Welcome back to GKC’s Blog! Hope everyone enjoyed their long weekend off and you are all back refreshed and ready to take on the next few weeks.
Staff members have been busy this week with conferences and building International relationships, but we also have news of student success too, so let’s get started.
All Staff Conference
Wednesday the 17th of February saw our staff members take part in a conference.
Maintaining or upgrading skills and knowledge helps to enhance performance in existing job roles, supports career progression and ensures that individuals continue to develop the skills and knowledge that are required as change makes new demands on them.
Staff members had the opportunity to take part in a variety of events and covered topics such as Skype for Business as a Teaching Tool, Design Thinking and An Introduction to Mindfulness. Online training courses were also available.
There was also an Equalities Exhibition and the staff were invited to pop along and share experiences. The equality exhibition was in the main foyer area at Springburn campus from 9.30am to 12 noon and showcased some best practice and engaging with staff on future development.
Glasgow Kelvin College Student Reaches Final Six At SkillFridge
The ACR Show at Birmingham NEC is this week hosting the SkillFridge competition which provides a launch pad for apprentices in the sector to compete internationally at the vocational skills competition, WorldSkills, and this year, Glasgow Kelvin College refrigeration student Scott Thomson, a talented and hardworking apprentice with Technical Retail Services, will be competing against five other promising apprentices to win through.
After two days of gruelling assembly and installation exercises, the winner will be announced on Thursday.
Well done to everyone who has been involved in getting him this far and good luck and fingers crossed for Scott! Let’s hope he becomes ‘Mr SkillFridge’!!
Art Degree Students on Tour
Visual Art Degree students spent Thursday, the 18th of February, in Glasgow’s contemporary art spaces researching installation and presentation methods. They managed to be made joint visitors of the day at Street Level Photoworks on their Facebook page!
Today (Friday the 19th of February) they have a visitor of the day double whammy. Vanessa-Louise, Kate, Kate and Zara popped in with their tutors Nicola and Al from Kelvin College’s BA (Hons) Visual Art course during a day of exhibition hopping!
Why not come down and see their current exhibitions of Liza Dracup and Ulla Schildt’s work for yourself? Both exhibitions are on until March 27th.
Punjab and Glasgow Kelvin College Exchange Engineering Skills
Both colleges are also discussing how best to accredit Ludhiana’s mechanical engineering qualifications under the Scottish Qualifications Authority, with a view to developing and delivering these and other SQA qualifications up to advanced technical level, in line with the Indian education system.
The group’s visit will take them to local factories and employers, as well as delivering and attending engineering classes at the Polytechnic. Peter Brown, Engineering Lecturer at Kelvin, delivered two lectures and was delighted to be introduced to the Ludhiana students’ current ‘design & build’ project – a car which turns on its own axis.
Discussions on SQA accreditation are already underway and the team are looking forward to their industry visits as the week progresses.
Electoral Registration – Make Your Voice Heard
Remember, the rules have changed around Electoral Registration. If you haven’t registered individually to vote and want your voice to be heard at the next Scottish Parliamentary Elections on May 5th 2016, get on and register NOW at http://www.collegesscotland.ac.uk/Latest-News/register-to-vote.html
We anticipate a cross-campus campaign to encourage our students to register.
Registration closes at midnight on 18th April 2016
That’s everything for today, come back soon for more news and updates.