Performing, Supporting and Rocking!

First day of the Easter weekend, hope you are relaxing and enjoying the time off.

What could be better on a day off than some light reading …. enjoy this weeks update!


Fabulous Opportunity for Fashionista

kay with students for KaledoCongratulations to Rebecca Walker who won the Kaledo competition that was judged last week by a panel of industry experts. The fantastic prize includes a 3 month placement with M&S, a high spec laptop, 3 years Kaledo software, £250 and a goody bag. Wow! Excellent news.

Jodie Anderson was joint runner up and wins some cash and a goody bag. Both students are studying a top-up degree. BA (Hons) Fashion Design and Production. Everybody at GKC Fashion are very proud of everyone who took part.


Congratulations To …

Art Success (1024x681)Congratulations to Waldemar and Anya from the NC Art & Design (level 6) group.

Waldemar has been accepted onto University of London’s BA Communication Design programme. He has also been successful in gaining interviews at Glasgow School of Art and Manchester School of Art – awaiting the results of both….

Anya has been given a place on the BA Illustration and Animation at Manchester and BA Visual Communication at Leeds. She has accepted the place at Manchester.

Good luck to both!!!


Musical Theatre and Dance Students Perform at CIPFA Conference

The GKC Musical Theatre and Dance students performed at the at the Radisson Hotel, Glasgow last week for the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accounting national conference.

The groups were booked to perform by an ex Musical Theatre student who is now a business support manager in the organisation and knew she could depend on the staff and students to come up with the goods.

The students were complete professionals and received amazing feedback on the performance, with many of the senior managers in the organisation commenting that it’s the most energy and liveliness they have had at the conference to date.  They recognised the talent displayed and noted that the hard work that was put into the performance was outstanding, indeed so much so that they have offered to make a £500 donation to the Musical Theatre and Dance sections at Kelvin College.


A Swiss Review

One of our Lecturers, Jacqueline Simpson, recent spent some sometime in the Ecole Hoteliere Lausanne.  Read her experience below.

I spent two and a half days working in the Ecole Hoteliere Lausanne. It was a great experience working with the chefs and students and sharing ideas with the course facilitators.


It was encouraging to see them use similar standards and teaching practice; although I still think we are a bit more sophisticated in our practice, and that a lot of the equipment that they use in their kitchen is exactly the same as we use to train our students.


I went to a meeting  with the Course Dean and he presented a Power Point explaining the way that the ‘Practical Arts’ are delivered and the problems that they encounter with their students ; they have a few Prince’s and a large percentage of the students are from families that are millionaires even billionaires that own Hotel Chains or large companies and are used to having servants : the students have never cooked in their life and are now expected to peel carrots, clean rooms, serve food etc. They encounter a few attitude problems …


I have taken a lot from it and have come back with lots of photographs to show the students and let them understand that no matter where or who you are standards have to be maintained and rules have to be respected.


College Supports New Click & Connect Centre

People living in Castlemilk can now access a state-of-the-art digital learning centre providing free internet and computer access at their local library.  The computer learning centre at Castlemilk Library is the first ‘Click & Connect’ centre to be opened in one of the city’s libraries.

The new Castlemilk ‘Click & Connect’ Centre is the first of its kind to be delivered in partnership between GHA, its parent company Wheatley Group, Glasgow Life and Glasgow Kelvin College to provide free internet access in Glasgow communities.  The facility was officially opened by Lord Provost Sadie Docherty, on Wednesday the 23rd of March.

The centre, which includes 14 PCs, provides support from tutors from the College and the Library to help people get online and learn new skills.  People can get advice on how to access job sites, create a CV, get online shopping discounts, keep up to date with welfare reform changes, fill in online forms and use GHA’s new online services.

For the full story visit our website News article.


Art Exhibition and ‘Performance’ Painting Event

The West Campus is presently host (21st March to the 1st April 2016) to an exhibition of new paintings and drawings by Alasdair Banks along with new prints by Glasgow Kelvin College art students and Project Ability artists. The exhibition is open to the public from 9.00 am to 4.30 pm (closed 25th and 28th March) and is titled ‘On Mixed Ground’

Alasdair Banks is a Glasgow based artist with an international reputation for his large expressive Horse Racing and Equine Paintings. He has invited some of his students as well as a selection of Project Ability artists who attend our Aspire Friday workshops to take part in the exhibition. Eleven Aspire artists will see their prints on show in the exhibition.

In addition to the exhibition at West Campus, Alasdair Banks completed a full day, live ‘performance painting’ for staff and students. He does these professionally for businesses and events such as Badminton and Goodwood – see examples at

This unique event took place in the East End Campus on Thursday the 24th of March and in recognition of this location, the painting that was produced over the course of the day, had a general theme of the East End of Glasgow.

It was an interesting day, with the art staff and students directly involved and the photography students recording the event with a time lapse process.


Making Maths Count

There is a Making Maths Count event that is scheduled for next Wednesday (the 31st of March).  This project, set up by the Scottish Government, will be held between 11.00 am and 2.30 pm (location to be confirmed)

Guests attending the event are: Professor Tara Brendle, University Of Glasgow, and Heather Reid, Science Education Consultant/former BBC weather presenter.


Glasgow Rocked

Glasgow Kelvin College were the main sponsors for Friday night’s Rocks game against Leeds Force. Around 270 staff and students claimed their free tickets to see the Rocks clinch victory in the last minute, making it three out of three Rocks wins with GKC as main sponsor.

It was one of the games of the season, as Glasgow Rocks outlasted Leeds 75-74 after a spirited comeback from the Force late in the 4th quarter. For the Rocks, Will Hall led the way with 20 points against his former team, with Riley Grabau and Jonny Bunyan chipping in on the offensive end. But it was that man again, Kieron Achara, who delivered a fantastic 2 point jump shot in the final seconds to give the Rocks the win.

David Robertson had the honour of presenting the British Basketball League’s Player of the Month award to Kieron before the tip-off.

Leeds Force return to the Emirates this Sunday, 27th, for a re-match – should be worth a watch!  Watch out for the email ticket announcement from Marketing, and get your requests in quickly.

As one of the main sponsors, the College has the opportunity to enter a team in the Rocks’ 2016 Sponsors Basketball Tournament being held at the Emirates Arena on Sunday 17th April; billed as a ‘fun event’.  If any member of staff wishes to take part, or knows any students that would like to play, please contact David Robertson.


Got some VaVaVoom?

The wait is over as Virgin Media Business #VOOM 2016 is now live: at

Up for grabs is the chance to pitch to Richard Branson, £1million (€1.2 million) in prizes, a mentoring session at 10 Downing Street, plus an all-expenses-paid trip to Necker.

There’ll also be a World Record attempt along the way – and of course a stellar Live Finale. Oh! And there’s crowdfunding so entrants can turn votes into pound notes.

And this year you can become a judge, courtesy on a new competition with LinkedIn.

Why not get involved – you will have the support of the whole College behind you.

Head over to to see what’s what.


We are finished for another week, but as usual we will return next Friday with more news and updates and remember ….. don’t eat too much chocolate!



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