A Great Start to a Promising Year!!

College life is well and truly back into the swing of things, we still have a few new students to welcome to our community, but we started the year as we mean to go on – with a lot happening.


Congratulations To …..

Ian McEnhill, Viv O'Duffy and Colin Watson
Ian McEnhill, Viv O’Duffy and Colin Watson

Ian McEnhill, Viv O’Duffy and Colin Watson, who were recently successful in completing their level 7 Glasgow Kelvin College Community Achievement Awards for their development of community activities with Do a Little Change a Lot in Possil.

Do a Little, Change a Lot    is a programme which recruits and supports volunteers in a given area.  In Possil, they work with four different organisations  –  Concrete Garden, Depot Arts, St Matthews Centre and Friends of Possilpark Greenspace  – to provide volunteering opportunities and practical experience in a range of skills through learning and confidence-building.

Funded by the Scottish Government, The Tudor Trust and Voluntary Action Fund, the programme also provides training for local volunteers.  In this instance, they partnered with Glasgow Kelvin College to deliver the ever-more popular Community Achievement Awards, which accredit the learning and experience of volunteers as they work.  The College is delighted to support this growing organisation and looks forward to building on our partnership in the future.  For more information, visit http://www.changealot.org.uk/


Foundation Apprenticeship Programme Launch

Alan Sherry along with Foundation Programme Apprentices
Alan Sherry along with Foundation Programme Apprentices

Wednesday night saw the Business Development Team in Springburn celebrate the launch of the Foundation Apprenticeship programme when the Foundation Apprentices were formally welcomed to the College by Alan Sherry, in the company of their families and our programme partners.

The Professional Cookery class were at the event and provided the buffet.

Our new recruits join a band of world class apprentices already attending the college.  Here’s a few snaps of some of our other apprentices.


School Events

As the session starts off the Advice and Guidance Team’s diary is filling up with external events  at secondary schools. These events raise the profile and promote the opportunities at GKC as we start to look ahead for future recruitment.

This activity is ongoing throughout the year and last year the team attended a total of 32 events speaking to school staff, parents and most importantly pupils planning the next stage of their learning.  This input is valued by Schools and the Guidance Team enjoy meeting young people and helping them with their planning.


Bridge 2 Business Relaunch

On Tuesday the 1st of September staff members Audrey Miller (Vice Principal – HR & Organisational Development) and Rose Fairley (Marketing) attended the stakeholder relaunch of Bridge 2 Business. Annabelle Ewing MSP, Minister for Youth and Women’s Employment was a guest speaker at the event.  They also took part in workshops.

It was a very well organised, worthwhile event that gave the opportunity to meet ex students who have started their own businesses.

Two ex-students from Glasgow Kelvin College, Siobhan MacKenzie and Serign Sanneh attended and showcased their businesses.


A Venue of Choice

The Music Department at Springburn have been working with and have developed a fabulous working relationship with The Record Factory on Byres Road and they have gone on to build onto this and we have now come to an arrangement to make the venue our ‘venue of choice’.  This means that The Record Factory is going to become our ‘Gang Hut’ where the majority of our live performances and industry related activities are going to be staged both during the night and including sessions during the day – this is all to reflect the reality of working in the music industry.

GKC students can become Members and get a membership card that will entitle them to significant discounts on entry to all paying nights at the Record Factory plus special discounts on food and drinks.  In addition GKC students will get preferential treatment when they stage their events at the venue, so birthday parties, charity events, pub quizzes, fashion shows, auditions etc can be held here.

Membership cards can be picked up at the first event on their programme – The Fresher’s Gig – see below for details.


Fresher’s Week 2015 is Coming!

Freshers WeekCome along to Glasgow Kelvin College’s Fresher’s Fair this year. There will be plenty of businesses, charities and stalls. You will be able to find amazing offers and organisations that may be relevant to your chosen field of study. There will also be companies offering support networks to students that may be useful.

  • Monday 7th September – Springburn campus!
  • Tuesday 8th September – East End campus!
  • Wednesday 9th September – West campus!
  • Thursday 10th September –Easterhouse campus!
  • Friday 11th September – City campus!


Fresher’s Gig

The Music Departments events programme kicks off Wednesday the 9th of September with The Fresher’s Gig

This event is open to all GKC students and has already got massive take up from the Music, Dance, Musical Theatre, Photography, Fashion, Music Business, Sound and Sports Departments.  All are welcome and there is a complementary BBQ at the start of the evening on a first come first served basis.  Entertainment will be provided by HN1,2 and NC bands from the music course plus DJs and Special Guests…..The Tutors!!! (Rare and Racey Performance Guaranteed)!

Doors Open and 6.00 pm and the entertainment starts at 7.30 pm, but if you get there early you are going to be more likely to get one of those free burgers!!!


Abseil from City Campus Stow Building…

A&M Events SEPT15Join A&M Scotland for a 120ft abseil. This exhilarating event will see 100 supporters abseil from City Campus building. On the day all participants will be in the safe hands of fully qualified instructors from Glasgow Climbing Centre.

The entry fee to take part is £15 and all participants must pledge to raise at least £100 in sponsorship. Minimum age is 14 years.

All the funds raised on the day will be used to help develop the services of A&M Scotland supporting kids in some of the most deprived areas of Glasgow.

A&M Scotland is an award winning charity specialising in the delivery of diversionary group work and physical activities for young people aged 7-25.

For an entry form or more information please email anne@aandm.org.uk or call 0141 558 4300 or join the event on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/events/460901280743155/


That’s us for today, check back next week fr more news and events.

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