Inspire, Collect and Create!

Back again, this week has passed so quickly, but we still had plenty going on in the college and we have news of upcoming events that you don’t want to miss.


Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) Competition

Building Engineering servicesOver the past two weeks Service and Maintenance of Building Engineering Services students, Heating and Ventilating Installation students and Refrigeration & Air Conditioning students from Glasgow Kelvin College, have been competing for national Apprentice of the Year awards.

The high standards previously set by GKC students in past years was maintained once again with them taking 1st place in all categories. The prestigious awards ceremony will be attended by the successful students at the Walled Garden in Penicuik in Edinburgh at the end of November, where sponsored employer’s trophies and prizes will be presented.

Tributes from attending employers and managing agents, regarding the professionalism and approach by GKC students undertaking the competition were both forthcoming and appreciated, by both students and staff organising and overseeing each of the three competition categories.

The photograph is of the Service and Maintenance students with one of their lecturers, George Blacker, just as they were ready to start the practical element of their part of the competition.


Rag Bag Collection

rag bagOn Monday the 16th of November we will be collecting your unwanted rags to raise funds for our chosen charity this year, Rainbow Valley.

We accept clothing and accessories of any quality – good quality items will be distributed to markets in East Africa and other developing nations whilst older items will be recycled into industrial wipes.

The department will receive 40p for every kilo collected so ask your friends, family and neighbours too. Just bring your bags and deposit them in the large recycle bins outside the Fashion department for collection next week.

Have peace of mind that your old clothes will be used again in developing nations (over 70% of the World’s population use second-hand clothes) and not contribute to landfill (textiles make up 12% of landfill sites)

What you can put in the RAG-BAG bags

  • clothes, hats and shoes (tied in pairs)
  • handbags, belts and wallets


Inspiring Talk from a Former Student

Travel and TourismWednesday the 11th of November saw Mr Fuad Alakbarov speaking to NQ, HND 1st year and HND 2nd year Travel and Tourism learners about his route to success.

This talk covered him being a former student studying with us on the NQ and HND programmes prior to studying BA (Hons) at Caledonian University.

He then explained that following his studies he has secured his dream job of travelling overseas as a political advisor human rights activist.


Global Entrepreneurship Week

Next week is Global Entrepreneurship Week.  Every day we will either promote an event, competition or activity for staff and students to get involved.

So watch out for what is happening the college or with one of our partners.

Why not get yourself in the mood and check out the following Guardian article  Bright Ideas  – you will find out how  Aleksandr the meerkat came about.


ID-EE-UH-M – Art Exhibition

Id-ee-uh-m-A3The ID-EE-UH-M exhibit is an exhibition of work by HND year 1 and 2 Art & Design students plus open studios by 4th Year Visual Art Degree students.

The exhibition runs from Monday the 16th to Friday the 20th of November at West Campus.

Opening night is Wednesday the 18th from 6.00 to 8.00 pm.  Please go along and support the students and see their fantastic pieces of work.


Wallacewell Events

Wallacewell is holding two events over the next couple of week.

Food and a Film and a Chat

Food and a film and chatOn Saturday the 14th of November from 9.30 am to 16.30 pm, there will be a climate challenge workshop on how our behaviour impacts our environment and how small changes in our behaviour can make a difference.  This is a brilliant opportunity to share insight and experience, share some food, watch a film and come together as a group.  To sign up for the workshop email Jacqueline.


Soup Off

Soup OffBritain has had the ‘Bake Off’ now Balornock and Barmulloch have our very own ‘Soup Off’!  So on Thursday the 26th of November 2015, from 7.00 to 9.00 pm, come along for some homemade soup and bread with music from Beatroute Arts.  If you have any questions please contact Jacqueline.


Skills Development Scotland

Skills Scotland (2)Once again Glasgow Kelvin College will be pulling out all the stops at the Skills Development Scotland event which runs over two days next week – Wednesday 18 and Thursday 19 November 2015.  With the support of teaching staff and students over 100 schools attending the event will have the opportunity to find out first-hand what college life is like, they can also have- a- go at several activities including jewellery making, first aid, smoothie taste test, health quiz, schools fashion design competition and real life fashion mannequins on the stand.

We are sponsoring the stage and will have several different bands playing, including an Abba tribute band, and back by popular demand our dance students will put on a display of jazz and commercial dance.


Get Up, Stand Up, Stand Up For Your Rights

Your RightsFeel free to pop in and learn about Human Rights from the 1st to the 11th of December in Springburn Library & Flexible Learning centre.

“Human Rights Day” is celebrated across the world every year on the 10th December. It commemorates the day in 1948 when the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This was the result of the experience of the 2nd World War and its atrocities, and was meant to bring to the attention “of the peoples of the world” the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as the common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations. It is also a reminder of Human Rights Violations which still happen every day, everywhere.

Come and have a browse and read Human Rights Violations victims’ testimonies, learn about the 50 Human Rights Cases that transformed Britain and much more. Most importantly, have a go at our Quiz on Human Rights if you dare!


Christmas Card Competition

xmas card compLastly for this week, we have announced our Christmas Card competition!!!  This is a great opportunity for you to demonstrate your artistic skills by designing an image that we can use on our college card.

The image, which should contain a Seasonal message, should be in jpeg or gif format and can be animated if you want (but shouldn’t use Flash) and measure 800 x 800 pixels.

Your designs should be emailed to Hilary Ramsay.  The winning prize is £50 in gift vouchers, plus your image will be emailed out to everyone.

This is open to all students enrolled at GKC and closes to entries on the 6th of December.  Good luck to everyone that enters!


That is all our news for this week, if you would like to contribute to next week’s update then please email Tracey.  Also keep an eye on our GKC Daily Life Facebook Album, to see snapshots of what’s happening on a day to day basis.

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