Constructive Students and Adventurous Staff!!

Well, I guess you will have been expecting a quiet week and a short blog update this time, after all most of the students have finished up, but it hasn’t quite worked out that way. The staff have been involved in conferences and trips and we have news on student activity too, so we better make a start.

Well Done To ……

Our Senior Facilities Officer, Paul Haslett.

Paul was one of the brave people who volunteered to get his legs waxed to raise money for Yorkhill Children’s hospital. In total with cash donations and the web page Paul has raised just over £300.

The leg wax was part of a charity night and on the night of the event there was £2000 raised by all the people involved.

If you would still like to donate you can do so by visiting the Just Giving page. You will also find further pictures and a video on this page.

Constructionarium 2015

GKC HND Civil Engineering student took part in the yearly Constructionarium event last week, linking up with Strathclyde University students and exchange students from Rostov University in Russia.

This residential course is designed to teach the students on a real live ‘site’ allowing them to put the theory that is learned in class into practice. They are involved in meetings with a main contractor (this year it’s Laing O’Rourke) who are one of the biggest private contractors in the U.K.

The students are split into teams for individual projects which consist of a scaled down model of Kingsgate Bridge(Durham), Millennium Galleries (Sheffield) and The Barcelona Tower. These are real life constructions using real materials (concrete, reinforcement bars, shuttering etc).

The team building on site is fantastic to see as these students have no site experience at all, so are all learning together and they always seem to come through and rise to the occasion. At the end of the week they all have a sense of achievement and sets them up well for a lot of the challenges that they will face as their careers progress.

Thanks to Kevin Gallacher and the Civil Engineering team for their presence on site all week.

Learning and Teaching Conference

Monday the 15th of June saw our teaching staff taking part in a conference in our Easterhouse Campus. The conference was in association with Gazelle Colleges, who believe that developing entrepreneurial attributes throughout education is the most important step any society can take to support youth employment and promote economic growth and social value. Glasgow Kelvin College is the only college in Scotland which is a member of the Gazelle Colleges Group.

The Keynote speech was delivered by Fintan Donohue, CEO of Gazelle, staff then took part in workshops such as ‘Embedding Enterprise in the Curriculum’ and ‘Design Thinking for Tutors’. The workshop facilitators came from a variety of different colleges including Preston College and Cardiff and Vale College.

The conference was well received by those attending and initial feedback from the event has been positive. Teaching staff have been commenting that they appreciated the opportunity to focus on Learning and Teaching and explore different ideas, with one staff member saying

“This feels like we’ve been given permission to be more creative and innovative and to do things differently”.

Thanks go to all of the staff involved in organising, facilitating and to those that took part in the conference.

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Staff and Friends Activity Weekend

Staff and Family Trip Victims
Staff and Family Trip Victims

The following was submitted by Iain Abercrombie, Head of the Creative and Digital Industry Faculty.

The GKC summer activity weekend took place last weekend and was a roaring success from start to finish. 28 hardy souls set off for Newtonmore, using the Active Outdoor Activity centre in Newtonmore as their base, had a fun and activity filled two days that was a great success for staff and their families.

The weather was not so enjoyable on the Saturday, but then being immediately immersed into some ‘bracingly’ cold water during the gorge walk in the River Trium, the fact that it was raining slightly was of no consequence. The act of swimming in the water also dissuaded the midges who had arrived in droves to meet , greet and eat.

The group problem solved and team worked their way up the gorge, the experience culminating in the intimidating 20ft jump at the last pool, which a variety of brave souls ‘steeled’ themselves for and completed with grace and elegance (well at least two!).

The fact that John Montgomery had arranged for a Scotland football match to be played to coincide with the staff weekend was well received and for some participants a warm shower was forgone to ensure a front seat in the Braeriach hostelry, only to find the local Newtonmore shinty game took precedence over the football and they had to wait to see the last 45mins ( obviously then having to partake of a pint to fill the gap!)

Day two saw the group having the option to be higher out the water in an outdoor, staff guided, six man raft or much nearer the rapids and in charge of their own destiny in a two man inflatable kayak or ‘duckie’. Again the staff and family members threw themselves into the three hour trip from Advie to Knockdhu through beautiful sunlight, part of the Spey with tremendous energy and humour and were all extremely disappointed as the last rapid was negotiated, the rafts stacked and secured and activities ended .

However in a determined effort to get as much out the weekend as possible, where other groups have been known to sleep all the way down the A9 , the GKC staff treated the drivers to a succession of old favourite songs and chants, obviously the presence of performing arts staff adding to the quality of this final activity.

All in all a great success and the feedback was that anyone wanting to join in next session will need to be quick to book!

What Is GKC Up To Next Week?

Summer Awards Ceremony

awards image_Page_1A quick reminder that the Summer Award ceremony will be held in Glasgow City Chambers on Wednesday 24 June.

The Summer Award Ceremony will formally recognise individual students from non-advanced courses, who have demonstrated exceptional levels of perseverance and diligence towards their studies, and whose achievements will serve as an inspiration to other and future learners.

It looks as if it will be a great day and we’ll let you know how it all went next week.

Electric Honey Sessions

Electric Honey SessionsElectric Honey’s 7th annual showcase will be held on Friday the 26th of June 2015, at Oran Mor for the West End Festival, Glasgow. Tickets will be available at the door for £5.

Performances on the night from Harry and the Hendersons, Schnarff Schnarff, Finn Lemarinel and Apache Sun (who will be launching their EP).

For more information visit the Electric Honey Facebook Event page.

That’s us for this week, but check back next Friday for news on our Summer Awards Ceremony and anything else that may have happened.

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