A Busy, Constructive Week

November already and looks like winter may be well on the way.

A lot has been happening at the college again this week and we have had a fair amount of updates and information on what the students have been up to, so we will begin.

Fashion Trade

HND fashion students from GKC and fashion students from Berufliche Schule Direktorat 5 in Nuremberg visited Trades House of Glasgow, on the 2nd of November, for a tour with Deacon Convener, Hamish C. Brodie.

The students thoroughly enjoyed seeing the Trade Hall and learning about the historical influence of The Trades House of Glasgow.  Afterwards the students and staff attended a Civic reception at The City Chambers, hosted by Councillor, Baillie Margot Clark, followed by a fabulous tour of the Chambers.  Thank you to everyone involved for a truly cultural day.

An Avid GKC Partnership

GKC Sound Production / TV Production staff last week were delighted to host a visit from Tim Mynett from Avid. Avid is the world’s largest audio/post-production company for recording/editing in the music and film industry.

Tim was pleased to announce Avid’s continued support for the college and students, and was happy for the college to go ahead with delivering their vendor certification in Media Composer (a first in Scotland), in addition to the highly successful Pro Tools certification already running in Sound Production.

The Avid certification gained by students on both the Sound Production / TV Production courses is a real boost to their chances of gaining employment when they seek employment in the industry.’

Playing Host to International Partners

ErasNurnberg1115The College was delighted this week to welcome groups from our European partners under the Erasmus + programme.

Five students and two teachers, Barbara Denker and Judith Baumann, from Modeschulen Nurnberg have been visiting our Fashion Design team as part of the Glasgow Experience.  Their trip has included visits to Edinburgh, the Hunterian, Glasgow University, Riverside Museum and a Civic Reception at the City Chambers and Trades House, where they met Hamish Brodie, Deacon of the Incorporation of Weavers.

A further Erasmus+ group have been visiting from St Geraud, Aurillac in France and, as part of their six week stay, have been spending time with the Creative & Digital Industries team, taking in Art, Fashion, Sound and Photography to name but a few.

Thanks go to all the staff who have been playing host and supporting our international friends during their time at GKC.

Party Organisers

Wednesday 28th October, saw our ESOL National 5 Stage 1 students at Springburn organising two Halloween parties for the rest of the ESOL students.

They worked together as a team and distributed posters and invites, decorated the room and ran the programme. A good time was had by all which included a quiz and “dookin” for apples. The event finished with everyone singing “Auld Lang Syne”.

Young Carers Charity Event

On Wednesday the 4th of November our NC Health and Social Care students (based at our East End Campus) were involved in an event to raise funds for the Young Carers charity.

The group were involved in a variety of activities, including Tombola, Raffles, Cake Stall, Guess the Teddy’s birthday, Tea and Coffee to go with the cakes.

They raised over £400 for East End Young Carers to support the work they do with children and teenagers who care for people in their family.  A great day was had by all.

More Achievers From Thenue’s ‘Learning Works’ Programme

THenueA further eight learners were presented with their certificates, on the 5th of November, for completing the Thenue Housing Association ‘Learning Works’ Programme.

This is the twelfth group to complete this ten-week programme which is supported by GKC and provides a range of personal development and employability skills to unemployed residents in the East of Glasgow.

The course is delivered out in the community on a part-time basis and has already met with real success in preparing learners for further study or, indeed, supporting them into work.

A key element of the programme is the extensive and ongoing support which they receive from the Project Co-ordinator, Tracy Lennon, and her colleagues at Thenue Housing Association.  Our thanks go to Thenue and Clyde Gateway as funders of the programme and we look forward to continuing this important and productive partnership which creates real opportunities out in our communities.

Once again, our talented GKC staff are to be congratulated for their efforts in supporting this partnership programme.

Civil Engineers At Work

Our Civil Engineering students have been hard at work this week, both in the material testing lab and surveying out in front of the college building.

The lab testing students are mixing concrete which they have designed themselves, which will be strength tested at a later date.

French Art Exchange Students

Collaborative Drawing project
Collaborative Drawing project

Juliette Favier and Emma Benoit from Lycée de la Communication St Géraud, AURILLAC are French exchange students who are working with our Art students on HN and Degree programmes.

They have been working on a Collaborative Drawing project with the students and have also been gaining experience in 3D CAD with the jewellery department with HN students and David Webster.

David Webster and Nadia Tahar
David Webster and Nadia Tahar

They will be travelling around Glasgow on the underground over the next few weeks on an Interesting photography project with HN students and Simon and will be taking part in Fashion design classes with HN students and Amy.

Electric Honey Event for Respected Malian Musician

Student-run record label, Electric Honey, has announced the release of a new album from Malian musician, Yacouba Sissoko, and our students have helped to organise a music workshop from Yacouba Sissoko in December. This will take place at GKC City Campus on 9th December at 2pm, followed by an evening gig at the Hidden Gallery, 1081 Argyle Street.

Students from a range of areas have been involved in this – TV/Film Production, Sound, Music Business/Events Management.

This is a great feather in the cap for our students and we’re looking forward to the workshop and performance. More information available from Ken McCluskey

Little Book Transfers

LBTsVisual Art Degree students were given a wonderful talk today from our previous graduates the Little Book Transfers. http://www.littlebooktransfers.com/

They discussed how they started their own business after graduation and offered some excellent advice on how to set up and build a career in art post-degree, working with clients such as Urban Outfitters, Oasis as well as the Gallery of Modern Art in Glasgow.

Fundraising for Transitions Community Project

Students on ‘Transitions to Learning and Work’ programme are organising two events, which will be held on Wednesday the 18th of November.

The first event is a Fifa16 Tournament to be held at our Easterhouse Campus.  Kick off will be at 12.30 pm.  Entry will be £2 for students and £3 for staff  and there will be a prize for 1st place.

Their second activity is a Bake Sale, in the Reception of the Easter house Campus, this will be available from 12.30 pm until 2.30 pm.

All the proceeds are going to Transitions Community Project, which is seeking to obtain funds to renovate a community garden around the college grounds for both students, staff and the wider community, so make sure you try and get along to one of the events and show your support.

Theatre Productions

These shows are recommended for over 14yrs, tickets are available by phoning the Platform box office on 0141 276 9696.

Why not make a night of it and enjoy a refreshment at the licenced Bridge Café?

Get your tickets NOW only £8 and £5, or £3 with a GKC student ID.

I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change

I love you youre perfectThis is a comedy musical about the ups and downs of romantic relationships performed by the College’s final year HND Musical Theatre students.  Giving us an excellent opportunity to see our fabulous students perform in an equally fabulous venue.

Show dates are:

  • Tuesday 10 November 2015 – 7pm
  • Friday 13 November 2015  2.30pm
  • Friday 13 November 2015 – 7pm

Twelfth Night

Twelfth NightThis is a comedy by William Shakespeare.  A tale of a ‘Love Triangle’ with a difference and some hilarious cross-dressing thrown in for good measure.

Show dates are:

  • Thursday 19 November 2015 – 1.30 pm and 7.00 pm
  • Friday 20 November 2015 – 1.30 pm and 7.00 pm

Well that’s us finished for this week, but remember if you want to include an article or even a short paragraph with a picture, send it to tborland@glasgowkelvin.ac.uk and it will be put in the next available update.

See you all again next week.

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