Ambassadors, Winners and Crafters!

Another week has passed and we have another full update for you as the staff and students at GKC seem to be busy all the time, which is great for us as we always have plenty to tell you about.


Digital Ambassadors Needed!

student ambassadorsTom McInnes (Learning Technologist) is seeking student volunteers to become involved in Glasgow Kelvin College’s digital ambassador project. The aim of the project is to assist our students in the use of Microsoft Office 365 and Skype for Business as a tool kit to enhance their learning experience.

Tom says:

The ICT department deployed this technology throughout the college environment and staff have received introduction sessions on the key features of the software. It is now time to introduce it properly to our students and we see no reason why they can’t be involved in helping to shape the way we use this technology to enhance learning and teaching.


This project is a great way for students to gain the same understanding of a modern cloud based technology and demonstrate to potential employers and universities alike, their understanding of the technology, it also demonstrates their willingness and ability to work effectively as part of a team for the benefit of their colleagues.

Want to know more?  Speak to your student reps and email:


Community Achievement Awards

0119 members of the Calton Athletic Recovery Group recently completed their Glasgow Kelvin College Community Achievement Awards some at level 4, others at level 5 and several at level 6!! They have worked so hard this year training for various events including 2 half marathons, a full marathon and a Tough Mudder competition. All of this, on top of their football training, gym sessions and their regular weekly recovery meetings.

The training and events were all undertaken as a way to increasing the profile of the group and to raise enough funds to pay for their epic challenge of climbing Mount Everest in 2016!!   I’m sure you’ll join me in congratulating them on their achievements so far and wishing them loads of luck for their trip next year. Well done to all involved.


North East Glasgow Adult Learners’ Forum – “Celebration of Adult Learning” Event

CAL info (2)The North East Glasgow Adult Learners’ Forum organised a “Celebration of Adult Learning Event” to mark Scotland’s Adult Learning Week, which this year ran from 21st until the 27th of November.

The North East Glasgow Learners’ Forum have been meeting at Glasgow Kelvin College since January 2015 and are a group that represent a number of organisations that provide community-based adult learning in the north east of Glasgow.

Consulting adult learners on their learning experiences meant that feedback could be passed on to the organisations providing adult learning and this information has been incorporated into the adult learning strand of Glasgow’s Community Learning and Development Plan.

Community Craft Group were established after meeting at an Adult Learners’ Forum meeting and after realising they had a shared interest in arts and crafts set up a new group in the East End of Glasgow. At the event the group demonstrated card and jewellery making.
Community Craft Group were established after meeting at an Adult Learners’ Forum meeting and after realising they had a shared interest in arts and crafts set up a new group in the East End of Glasgow.

The group are supported by Shaun Pearce from Glasgow Life, Marlyn Barr, Sarah Barnes and Sam Williams from Glasgow Kelvin College and in July, Shaun asked learners if they would like to do something to mark Scotland’s Adult Learning Week.  Shaun had thought this might be something marked within each learner’s individual organisation, but instead the learners came up with the idea of a “Celebration of Adult Learning” event, where organisations and groups providing adult learning in the north east could come together, provide taster sessions of adult learning and inform people about what they offer. Forum members took various roles at the event, making sure everyone was welcomed into the event, looked after and most importantly had a voucher for a hot roll and a cuppa!  One Forum member, Swati Banerjee produced a video which she’d recorded with a Glasgow Life community-based ESOL group that she had been participating in at Dennistoun Library which was available for people to view at the event.

All Write Writers’ Group from Easterhouse led a session reading a play written by Ruby, one of the members of the All Write group.
All Write Writers’ Group from Easterhouse led a session reading a play written by Ruby.

The event was held at Bridgeton Community Learning Campus and the organisations and groups in attendance were; All Write, All Together Glasgow, Axis Health Hubs, British Red Cross, Community Craft Group, Cranhill Development Trust, Glasgow Disability Alliance, Glasgow Life, Glasgow Kelvin College, Glasgow Women’s Library, Learning Works, Move On, North East Recovery Communities, Rosemount Lifelong Learning, Skills Development Scotland and Volunteer Glasgow.

Shaun Pearce, Cultural Services Officer from Glasgow Life giving information on Glasgow Life’s community based adult learning opportunities to adult learners.
Shaun Pearce, Cultural Services Officer from Glasgow Life giving information on Glasgow Life’s community based adult learning opportunities to adult learners.

Very positive feedback was received from the event, and comments were gathered from an “Evaluation Tree” which included; “Fab day meeting everyone, awesome!”, “Great event, gathered lots of information” ,“Great event, good to see everything going on around the north east” ,“Great event for networking and finding out more about what’s available for adult learners in the community, especially as a new person to the area”, “Excellent morning, very informative”, “It was great, I loved it”.

The North East Glasgow Adult Learners’ Forum are already thinking about what they are going to do for next year’s Scotland’s Adult Learning week after the success of this event.


