Graduates and Awards Galore!

The end of another month and week and what a week it has been!!  There has been so much going on between Bake Sales and student trips, not to mention one of the main events in out calendar – The Graduation!

Lots to tell, LOADS of pictures, so let’s make a start.


Graduation 2015

Wednesday the 28th of October saw Glasgow Kelvin College’s Graduation Ceremony being held in the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall.

The evening kicked off at 7 pm with the choir and photographs of the graduates showing on the screen, then the Academic Procession began accompanied by pipers.  Once in place, Alan Sherry, Principal, gave his opening speech and started the formal graduation.

One by one our smart, excited students accepted their awards to the sound of applause, finalising their time of study with us and recognising their achievements.

Iain MacRitchie gave a great key-note speech and the SQA Award Winner was announced.  Finally, Audrey Miller gave the Vote of Thanks to close the ceremony and the choir gave another rousing rendition.

Well done to everyone involved in the ceremony and congratulations to all our Graduates of 2015.

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Engineering Site Visits

Last week GKC Civil Engineering students took part in a series of site visits organized by the lecturing team. The visit was to the former Cathkin Landfill Site on the south-east of Glasgow, where a multi-million pound series of construction works carried out by our hosts – WH Malcolm Ltd – and other contractors, will eventually lead this site to be transformed over time to a nature reserve.

Part of the project cost will include special measures to maintain landfill gases, with the landscaping including planting, fencing, remediation and restoration of water retention lagoons.  Energy will also be generated from the gases produced by decaying landfill.

The visits were most informative and will prove very useful to our students during their studies. Tackling issues such as land-fill pollution, flood prevention and traffic are very much the problems Civil Engineers have to tackle in the modern world, so the Civil Engineering team would like to thank WH Malcom Ltd for organizing a number of site visits over the last week.


Congratulations to ….

Grant Parfery

The HND 2 students are studying Fashion Photography and Photojournalism. Lecturers have encouraged them to aim to get published, with work shot directly as a result of the unit briefs. As a result of this, this morning Grant Parfery had his editorial fashion spread publish over two pages in the Daily Record. Well done to Grant!

To see the photographs visit the Daily Record site.


See, Think, Make Students

Photo courtesy of Stillmotion.
Photo courtesy of Stillmotion.

Fourteen of Glasgow Kelvin College’s young students have received Bronze and Silver Arts Awards for creative work they’ve undertaken with social enterprise organisation See Think Make.  They were delighted to receive their awards, in front of family and friends, at a gala night at St Andrew’s in the Square last week where they had the opportunity to showcase their work, from fashion designs to music performance.

The students who received awards were; Amy Beckett, Darren Jessamine, Declan O’Connor, Rachael Haldane, Andrew Middleton and George Whitton from the Transitions to Learning programme.  In addition, Jerome Katende Kasusula (now studying NC Fashion: Design and Manufacture at Glasgow Kelvin College) and Caitlin White from the Youth Access programme received awards.  Several more students were unable to attend the ceremony.

Our own Sophie Rogers, youth worker, also became the first person in Scotland to achieve a Gold Arts Award!  We are delighted to have supported the students and Sophie in this and are keen to develop further our partnership with See Think Make to benefit learners.  Congratulations go to all involved

For the full story, visit our website News Story.



BA Visual Art students were at Projectability on Thursday the 29th of October for a tour and to set up this year’s work placements.

A big thank you to Tracy Gorman for all her help and support and an inspiring talk. We also have plans to develop a collaborative project involving GKC students and artists from Projectability with a possible international exhibition. More to follow as this develops.


Bake Sales

Duke of Edinburgh Group

On Tuesday the 27th of October the Duke of Edinburgh group are held a Halloween bake sale to raise funds to regenerate the college gardens for the additional support needs learners at our college.

They raised over £200 with their sweet treats.  Well done to everyone involved!


Fashion Department

Fashion Bake SaleThe Fashion Department also had a Halloween bake sale this week (on the 28th of October). They had amazing themed cakes and cool goody bags for sale, with all proceeds to Rainbow valley.

They raised £450 for their chosen charity with their scary delights.


That seems to be everything for this week, but remember you can contribute to this blog at any time by emailing

Hope to see you all back here soon!!

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