Sponsoring, Displaying and Tea!

Welcome back to another week or events and news from GKC.  Tea parties, training, displays and fundraising …. we have it all.


Work Experience Placements

WP_20160315_09_34_12_Pro (2)Two of our HN Business students are starting work experience placements in the College this week.

Shelley McWilliams started on Monday with the marketing team in the East End campus and Victoria Nakamette is starting on Wednesday and she will be working with organisational development staff in the Easterhouse campus.


Tea at GKC

It was the turn of Music students on Tuesday to meet up with ESOL students for the latest “Tea at GKC”. A good time was had by all . Comments included “Enjoyed talking to everyone” and “Good banter meeting new peeps”.

Particular thanks must go to Arlene and Jordan from the Students Association for supplying the “goodies”. If you or any of your students are interested in coming along to the next “Tea” in April or would just like to find out more about it, please contact George Gillen or Andrew Aitken.


Food for Thought

John Murphy, Lecturer, attended an early morning ‘Breakfast Election Hustings event’ recently, in the offices of BDO Chartered Accountants in Central Glasgow.

The event was jointly organised by the IOD (Institute of Directors) and my own institute, The Chartered Certified Accountants Association.

All of the main parties were represented and reassuringly, virtually all of the participants recognised the current under funding of the FE Sector in Scotland, and moreover, made commitments to address funding issues to help our sector play its full role in helping kick-start Scotland’s economic recovery.

The main parties were represented by Robert Brown (Lib-dems), John Mason (SNP), Anas Sarwar (Labour) and Prof. Adam Tomkins (Conservative).

A very worthwhile event and much food for thought.


Riding for the Disabled

RIDING FOR THE DISABLED ASSOCIATION FUNDRAISERThere will be a Riding for the Disabled Association Tombola on Wednesday the 30th of March in Easterhouse Library from 10.30 am until 1.00 pm.

This is being organised by students on the Personal Achievement Award Course.

Any donations for our student Tombola to raise money for Riding the Disabled Association would be appreciated.  They can be sent to Easterhouse Campus FAO Angela Dickson Room T19.


Glasgow Kelvin Hosts Exhibition and Fine Art-Live Events

Alasdair Banks has offered to do a live ‘performance painting’ for staff and students at the College’s East End Campus on 24th March.

His ‘Fine Art – Live’ event is a performance in itself and he has produced significant works at many high profile and prestigious events in the UK already.

The painting will be produced over the course of the day and will have a general theme of the East End of Glasgow with hints of the Culture, Heritage and Architecture.

Art & Design students at the College will witness the hands-on and novel approach of his Fine Art-Live experience.

The College is delighted to be hosting this event and Alasdair’s exhibition and staff and students alike are looking forward to being part of Alasdair’s creative process.

More information is available at http://www.alasdairbanks.com/corporate-events.html


Earth Hour

This month’s display in Springburn Library celebrates Earth Hour. This is the 10th global Earth Hour.

Earth Hour this year is on Saturday 19th March 2016 at 8:30p.m.

Earth Hour is not just about switching off your lights for one hour, but about changing minor things in your life which could have a positive impact on the long term future of our beautiful and fragile planet.

The display is created in vibrant colours to give a visual impact to staff and students and alert them to their own carbon footprint and what they can do to reduce their negative effects on our planet.

Earth Hour is the brainchild of WWF, so many of the images relate to the negative impact Global Warming is having on different species as well as the effects on us human beings.



The Swishing event, on Wednesday the 16th of March, raised £465 for the Rainbow Valley charity. It was a great event that was good fun with an opportunity to socialise and swap some new clothes.

The fashion students will continue to raise funds for the charity culminating in their annual fashion show in May 2016.


Get Training

Have you ever wanted to work with a Personal Trainer like the celebs do?  Basically have someone who will show you exactly what you need to do in terms of exercise and nutrition to reach your goals?

