Swish, Innovate and Invite!

Another Friday and another Blog update for you, full of upcoming event and news.


Jet Setting Teacher

Mairi Japan 3Visual Art Degree Graduate Mairi Hutchinson who formed the design collective Little Book Transfers after graduation – http://www.littlebooktransfers.com/ – has moved to Japan to take up a teaching career.

Mairi intends continuing to work with her partners back in Scotland while soaking up the influences of a completely new and different culture.


You are Invited

InviteTo the next Gallery North exhibition at West which opens on Friday the 18th of March. Renowned Glasgow artist, Alasdair Banks, will be exhibiting new work alongside prints by Glasgow Kelvin art students and Projectability artists.

Alasdair will be putting on a painting demo during the show as well as sharing his knowledge of working as a professional artist with our learners.


I’m an Innovator

I'm an Innovator SlideThe Scottish Institute for Enterprise is launching I’m an Innovator as a one-off competition to celebrate Scotland’s Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design.

The competition is designed for any student in college or university or recent graduate of up to two years who has an early stage idea that has potential to have social impact.  They  particularly want to capture students who would have been interested in the Young Innovators Challenge. In addition, they want to encourage students with suitable ideas who didn’t get through SIE’s Fresh Ideas or New Ventures competitions to consider entering.

There are prizes of £100 for the best 50 ideas.  Both individual and team entries will be accepted.

Entries can be submitted online from February 22nd until April 6th 2016.   Up to 25 finalists will attend a special residential bootcamp in June where they will pitch to judges for the chance to win £1000!

If you would like additional information or need support in your entry, contact Rose Fairley.


Raising Awareness

Mike McConnell, Business Advisor – YEZ – Youth Enterprise Zone will be in our Springburn Campus on Wednesday 16 March 2016 to promote the Kiosk based in the reception area and to raise awareness to students of the support available to them for self employment and start up.

More details to follow.


The Swishing

swishingClean out those wardrobes and start donating NOW!!

Why Swish?

  • It saves you money
  • It is a great way to update your wardrobe – New 2 You
  • It’s good for the planet

Statistics show that we throw away approximately one million tonnes of clothing each year – 50% of which ends up in landfill.

On Wednesday  the 16th of March 2016, students from the Fashion Department at Glasgow Kelvin College will be hosting a Charity Swish Event.  The Swishing will take place from 6.30 – 9.30pm in the Petershill Club – just up the hill from the Springburn Campus and will raise funds for Rainbow Valley Charity.

We would like to open this event to all staff and students and welcome clothing donations in advance of the event.  Everyone who makes a clothing donation will have the opportunity to receive tokens that they can use at the event – all clothing donations will be used at the event and afterwards any leftover items will be used continue to be used to raise funds for the charity.

Drop donations off at our Springburn Campus or if you are based in another campus put in bags clearly marked with your name and contact details if you would like tokens to Swish on the 16th. It is also possible to bring items along on the night and receive tokens in exchange.

There is an Entry Fee of £5 – there will be various FUN activities taking place at the event and a student craft stall with good quality items on sale.


Selected as a Finalist for The People’s Projects Lottery TV Vote

EasthallEasthall Resident’s Association with their My Life My Choice Activity Group aimed at supporting the life and social skills and increasing the physical and mental health and wellbeing of individuals with Additional Support Needs, have been selected as one of only 5 groups across the STV West Region as a finalist for the public vote for the chance to win up to £50,000 of BIG Lottery Fund cash as part of ITV’s The People’s Projects TV Competition.

They will make a bid for your support to win up to £50,000, with members of the public voting online at www.thepeoplesprojects.org.uk  The public will have 2 weeks to register their vote between 29th February 2016 at 9am & 13th March 2016 midday.

If successful Easthall Residents Association will increase their activities for individuals with Additional Support Needs in their My Life, My Choice activity groups to 4 days per week targeting 200+ individuals.

So show your support for this great group and visit the above link to vote.


DR Bike

DR BikeGet your bike checked FREE by DR Bike, a professional mechanic from the Bike Station and keep your bike in tip-top condition.

DR Bike will be in GKC’s Springburn Campus on the 15th of March, from 11 am until 2 pm.


Movie Night

Movie nightJoin us for the first, Scottish Institute for Enterprise, Movie Night on Monday the 7th of March 2016 at 5.30pm.

Tickets are FREE – click here to book through Eventbrite.

If you want to know more about SIE contact Jack – Glasgow Kelvin College’s.


Finally, Congratulations again to former HN Music student, Laura Begley, who successful got through the battle rounds of The Voice UK and retained her place on Boy George’s team.

See you all back here next week.

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