Getting Together and Looking Forward

Once again staff and students at GKC have been keeping busy and developing their skills by taking part in various activities.  All working together to provide an encouraging learning environment.


A Look Towards the Future

AndreaAs part of our Visual Arts degree programme we invite former students to address and advise current students about their personal experience of undergraduate life, progression and life beyond the educational bubble.

Andrea Welsh visited, on Friday the 5th of February,  to offer excellent guidance on how she put together her degree show last year as well as how to maximise exposure on social media, network and market the show. She also talked about her current postgraduate course in education as well as making individual studio visits to offer insights and encouragement.


Tea at GKC

Around 40 GKC students met in Springburn on Tuesday the 9th of February for “Tea at GKC”.  ESOL learners from National 4 and 5 met with Care students from all levels and areas.  After an ice breaker, learners mingled together over some lovely hospitality provided by the Learners’ Association.

The event as always was informal and the feedback included such comments as;

“Great opportunity to practise my English. The people are lovely and friendly – very nice”.


“Great chance to meet with learners from different cultures”.

It would be great if we could get more non ESOL learners. If you think any of your learners would be interested or if you would like to find out more, please contact Andrew Aitken (Student President) or George Gillen (ESOL Lecturer).

If you’re still not sure, check out the video from one of last year’s events –


Outside College Life

Students across Glasgow Kelvin College come from a range of backgrounds and life experiences which leads to some fascinating areas for project investigation.

Maggie Kelly, HND 1 Art and Design student also runs a freelance consultancy business, Corravare – – that specialises in providing policy support to organisations and groups who are working to promote social and environmental justice.

Her most recent piece of work, Poverty and Ethnicity: Key Messages for Scotland, has just been published by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF). This publication looks at the links between poverty and ethnicity and how this affects ethnic minority communities in Scotland, drawing on a four-year major research program conducted by JRF.  It also examines policy and practice in Scotland and makes recommendations about how to tackle poverty among all ethnic groups – so that everyone gets a better deal no matter what ethnic group they belong to.


The ‘Learning Works’ Awards with Thenue Housing Association

Thenue0116Another group of long-term unemployed people from the east end of Glasgow last week completed their studies in what is the 13th time the ‘Learning Works’ course has run. They gave the pioneering project an overwhelming thumbs up as they marked their achievement at a “Celebration of Learning” event at the Calton Heritage and Learning Centre.

The award winning “Learning Works” initiative is a joint project between Thenue Housing and the College and supported by Clyde Gateway Initiative.  The programme targets unemployed people in the community and, over ten weeks, delivers a range of vocational, employability and personal development qualifications which boost the confidence of learners and plants the seed for further learning or progression to the workplace.

With a considerable track record in encouraging people to progress successfully, the College is delighted to be a partner in this programme which is already delivering for its fourteenth group of learners!  Congratulations to all students and staff involved.


Fundraising for Mesothelioma

Natalie Thomson, from the canteen staff in Springburn Campus, lost her grandpa recently to Asbestos cancer (Mesothelioma) and she has organised a Fundraising Night.

The fundraising evening is for Mesothelioma, UK Supporting People with Asbestos Cancer on Friday the 30th of September 2016 at Celtic Park from 7 pm until 1 am.  Tickets are £25 and will include a three course meal.  Raffles and prizes to be won on the night.

If anyone is interested please contact Natalie Thomson, Canteen Member of Staff, Springburn Campus on Tel No: 07950 751 495 or email:


Purple Friday

purple-friday-poster-web-and-office-printTo mark the last Friday of LGBT History Month, LGBT Youth Scotland are asking you to wear purple to show your support for LGBT young people and to stand up against homophobia, biphobia and transphobia in Scotland.

When LGBT Youth Scotland surveyed LGBT young people from all over Scotland, almost 70% of respondents said they had experienced homophobia, biphobia and transphobia at school. 10% had left education directly because of their experiences within education settings.

LGBT Youth Scotland want to improve the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young people across Scotland and they need your help to do it!

Find out more on the LGBT Youth website.


Vote for GKC

Scotland On Stage is a prestigious awards recognition scheme created to reward the Musical, Theatrical and Dance community throughout Scotland. Brought to you by hugely successful events company Paramount Creative, responsible for the Italian Awards, Icon Awards and Scottish Entertainment & Hospitality Awards, all of which generate great publicity in local and national press as well as television coverage. Venues are invited to ask their students, friends and the public to vote for them through our national awards site.

The venues with the most votes will be short listed as finalists and judged by our distinguished panel of experts from across the industry. All judges will be announced before the website closes for votes. Successful venues will be asked to submit a supporting statement to assist the judges with their final decision. All shortlisted businesses will also be invited to our glitzy VIP Gala Final due to take place on Sunday 24th April 2016 at the Radisson Hotel Glasgow.



Well that’s everything for this week, but visit us again next Friday and be sure to send all your good news, events and activities to Tracey Borland, so we can let everyone know.

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