A Valued Introduction

Welcome to the first official post of Glasgow Kelvin College’s Blog!

You might be asking why we are going to keep a blog when we have other ways of sharing our news such as Facebook, Twitter and the website. Well its purely because it gives us a way of sharing both college and student news in an informal way.

Each week we plan on telling you what’s been happening in the college and what you can expect in the weeks ahead, whether that be new college policies, student successes or social events. We will give you the opportunity to contribute too, if you want tell us what your class is doing or about a gig you are having – then you can, we will be happy to share your good news.

So with all that in mind let’s get started with this week’s post.


Our Values

values-just-wheelWhen we set out to create our values, GKC staff and students were asked to consider three questions.

Following on from an extensive series of workshops with staff and student groups, the answers were collated, analysed and grouped into related categories. This information was then used to form a set of core principles which was then further developed into a series of Glasgow Kelvin College core values.

Each value comes with a definition and a series of behaviours and aspirations associated with it. These are shown graphically on the Values Wheel printed over the page. This represents what we, both staff and students, have identified as being core to working or studying at GKC.

However, for these values to become more than words arranged in a certain order, they have to come off the page and become integral elements in our work processes. They have to become embedded in how we work with each other, and in how we deal with students and stakeholders.

For that reason, over the next six weeks, each of our six values will be promoted individually for one week. During that week, examples of behaviours and actions that demonstrate the particular value will be highlighted and shared.

Take a look at our video to see our values and what they mean to you.


A Gem of a Win

We would like to offer our CONGRATULATIONS to 3 of our HND Jewellery students who took part in The Scottish Gemmological Association’s Gemset Design Jewellery 2015 competition.

Nicola Fabian took first place, while Mariuz Suliga and Paula Sloan were Highly Commended.

All the entries from GKC used a combination of highly accurate traditional stone-setting, alongside cutting-edge 3D-design and manufacture, including 3D printing – none of the other colleges offer this!

Lecturer, Dauvit Alexander, is extremely proud of his students and has been tweeting about their success – “Proud of my students again as @GKCollege takes top prize in the Scottish Gemmological Society “Gemset” competition.”

Well done again to our talented students.

If you would like to see a full list of the winners, please visit the Scottish Gemmological Association’s website.


InCube Competition

Renfrewshire Council have asked that we let you know there is just over a week left to enter this competition.

This exciting initiative will offer a package of support worth over £11,000 including serviced office accommodation, funding, training/coaching & mentoring to around 20 start-up or early stage businesses within a creative retail theme. In addition, support will be available to help to develop e-commerce and other alternative routes to market. The entry criteria is simply that the entrepreneur must be willing to be based initially in the inCube Hub and have their business base in Renfrewshire.

The competition launched on 24th March, and will close on 28th April with successful applicants moving into the hub at the end of June 2015. See http://www.investinrenfrewshire.com/incube/ and Twitter at @InCube_Ren


Who’s Fundraising at GKC

Support Riding for the Disabled
Support Riding for the Disabled

Pathways to Social Science and Care students are working towards a Volunteering Award for their Working With Others unit and they are going to support Riding for the Disabled at Sommerston.

The students will walking 14 miles of the West Highland Way on the 8th of May and they are looking for sponsors. They will also be holding a Tombola on Tuesday the 12th of May. If you would like to make a donation to the stall you can hand it in to the reception at any of the campuses from the 20th of April until the 7th of May.

The students would like to thank you in advance for supporting them in this fundraiser.


Well that’s everything for now, we hope you enjoyed our inaugural post and that it’s encouraged you to share your news, activities and events with us.

If you have anything you would like us to include in future posts, no matter how big or small, then please email the details to Tracey at tborland@glasgowkelvin.ac.uk remember to include any pictures / posters / links you might have.

See you all next week!!!

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