Making ‘Auld Acquaintances’

The College’s ESOL team and student association team have launched their record breaking attempt to have as many people as possible sing Auld Lang Syne in as many different languages as possible!!  The recruitment drive is underway, launching with a rousing, bagpipe-supported rendition at the Springburn Campus earlier this week.

The record breaking attempt itself will be on Burns’ Day on 25th January 2016, so if you can lend your voice and language skills then they want to hear from you.  Contact any of the team members including George Gillen, Val Robertson, Andrew Aitken, Jordon Frearson, Candy Rankin, Zeyad Rashad, Vanessa Moran or Arlen Sweeney.


Our Winning Ways

We are proud to say that, once again, our young Building Services Engineering students have beaten almost all comers at the Scottish Building Services Engineering Apprenticeship Awards, which were this year held at the Walled Garden, Penicuik.

Ten of our students walked away with awards with the first prize in all four categories being swept up by our talented engineers.

This is a real tribute to the excellent working relationship which our BSE staff have with partner employers and with their students, helping them to learn and flourish to be the best they can be.

Congratulations to everyone involved!


Market Makers

Stay Focused LogoOver the past few weeks you have heard a lot about the Market Maker competition.

Well next week Glasgow Kelvin College finalists will have the opportunity to pitch their idea to the panel at Hewlett Packard in Bristol

The students will be accompanied by their mentor, Anne Gillies and will present their idea for a car safety device that will help prevent individuals from falling asleep at the steering wheel.

Our team will be the only Scottish team at the event so please get behind them and follow their progress over the next few days in the run up to on Competition Day, 9th of December 2015 – keep track of Stay Focused by following them on Twitter @stayfocusedmm

Stay Focused2Meet the team

  • Paulius Zarauskas –  CEO
  • Christopher Watt –   Engineering & Finance Director
  • Ciaran Mcclymont – Marketing Director
  • Matteusz Mroczek – Research & Development Director

Please give the team your full support and we will keep you informed of their progress….and just like their name we hope they will stay focused on the day.


Beauty Students Attend Community Event

Tracy Hunter attended an event on the 2nd of December, on behalf of Glasgow Kelvin College, with the Level 6 Beauty students from our Easterhouse Campus, who provided mini manicures and make-up to the women who attended the event.

The event was hosted by the Prevention and Education Communities Team, Glasgow Council on Alcohol who arranged the event as part of 16 Days of Action (end Nov-early Dec) within the Fare building, Bannatyne House, 31 Drumlanrig Avenue, Easterhouse,  Glasgow,  G34 0JF .

The event was well attended and the student had a great time carrying out treatment and getting involved in some of the activities.


Christmas Craft Fair

christmas craft fairNext week will see Glasgow Kelvin College hold their Christmas Fair.  This event, running from the 7th until the 11th of December, will be in different campuses on different days and will support various charities, including Rainbow Valley.

The fair will see a variety of craft products on offer including jewellery, cards and wreaths – amongst others.

See the attached schedule for dates and campuses.


Nil By Mouth and Pitch Perfect

On Thursday the 2nd of December Emma Alexander from Nil by Mouth came on a visit to our Springburn Campus to meet with staff who may be interested in entering groups of students into NBMs Pitch Perfect Competition.

Please find details of the completion below – if you would like to take part then please contact Rose Fairley for more information.

Who are Nil by Mouth?

Nil by Mouth is Scotland’s leading anti-sectarian organisation and was set up by Glasgow teenager Cara Henderson in response to the brutal sectarian murder of her friend Mark Scott in 1996. Since then we have campaigned against sectarianism in all its forms.

We have successfully campaigned for changes in the law, campaigned extensively in the media and delivered workshops to tens of thousands of people right across Scotland.

What is ‘Pitch Perfect’?

Your task is to design the ideal campaign which Nil by Mouth can use to raise awareness of sectarianism.

The ‘Dragons’ will judge your concept and the tools you use to capture your target audiences attention.

Will your campaign use; posters, an app, radio or promotional merchandise?

The number of mobile users is ever-increasing and apps are useful promotion tools. Today everything including commerce, trading and payment is handled on mobiles. Could you develop a mobile app which Nil by Mouth could use to further promote our message?

Alternatively you could choose to design a film or a poster campaign. The success of your leaflet, poster or newsletter will depend largely on its design and how attractive it is to ensure that it stands out from the crowd. Your film must leave a lasting impression!

Think about and decide where the campaign – product/app/film will be used and who your target audience will be. Will it be used at freshers’ stalls or in schools? Could it be used as part of our educational programme? Will it be targeted at specific groups in society?

The promotional merchandise market is extensive and covers all manner of items from clothing, pens, clocks to conference folders. Would the use of merchandise help your campaign reach its target audience?


That is us finished for another week, we will have another couple of updates before Christmas so make sure you remember to send us news of your events and activities.

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