October already, the weeks are just flying in and everyone seems to be getting into the swing of things at college. The events and activities have all started up again, so we have plenty of news to pass on to you this week.
Abseiling for Charity
Sunday the 27th of September saw both staff and students participate in a charity abseil at our City Campus.
On the day around 50 people took part and pledged a fantastic £5,291 in sponsorship towards A&M Scotland. All of the money raised at the event will help support children and young people from Scotland’s most deprived areas to improve their life chances.
Currently A&M Scotland are operating in 29 of the most deprived areas in Glasgow and engaging with around 1500 young people every week who access our sports and activities completely free of charge. While children from age 5 to 18 access the diversionary sports programmes those aged 16 – 24 also benefit from the Volunteer Programme which allows them to access training and volunteering opportunities to help build both their CV and self-esteem.
Arlene Sweeney, Learner Engagement Officer, took part on the day, here’s what she had to say about the experience.
It was an amazing experience, starting with the views from the rooftop. The scariest part was leaning back on the edge and taking those first few steps down. I managed to raise over £250 and just want to thank all of my friends and colleagues who generously sponsored me.
I have now signed up to abseil from the Finnieston Crane next year which is 175ft.
Well done Arlene!
Congratulations to ….
Megan MacRitchie of St Andrews and St Brides High School East Kilbride, who was awarded a Certificate of Excellence for her art talent and her achievement as winner of our 2015 School design competition.
We wish Megan every success and watch out for her name in the future as a budding young Scottish designer.
Each year our HND students at Glasgow Kelvin College, get together to discuss which charity to support. They then fundraise with the entire fashion department through the year, ending on our final fashion show where we hand over the ‘big cheque’ to the chosen charity.
This time they have picked the Rainbow Valley Charity. Their mission is to provide those living with Cancer a better life, giving more information about the condition. They offer holistic therapies of old and new, which in turn complement hospital treatments. The service they aim to provide is not only for the patients themselves but to support family and friends along with their loved ones, through making decisions on their health and its effects. The charity was the vision of Johanna MacVicar, who was diagnosed with Leukaemia at the age of 16. Sadly, Johanna lost her battle at the age of 27 and it has been her family and friends who have rallied together to create a charity using Johanna’s vision.
Lindsay McCallum from Rainbow Valley visited the department on the 30th of September and met up with our 2nd year students.
Elaine Carswell, Fashion Lecturer, is involved in the Indian project with our HN Year 1 students.
On Thursday the 24th of September they had a visit to the Paisley Museum to see the weaving equipment and the Paisley Pattern archive. Dan Coughlan, the curator of textiles at the museum gave a fantastic presentation on the history of the textiles and the Paisley Pattern shawl.
This was really beneficial to the students for their textiles and design unit, but hugely inspiring for their Indian exchange programme.
The Next Step
Important UCAS information regarding procedures and forthcoming events was sent to all students on Wednesday 17th September. If you are planning to go on to the next level of your subject choice or want to go to University, then please make sure you take part in UCAS activities arranged within the college over the next few months as this will help with your application.
Take a look at the UCAS section on the staff and student intranet ‘Advice & Guidance’ page, for copies of the information, or call into one of the Advice Offices.
There will be lunchtime University UCAS Talks from 12.15 pm to 1 pm on the following dates
- Wednesday 21st October – Springburn Campus Lecture Theatre – UWS
- Monday 26th October – Easterhouse Lecture Theatre – Glasgow Caledonian University
- Thursday 29th October – Springburn Campus Lecture Theatre – University of Strathclyde
Higher Education Day
The college will be holding an HE day on Thursday the 8th October in the main reception area on the ground floor at the Springburn campus.
This will give students the opportunity to come along and meet admissions staff from a number of universities to find out more about the courses they have to offer and answer any questions.
Handmade Bird Cakes
The sale will take place at The Bridge (Library) on Wednesday the 7th of October from 10.30 am until 12.30 pm. This event is to raise funds for the RSPB.
Join in the Night Life
A variety of Evening Classes are now open for application at Glasgow Kelvin College, most of them are based within our Creative Industries Faculty and cover subjects such as Photography, Jewellery Making and Corsetry. The majority of courses can be part funded with an ILA.
If you would like more information, then please visit our Evening Classes page.
Well we have just about covered everything for this week, but make sure you join us again next Friday for more great updates and news.