Developing Skills, Art and Life!

Torrential rain, a bit of a gale, not much sun, but we have still managed to get things done and have stayed busy all week, with students getting involved in various activities and events.  From fundraising and art exhibitions to competitions and skill demonstrations, it’s been all go.


Bridge 2 Business Student Champion

Bridge 2 Business announced Jenna Stewart as the 2015/2016 Bridge 2 Business Student Champion for Glasgow Kelvin College.

Andrew Tomkins, Programme Executive for Glasgow, advised the Senior Management Team at Young Enterprise Scotland of Jenna’s outstanding Entrepreneurial attitude and spirit, and they were delighted to invite Jenna to attend The Herald Fashion Awards on Sunday, in recognition of her Enterprising achievements.

Jenna was the stand out student during an end of year Fashion Business pitching event at Glasgow Kelvin College. Jenna’s passion and enthusiasm for her designs and business came across in abundance. After the event and she accessed their grant to support the next stages of the business. Rather than continue in Education, Jenna has now started her Entrepreneurial journey with the support of Glasgow Kelvin College by her side Bridge 2 Business think she can become a real success and fulfil her potential.



St Mungos awardsA group of fifth year students at Saint Mungo’s Academy recently completed a course in Mindfulness for Young Adults, facilitated by George Gillen. During the course the students experienced amongst other things mindful movement, breathing and eating. The feedback was very positive with comments ranging from “It has helped me calm myself in situations that I would usually not stay calm in” and “I now use the breathing skills to calm down when I’m stressed.

There are still a few places left on the course for staff “Bringing Mindfulness into My Life” which starts on Wednesday in Springburn for eight weeks from 5-6. George can be contacted at


Community Fundraising

Transitions1On Wednesday the 18th of November, learners from our Transitions to Learning and Work Group were fundraising for their community project, to make improvements to the garden area outside of the Bridge Library.  This is working towards level 5 Community Achievement Awards.

Transitions2Half the group organised and ran a bake sale in the Bridge Library, with the other half of the group organising a FIFA football tournament on Playstation.

The total raised was £70 and it was also supported by the Students’ Association. (Jordan Frearson).  Well done to all involved.


Christmas Craft Fair

xmas tree (2)This year’s Christmas Craft Fair will be running during the week beginning 7 December 2015.  We can offer stalls in all of our campuses – a great opportunity for you to get involved.

We would like to ask staff and students if they are interested in participating in the event by holding a stall during the week.

Individuals can sell their own craft items such as handmade chocolates, cards, knitting …..and make a donation of £10 per day to charity.

Groups can get involved and raise funds for a charity of their choice or make a donation of £10 per day for example students selling soap to raise funds for charity or photography students setting up a photo booth, art students drawing caricatures or beauty students taking bookings for facials.

We really want everyone to get involved so please contact Rose Fairley on by Wednesday 25 November 2015 and ask for a booking form.


Introducing Jack


My name is Jack and I am the Glasgow Kelvin College SIE (Scottish Institute for Enterprising), Intern for this year. We are a charity organization, funded by the Scottish Government, to help in courage enterprising sprit in students and therefore drive Scotland economic prosperity. We do this by running both activity in and outside the college. These range from movie nights to competitions, with real prize money.

Currently running is our “Fresh Ideas” competitions, which has a monthly prize of £500.

To enter simply go to our website with our idea and register!

We are also on Facebook, Twitter and have our own website.

  • For Facebook go to:  SIE Glasgow Kelvin College
  • For Twitter go to: @SIE_KELVCOL
  • And for all the best information go to our website at:

In addition come up and speak to me at on of our stall. Hope to speak to you all soon.


A Fantastic Opening Night

RuaridhVenom (709x1024)Wednesday the 18th of November saw the Opening Night of the ID-EE-UH-M exhibition at our West End Campus.  Some very impressive work from our HN and Degree level students who have transformed the interior of the campus to exhibit their thought-provoking works.

The attached is a work by Ruaridh Mackenzie entitled ‘Media Puppets??’ which focuses on the power of the media.  Ruaridh himself dressed as ‘Venom’.   Just one of the very many exciting talents under the spotlight – get along to West Campus for a look.


Market Maker

We have now entered week 11 of ‘The Market Maker Experience 2015’ with the internal judging taking place this week during Global Entrepreneurship week. All of the teams are working towards their presentation and finalising their business plan. The mentors are encouraging and guiding their teams.

On Friday 20 November 2015 our GKC student teams will have the opportunity to present to a ‘Dragon Den’s’ style panel giving a 10 minute pitch and 10 minutes for questions. Mark Hill from Market Maker will be in our Springburn Campus on the 20th to interview the students and get live feedback on who has qualified for GKC and will take part in the final on the 9 December 2015 at Hewlett Packard in Bristol.


Skills Development Scotland

It was an exciting week for the College as we took part in the Skills Development Scotland event which ran over two days – Wednesday the 18th and Thursday the 19th of November.

With the support of teaching staff and students over 100 schools attended the event and had the opportunity to find out first-hand what college life is like, they could also have a go at several activities including jewellery making, first aid, smoothie taste test, health quiz and real life fashion mannequins on the stand.

We also sponsored the stage and had several different bands playing, including an Abba tribute band, and back by popular demand our dance students who put on a display of jazz and commercial dance

It was a fantastic couple of days.  See the slideshow below for a few more of the pictures taken over the two days.

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That’s us for now, but stay warm over the weekend and we will see you all back next week.

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