A Finale Well Earned!!

What a week we have had, Award Ceremonies and Graduations galore, so most of our blog will be all about them, with a couple of student pieces and an up-coming event thrown in – just to mix things up a bit.


Award Ceremonies and Graduations

Summer Award Ceremony

Wednesday the 24th of June saw Glasgow Kelvin College hold its Summer Awards Ceremony in Glasgow City Chambers,

The day was split into two sessions (morning and afternoon) with the Science and Construction and Building Services students receiving their awards in the morning and Care, Humanities and Sport, Business and Service Industries and Creative and Digital Industries students gaining theirs in the afternoon.

John Wheatley Winners Group
John Wheatley Winners Group

As well as all the course class prizes awarded on Wednesday we also saw seven students receive a John Wheatley Prize. The John Wheatley Prize is awarded is for students who have come through some adversity. They were selected from a number of students who were put forward by their lecturers.

The seven worthy winners were:

  • Karen McGee – NQ Professional Cookery Level 5
  • Maria McNab – NQ Professional Cookery Level 5
  • Aisha Mohamed – ESOL Access 2
  • Robert Trainer – Learning Works Programme
  • Krisztina Kaman – NC Art and Design Level 6
  • Mark Ralston – NC Creative Technologies
  • Taylor Ross – NC Digital Media Computing

The prize winners received an amazon gift voucher of £25 as well as a Samsung Tablet – sponsored by Donald Goldie of the Robert Bennie Trust and Evelyn McDowell of The Wheatley Group.

A big congratulations to all our students celebrating their achievements and thank you to all the staff who supported them throughout the year.

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BDes. Jewellery Graduation

On Wednesday the 24th of June our BDes. Jewellery Design and Technology (Hons.) students travelled to Caird Hall in Dundee to attend the University of Dundee Graduation ceremony.

Anne Walker and Inness Thomson with Desperate Dan
Anne Walker and Inness Thomson with Desperate Dan

Our Jewellery students this year have produced some fantastic pieces of work and all their hard work has paid off. Our worthy Graduates are:

  • Inness Thomson – First Class
  • Anne Walker – First Class
  • Barbara Harris – Second Class Upper
  • Rachel O’Neill – Second Class Lower
  • Katie Mariott – Second Class Lower
  • Paulina Sadjak – Third Class
  • Sarah Russell – Third Class
  • Stephanie Mearns – Third Class
  • Well done to one and all.


Now a word from Anne Walker, BDes. (Hons.) Jewellery Design and Technology

We met even before we knew we had been accepted on to the course.


Anne Walker (www.heistjewellery.co.uk) and Inness Thomson (www.innessthomsonjewellery.co.uk) met in the entrance foyer of the then, North Glasgow college awaiting our interviews for the NQ course.


Who knew that five years later we would be skipping, hand in hand (yes, really) into a marquee on Campus Green in the heart of Dundee University’s student campus, both having just graduated with First Class honours in B.Des Jewellery Design and Technology, to get another glass of champagne!


At times he annoyed the hell out of me and vice versa. His mother, confided in me yesterday that I had kept him sane these past five years! Now friends for life, we both juggled jobs and with family commitments, [me and my two boys; Inness getting married and having a son], it was a struggle at times, but we made it. The NQ, the HND leading on to the Degree at Glasgow Kelvin college have been the most amazing of years.


The GKC degree course followed on from the skills we were taught by the fantastic, knowledgeable staff within the jewellery department and with our hard work, honing our skills, pushing boundaries both through the use of CAD and traditional jewellery bench techniques, we have emerged wiser, more creative and ready to fly.


By combining a design led ethos with the creative power of cutting edge technology this degree course is leading the way forward in jewellery design and manufacture in Scotland. I sincerely hope that the funding is allocated to allow this course to be reinstated.


In order to attach the ceremonial hoods to our gowns…. A degree itself was almost required! The speakers and the Chancellor at Dundee made for a formal yet informative Degree Graduation Ceremony. Thank you Dundee.


I have made friends for life and Glasgow Kelvin College will hold many memories for me.


Inness and I will be collaborating on a commercial venture soon… we will keep you posted!


Thank you Glasgow Kelvin College


BA Visual Arts Graduation

Graduates - BA Visual Arts
Graduates – BA Visual Arts

We have a plethora of talent at GKC and this can clearly be seen in the number of students we had graduating this year. Wednesday the 24th also saw our BA Visual Arts students travel to Caird Hall in Dundee to receive their Graduation awards.

Like the Jewellery students, the Visual Arts Graduates have created some out-standing pieces during the year and their end of year Degree Show was amazing. Their Degree award was well earned.


Again a short piece, this time from Susan Ward, BA (Hons) Visual Art

Dundee Graduation yesterday, was an amazing Day with my Family and Fellow Classmates. Want to say thanks to my Family for all their love and support. Wouldn’t be where I am to today without them. They have helped me so much; words can’t describe how grateful I am.


Also want to say thanks to my Lecturers for all their help and support and helping me find my inspiration in Printmaking. Also want to say thanks to my Classmates, It’s been amazing these last 4 years, wishing every bit of successful in the future.


Next stage for me is developing my printmaking as Independent Artist, selling my artwork and starting my Jewellery Course in August.


Hoping in 5 years’ time to open my own Gallery/Printmaking Studio.


Additional Awards

Jennifer Hailstone's Laser Cut Collar
Jennifer Hailstone’s Laser Cut Collar

Dauvit Alexander, Lecturer in our Creative and Digital Industries Faculty, has also let us know of several other awards won by Jewellery course students and we would just like to acknowledge these too.

  • Goldsmiths’ Centre Undergraduate Summer School – Sian Rushent (BDes. Student, first year)
  • New Designer’s Silversmithing Award – Karen Westland (Night-class student)
  • Guild of Glovemakers and Skinners Award – Jennifer Hailstones (HNC Student)

Well done to these students, all their talent and hard work has paid off.


Excited About STEM

Pupils from Wallacewell Primary School
Pupils from Wallacewell Primary School

Learner Support hosted a really successful Taster Event on Friday the 29th of May to 52 pupils from Wallacewell Primary School where the focus was on industries where there is gender imbalance. The students experienced workshops in Engineering, Early Years, Sound Production Hairdressing and Construction.

They were excited and eager to participate and that was thanks to both the stimulating activities organised, and to the enthusiasm and encouragement from the lecturers and the students who came along to support the event.

We received very positive feedback from the School staff; particularly on how much “hands on” the pupils were encouraged to do.

This Pilot is an innovative example of starting within the Primary School system to tackle cultural barriers to certain industries, such as gender and to getting young people excited about STEM.


What’s coming Up Soon?

Photography Exhibition

Exhibition PosterOn Friday the 10th of July there will be an Exhibition of Images by local photographers at Rosemount Lifelong Learning.

The exhibition, which is on from 2.00 until 5.00 pm, is in partnership with Glasgow Kelvin College.

Try and pop along and see some of the great photography on display.


That is us finished for this week, but we will return next Friday with anything news-worthy we may have to share. See you then.

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