, Film and Television by Creative Practice. Normally, they must also begin their studies in October 2014.
This bursary is open to all home, EU and International applicants. However, anyone already in receipt of a full doctoral research studentship (e.g. AHRC, Commonwealth Scholarship Commission etc.) is ineligible. Similarly an applicant who subsequently secures such a studentship would no longer be eligible for the bursary.

The key criteria for the awarding of these bursaries will be a combination of proven academic excellence, the potential for contribution to the research culture of the department and financial need.

How to apply
Applicants should submit the following to Helen Dowson, Departmental Postgraduate Administrator, no later than 5:00pm on Friday 30th May:
– a copy of their doctoral research proposal
– a current CV
– a brief covering letter
Applications should be made via e-mail.

Dr Kristyn Gorton
Director of Graduate Studies

One of my students Zoe Smart has sent me this message.
Hi Stuart,
              How are you? I am in the fourth year in the film-making and screenwriting class and am currently looking for an actress for my graduation project.
I just wanted to message you in case you could recommend some actresses that may fit the role I have described below.
I have tried advertising on Facebook and Starnow but so far it has been to no avail. 
If you could think of anyone who might be interested please could you pass the following information on to them or let me know:
CASTING CALL: Female Scottish actress (40-45) ideally from Dundee or West Coast of Scotland accent needed for Monday 28th and 29th April for graduation short film. Travel expenses will be paid and lunch will be provided. Filming in Glasgow. For more details please email me at
Yours Sincerely,
Zoë Smart


I hope you are well sending you over details regarding the production I am directing at the Palace. If you could circulate this around staff and students this would be most appreciated:

Like a Virgin
By Gordon Steel
Friday 9th May 2014

Suitable for 15+
7pm, Palace Theatre Kilmarnock
All information can be found on the flyer attached
**Intimate staging and limited seats**

A romp through the bubble-gum years of teenage life. Angela and Maxine, besotted with Madonna, play truant from school, form a band, attempt to write songs and, with hairbrushes in hand, live out their adolescent dreams of becoming famous. Meanwhile Angela’s mother, Viv, struggles to come to terms with her marriage break-up and her daughter’s explosive lifestyle, as the play rollercoasters through hope, sex, ambition, despair and, most of all, love.


Kind Regards
Ross Macfarlane
Actor, Singer, Director, Drama/Singing/Piano Tutor and Workshop Leader





UWS won a gold medal in the Research Impact category of the Game Changer Awards, which took place at a ceremony last night, Thursday 3 April 2014, at the Old Fruitmarket in Glasgow.

The Game Changer Awards, organised in collaboration by Colleges Scotland and Universities Scotland, and backed by Legacy 2014 and the Scottish Funding Council, celebrate the many and varied contributions made by Scotland’s colleges and higher education institutions to the success of the Games and to ensure a lasting legacy for the nation.

The event saw gold, silver and bronze medals being awarded. UWS won a gold medal award for its project, Leveraging Para-sports Events for Sustainable Community Participation.

This collaborative project between UWS and University of Western Ontario aims to examine how the hosting of integrated or non-integrated sports events for people with a disability are being used to create opportunities for community participation and to influence community attitudes towards disability. This study will contribute to the ongoing debate about integrated or separate sports events and the literature on the wider social value of hosting sporting events.

Professor Gayle McPherson, Chair in Events and Cultural Policy at UWS, is heading up this project. The project also sees key input from Professor David McGillivray of the University’s Creative Media Academy.

Professor McPherson said: “We are delighted to have won a gold medal in the Research Impact category of the Game Changer Awards. Our project focuses on how the catalyst effect of the Games can be used to leverage social change. This is the first research study that has sought to take a comparative approach to large scale sporting events focusing on Glasgow 2014, which is an integrated games, and next year’s Pan/Para Pan American Games in Toronto.”

The Research Impact award recognises the impact of research relevant to the Glasgow 2014 Games, its legacy goals and/or to the enhancement of sport or understanding of the Commonwealth in Scotland.


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