You might want to tone up, lose weight or even pack on some muscle? (you might also be worried your too unfit to start, your not)

Do you know the cost of having your very own Personal Trainer?  Yep they are expensive from £25 to over £60 per session, but I have an amazing offer for the right people…

You might be reading this and thinking it’s too good to be true and may not bother getting in touch, please if you are the least bit interested just drop me an email and we can work something out…

Here’s the once in a lifetime deal (until next year anyway)

Our 2nd year Health & Fitness students need to complete a couple of case studies, and need clients to work with…

This group of students have been honing their craft over the last 2 years and are very much accomplished coaches, eager and ready to help you reach your goals…

What they need:

  • You have to be available for a minimum 6 weeks either:  Wednesday mornings for 60 mins 10.00-11.00am @ Omnipotent Crossfit, 15 Osborne Street, Glasgow, G1 5QN or Thursday afternoon for 60 mins 13.00-14.00 / 14.00-15.00 @ Pure Gym, Charing Cross, 113 St Georges Road, Glasgow, G3 6JA
  • Commit for a 6 week block of at least 1 session a week (possibly more depending on availability and to be arranged with your coach)
  • Happy to be used as a case study (confidentiality will be paramount and your details will not be shared other than your coach and teaching staff)
  • Please rest assured we are looking ideally for clients with NO experience (although happy to work with those who have some training experience).
  • You do not need to be fit, or conform to any shape or size.  All you need is a desire to make some change and possibly a goal that we can help you to achieve.

If you require any more information please get in touch with me ASAP, we are looking to start block 3 but require paper work and consultations to be completed before hand.

If you would like to take part but cant make the times available we might still be able to help, please contact Robert Clarkson on rclarkson@glasgowkelvin.ac.uk or 07921151411 (if calling please state its for the college personal training).


YEZ Stand

Mike from YEZYEZ are happy to work with any student who lives in Glasgow and is graduating from GKC to provide great business support, advice and grants. Their aim is to make the whole idea of self-employment or running your own business much easier and less frustrating.

You can sign up by going to the YEZ Info Pod on the ground floor of our Springburn Campus, next to the Point Restaurant.  You can contact Mike on mike.mcconnel@jbg.org.uk or phone 0141 227 3425.


Summer of Student Innovation 2016

WESTSIDE POSTEROur challenge: could your learners make an impact?  Jisc’s Summer of Student Innovation competitions are an opportunity for students to have an impact on life and study in work based learning providers, colleges and universities across the UK.

Do you have a bright idea that uses technology to improve study or student life? If so we’d like to hear it, and the best will be given funding, support and an invitation to a multi-day mentoring event to turn their concept into reality.

Our goal is to unearth and develop the best ideas, creating apps and tools to be piloted in colleges and universities and harness the power of technology for better learning and teaching across the UK.

What’s more, our competitions fit in with core curricula and encourage employability skills like team working, business planning and viability testing.  Many colleges and universities now recognise students’ work towards our competitions as part of their coursework.

Student Ideas Competition 2016 is open to all learners in universities, colleges or learning providers. We will select 15 successful teams who will receive £2000 per team to attend a four day design sprint on the 8-11 August. Each team will pitch to a panel on the 23 August and we will select five ideas to be developed into products who will receive a further £3000.

Support Technology Start-ups 2016 is open to established teams with existing products seeking to further pilot their product within colleges, universities or skills providers. Up to five selected teams with receive £20,000 and participate in a six month pre-accelerator programme.

The closing date for submissions is 23 May 2016.  For further information see: https://jisc.ac.uk/student-innovation


Being Civil

Wednesday’s (16th of March) event was a fund-raising exercise undertaken by one of the first-year HND Civil Engineering classes.  19 students (accompanied by 3 staff members) took part in a sponsored ‘level transfer’ along Buchanan Street from St Enoch’s underground station to the statue of Donald Dewar at the Royal Concert Hall (technical note: a level transfer is an engineering exercise where the difference in height between one point and another can be calculated).

The students (who had gathered donations beforehand) are raising funds to support one of GKC Civil Engineering’s innovative new ideas; a residential project workshop taking place near the end of term.  This residential workshop will involve all 3 first year classes (some 60 students) and is a first-time event for GKC.

To make it more of a challenge we have offered the team of 4, who produces the most accurate answer, the prize of courtside tickets to see a Glasgow Rocks basketball match.

The other two HND Civil Engineering classes will be doing the challenge on Monday and Wednesday next week.


Well that is everything for another week, but be sure to keep us up to date with your event and activities.  You can send all your new to us at tborland@glasgowkelvin.ac.uk.

See you all again soon.

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