Running, Accounting and Connecting!!

The first day of the September weekend, we are sure you are all relaxing and enjoying your break, but thought you would still like to be kept up to date with the week’s going-ons.

Congratulations To ….

John Kennedy-Bennett, our Timetabling Officer, on the achievement of his BA in Business from University of West of Scotland.

A real accolade for his efforts over the last five years, studying part-time, working full-time and foster dad to his seven-year-old boy. Well done!

Also To ….

The Manky Minxes, otherwise known as Audrey Miller, Carol Goodwin, Claire McGowan, Jo Freeman and Michelle Brown, who took part in the Cancer Research UK’s Race For Life.

The team of volunteers completed a 5K obstacle course, with a lot of mud thrown at them on Saturday the 19th of September.

The ladies in question had been meeting regularly to train for the event, making them fit and ready for this challenge.

If you would like to show your support and make a small donation then you can still do this by visiting their Just Giving page.

HND Accounting Event

HND Accounting students with Dave BryonThe HND Accounting students (14 in total) attended a presentation that evening by Dr Dave Byron, to the Chartered Certified Accountants Association, in the Radisson Hotel, Glasgow.

Dave Byron (Biography below), the former Chief Executive of BMI Baby provided the students with a valuable insight into the demands of running a £250 m turnover business, in what is arguably the most competitive sector of the economy – the Airline sector.

John Murphy, Lecturer, has been taking the students to similar events for over seven years now, as he sees it as a crucial part of their development in being introduced to Professional Accounting/Business events at this stage of their studies,

Dr Dave Bryon is the former Managing Director of bmibaby, which grew to become one of the Europe’s largest low cost airlines under his leadership. Dave now enjoys a successful media career that includes a highly popular after-dinner comedy routine (based around flying!), professional business speaking, Awards evening host, conference facilitator, and TV presenting. He is a regular guest on various national programmes including Five Live, BBC Radio 2, BBC News 24, and Sky News. His client list is impressive, and includes Accenture, Barclays Bank, BP, Sun MicroSystems, the FA, Chevron, Deutsche Bank, and the Kuwait National Government.

Important Student Funding Messages

Discretionary Fund

The College’s Discretionary Funds will be open for applications from Thursday 24th September 2015 with a closing date of Friday 9th October 2015.

Students can pick up an application form from the Student Funding office in the Springburn Campus or from the Advice & Guidance Office or reception in other campuses.

Please note that completed applications must be submitted along with copies of the supporting evidence asked for at the back of the form. Applications submitted without the required evidence will not be accepted.

Bursary Applications Closing Date

Please note that the closing Date for Bursary Applications from full time students on non-advanced courses is Friday 2nd October 2015.  Applications received after this date may not be accepted and cannot be backdated.

Please submit fully completed forms together with copies of supporting evidence as detailed in the Application Document Checklist.

Connections to India

Richard Everitt Examining student workBritish Council Director for Education & Society in New Delhi, Richard Everitt, took time out from a busy schedule to visit GKC’s Springburn Campus.

Richard was over in the UK for an important event and was keen to learn more about our UKIERI programme linking to fashion design and manufacture in Andhra Pradesh.  Alastair McGhee, Anne Wood and Alison Malcolm were delighted to introduce Richard and his colleague, Elizabeth Sheppard, to our Fashion students and to outline the achievements of the project so far.

The recent visit by staff to India has seen them return with a host of new ideas for design, print and applique and we were keen to share some of the students’ work with Richard.  He was very impressed and looks forward to supporting subsequent visits to India.

Black History Month

October is Black History Month and the first of our themed months this academic year.

This month is an opportunity to learn about events and people who have shaped our communities but whose stories are often forgotten or overlooked. For example, the first black footballer to play for Scotland was Andrew Watson in the 19th century, or that Glasgow flourished in part due to slavery.

Staff and learners can access events through the Black History Month website to the many events happening throughout Scotland in October, or better still, celebrate this month by holding events of your own. If you are, please let Patricia Currie know so that she can highlight them.

That’s everything for this week, so enjoy the rest of your weekend.  We’ll see you in class on Tuesday the 29th of September and then back here next Friday.

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