Welcome back to our Blog! We hope you had a relaxing break over the October week and that you are now back into the full swing of things at college. We have a few updates for you this week and quite a few pictures, so let’s make a start.
HN2 Fashion Students Trip to London
The second year fashion students returned to college on Monday the 19th of October with fabrics and trimmings bought on their recent trip to London.
This experience has inspired them to push on their design and pattern work to enable them to move on to cutting out in fabric.
The group visited famous fabric buying streets used by designers and fashion students in London, giving them a huge variety of choice. On the cultural side they enjoyed a trip to the Theatre and the V and A museum.
Turner Prize Exhibition
Our Art & Design students took full advantage of the Turner Prize Exhibition group offer to visit the contenders on show at the Tramway in the South Side – they were very impressed with the pieces and the context provided.
They’re pictured here in the Nicole Wermer room with ‘Untitled Chair’; sculptures featuring vintage women’s furs sewn around adapted versions of Marcel Breuer’s design classic, Cesca Chair.
If you have a group interested in sharing the experience, the form is available from your Head of Faculty or Operational Manager.
The Market Maker competition started in earnest on Tuesday 20th of October with the teams taking part in workshops to help with the various stages.
The seven teams who attended Tuesday’s workshop were asked to form a business based on a commercially viable and if possible innovative business idea. Once their team was set up and leadership elected, students need to develop their business concept and support it with a business plan.
They will take part in an internal presentation to a Dragon’s Den style panel and the winning team will go to the Hewlett-Packard HQ in Bristol on the 9th of December 2015 where they will take part in a trade fair and presentations to a panel of expert judges.
We wish them well.
The pictures below show the participating teams taking art in the workshop.
Around 250 former students have registered to graduate and they will obviously be keen to see and thank the Kelvin staff who helped them achieve their qualification.
This year’s guest speaker will be business guru Iain MacRitchie. Iain has advised over 100 companies and completed 15 Chairman appointments with an average 6-fold increase in company profits. He has also founded and led 3 new business start-ups. His address to the graduates will no doubt inspire, encourage and motivate our learners as they move on to the next stage of their learning journey.
If you need more information on the Graduation Ceremony, please visit the Graduation page on our website.
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Launch of Glasgow Regional STEM Strategy
Over the last year, the College has been working with the New Engineering Foundation (NEF) towards gaining STEM Assured status. Glasgow Kelvin College, Glasgow Clyde College and City of Glasgow College have now all secured that status.
The three Glasgow Colleges launched their Glasgow Regional STEM strategy at a packed Royal Concert Hall on the 21st of October, where we outlined our commitment to developing a strong STEM talent pipeline for learners of all ages, backgrounds and abilities.
Minister for Youth and Women’s Employment, Annabell Ewing MSP, provided a keynote speech and Martin Fairbairn of the Glasgow Regional Board welcomed the initiative. Professor Sa’ad Medhat of NEF welcomed the initiative as the very first joint STEM strategy in the UK further education sector.
This has been a huge team effort on the part of the college. Congratulations to all staff and students who have participated in this work.
The Seed of its Opposite
The exhibition, entitled “The Seed of it’s Opposite”, Contemporary British Abstract Painting, shows works from a group of artists. One of the group Jai, is here this week, working with students and our technician Stevie to hang the show.
There is a lot of interest being shown in the exhibition, so if you have the time try and get along to the gallery.
Well, that’s everything for now, but make sure you come back next week for an update on the Graduation Ceremony.