Thoughts, Awareness and Patterns!

Another busy week here at GKC with student’s making a good impression on whatever they do, from musical performances to hospitality and fashion.


GKC Hospitality

Hospitality StudentsLast Friday the General Manager and the Operations Director from the Marriott Hotel Glasgow came for lunch in the Park training restaurant  and were very impressed by the students who served  and cooked them great lunch.

The General Manager took time to talk to the students, telling them about his time in the hospitality industry and the great experiences that he has had and finished by encouraging them to apply to the Marriot for work.


Cervical Cancer Awareness

It is Cervical Cancer Awareness week next week and students from HNC CAP will be joined by Siobhan Harkins, from the North East Health Improvement Team, to help them raise awareness.

They will be based I our East End Campus, so if you see them, stop and have a chat.


Part of the ‘Paisley’ Pattern

Students and Staff were delighted to welcome our honoured guests from Andhra Pradesh earlier this week who are visiting Scotland as part of the UKIERI exchange visit.

Musical Theatre welcome Indian visitors (2)HN Musical Theatre students put on a fabulous show for their arrival and our HN Fashion students, including those who had visited the Guntur Government Polytechnic for Women earlier this month, were delighted to be on hand at their arrival.  Our guests are spending the week with cultural tours and have been involved in the planning and production of Friday’s spectacular Fashion Show at Paisley Abbey.

The innovative “Fashion Showcase” is a milestone in Glasgow Kelvin College’s participation with UKIERI-AICTE. The knowledge and skills exchange programme has seen a delegation of fashion students and staff complete two highly successful and well-publicised visits to Guntur, Andhra Pradesh in India.

Fashion Shoot 4Hosted by Renfrewshire Council, the highlight of the evening will showcase “Bombay Mix” – a fusion of classic British tailoring and the drapery of traditional Indian garments. The “Paisley Pattern” is revered as it is highlighted with embellishments of bead work, embroidery and Indian Zardosi work, to name but a few of the skills learned and shared between the two partner colleges.

The event has been organised and produced by a wide range of students from across the College.  They will be busy both backstage and front-of-house to make sure the evening is a splendid success for everyone involved!

Congratulations go to all staff and students who have given of their time and expertise to make this happen.


Bringing Mindfulness into My Life

MindfullnessGeorge Gillen, will be facilitating a short series of introductory Mindfulness techniques. The sessions will start on Tuesday the 2nd of February and will run for eight weeks (excluding holidays).  They will take place from 17.00 until 18.00 in room MF12 (East End Campus).

Numbers will be limited to 15 and participants are expected to be able to attend nearly every session.  If you are interested or would just like to find out more, please email George at


What is Mindfulness?

“Mindfulness means maintaining a moment-by-moment, non- judgmental awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations and surrounding environment” John Kabat-Zin”

Mindfulness can be practiced in everyday life and also as a meditation technique.

What are the benefits of Mindfulness?

Research show that regular practice of Mindfulness can help to:

  • Manage stress
  • Control anxiety
  • Lift mood
  • Improve relationships
  • Lessen pain
  • Enhance creativity and much more.

Mindful meditation can be very relaxing and those who partake often report a feeling of well -being even after only one session.


GKC /UHI Drama Degree Residency

The feedback from the Glasgow and Inverness students at the UHI residential, hosted by GKC from last Thursday to Saturday, between the Bridge and Easterhouse campus, was superb.

Positive comments were the order of the day and this is particularly due to the hard work and dedication of Caroline Hurst from the Acting and Drama section for having organised and co-ordinated the very vibrant and well received event. Indeed the workshops and masterclasses delivered by Caroline and Lucy Amsden, also of GKC seemed to attract the greatest number of positive comments.

Overall feedback from all concerned included highlights such as :-

‘Voice coaching was inspiring’


‘Workshop taught me to lose all my inhibitions and how to work with an audience’


‘I enjoyed the change of energies between people from both companies’’


‘The vast knowledge I’ve gained’


‘Wonderful and understanding teachers’

As well as many other aspects of the social and networking opportunities provided by the intensive days of activity.


Spirit Of Calton

Spirit of Calton OYMGet Set! is the largest grant available so far from Spirit of Calton, similar to On Your Marks it is for constituted groups.  Grants of £2000 to £10,000 are available.  At this level of award it is expected that applicants will provide match funding of at least 25% the cost of the project from another source.

Get Set is open until the 17th of March 2016 with awards being made in April.  For Get Set, all eligible applicants will be invited to an informal interview with the Spirit of Calton Community Panel on the 14th of April 2016.  The purpose of the interview is for the Panel members to discuss your project with you as well as giving you the opportunity to tell them more about it or to ask more questions.  The interview will only last about 10–15 minutes and you will be informed of the Panel’s decision by Foundation Scotland by email or letter shortly afterwards.

Applications can be made online, or downloaded from:


We are finished again for another week, but check back next Friday for an update on the Fashion Show and other news.

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