Starting The Year, As We Mean To Go On!

Happy New Year to all our Blog readers, hope you had a fantastic break and you have returned to the college fully refreshed and raring to go.

We have a few updates and stories for you this week, so let’s get started.


A Universal Language

Simon MurphyOne of our lecturers, Simon Murphy, made press headlines this week after taking 150 football tops to Ethiopia, where he distributed them.  Here Simon tells us what he did and why.

I was out in Ethiopia covering stories for the charity SCIAF as part of their upcoming Easter campaign.  My journey coincided with the Great Ethiopian run so I decided to enter it with the journalists that I was with.


When training, people were asking me if I was asking for sponsorship for the race and If they could contribute?  I hate asking for money so came up with the idea of people giving me an old football top that I could take over and give to people that I met.  Football is a universal language, no matter where you go in the world, it is usually possible to connect over football.


I put out a Facebook request and within the period of just over a week, I had 150 tops.  I distributed the tops in various places around Ethiopia including a woman’s prison where the children of the prisoners actually live in the jail.  The kids loved the tops.


The work that SCIAF undertake is life changing, this was a very small gesture unconnected with their important work but it was so nice to see the smiles on the children’s faces.

Congratulations to Simon and if you would like to read more of what he did, check out the newspaper article.


Exchange Visit to India Prompts ‘Media Scrum’!

The second student exchange visit, funded under UKIERI, to Government Polytechnic for Women in Guntur, Andhra Pradesh has prompted huge interest from the national and local Indian media.  A 300-strong welcoming committee and ranks of journos and photographers greeted the party of 10 students and staff when they arrived in Guntur, followed by a round of TV and press interviews.

In between all of this, the students have been relishing their experience where they’ve shared talent and skills with their fellow students in textile design, with one saying she found the experience ‘very humbling’.  This will culminate in an exchange visit from India to Glasgow at the end of the month, reaching a climax with the spectacular Fashion Show in Paisley Abbey being hosted by Renfrewshire Council.

More information to follow so watch this space!!  In the meantime, see the articles:

  1. The Hindu – Design Training Brings Students Together
  2. The Hans India – UK Team Attends Workshop on Fashion Designing


Free Doctor Bike Sessions

DR BikeDust off your bike and bring it along to The Bike Station’s Uni-Cycle team who will be providing free servicing on Monday 11th January from 11am – 2pm  at Springburn Campus

Seriously!!  You can have your bike checked and any repairs made by the guys at the Glasgow Bike Station for FREE.

What do you have to do?

All you have to do is bring your bike along to the Springburn Campus and leave it in the capable hands of the Mobile ‘Dr Bike’ bicycle servicing team from The Glasgow Bike Station.

They will inspect your bike and make repairs if necessary and then give you a call on your mobile when it is ready to be picked up.

Be safe on the roads – Take this opportunity to ensure that your bike is fit for the road

The Doctor Bike services provided are 100% FREE and are part of the Uni-Cycle Project which has kindly been offered to GKC by Glasgow Bike Station.


Wear Pink Day

Wear PinkNC Child, Health & Social Care LV5 students will be raising funds for Cancer Research on the 13th of January 2016.  This is part of their ‘Working With Others’ class.

They will be collecting donations in the East End Campus between 10 am and 12 pm.


New Year, New You

Are you wanting to kick start a healthier you, however you are unsure how to do it?  Our 1st year Health, Fitness and Exercise students wish to help you!

We require 19 volunteers to participate in an 8 week fitness programme starting on Monday 18th January 2016.

Our aim is to enhance your overall wellbeing, whilst you are in a safe, controlled environment.  These sessions will be held in the Petershill Sports Centre’s fitness suite each Monday, this invitation to open to everyone; staff, students, and friends of Glasgow Kelvin College.

There are 3 times available:

  • 9am – 10am (6 participants required)
  • 10am – 11am (7 participants required)
  • 11am – 12pm (6 participants required)

The following criteria would be ideally adhered to:

  1. If you are unfamiliar with exercise, please check with your GP prior to the first session.
  2. Commit to the full 8 weeks – this is essential where possible.
  3. Please check with your CM prior to committing to this programme.
  4. Attend 15 minutes prior to the session, wear appropriate fitness attire, and bring water.

In return we will:

  1. Conduct an individual interview with each client
  2. Identify your fitness goals; your likes and dislikes
  3. Complete fitness tests relating to your fitness goals on the first session
  4. We will comply with the Data Protection Act
  5. You will receive a personalised 6 week fitness programme
  6. Provide a weekly personal training on a one-to-one basis
  7. The final week will be fitness testing to monitor your improvements

These sessions will aid our students to complete their Level 2 gym instructors course.  We are looking for people of all age ranges, all fitness abilities (novice to advanced).

If you are interested in this, please contact Carol Goodwin on


Fun, Friendly and Inspiring Choir Now Recruiting!

SoundRoutes choirs are looking for new members to join them this new year.  Adults of all ages are welcome to join, even those who think they can’t sing!

They have choirs in Bearsden, Hamilton, Carluke and Motherwell starting on the week beginning January 11th 2016. They also have brand new choirs starting in East Kilbride, Kirkintilloch and Paisley from 25th January 2016.

They’ll be singing an exciting mixture of folk, pop, rock, reggae, world and gospel songs. Members can learn harmony singing, improve their voice, make new friends and enjoy opportunities to record and perform.

Sessions will be led by award-winning Scottish musician Shona Brown with professional musicians Arlene McNaught and Bree Robertson-Kirkland leading the new choirs. Each session costs £5 and participants are only required to pay as they attend.

For more information:


Call Shona: 07811 504141



Metafit Classes

MetaFitJoin the fitness revolution with Metafit Bodyweight Training.

The classes will be held on Tuesday and Thursday at 12.15pm to 12.45pm in our Springburn Campus, in the Dance Studio (3rd floor).

The classes are FREE of charge.

Contact Carol Goodwin on if you need any further information


That’s us for this week, but don’t forget to send us your news and contribute to the blog.  Our readership has been growing and our end of year stats are looking good (you can see them here).

If you want to send us your stories or news just email them to Tracey on along with any pictures you might have and we’ll make sure it gets included.

See you back here next week!!

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