A Full and Eventful Week!

Welcome back to our weekly Blog.  We took a break for a couple of weeks due to the Spring Break …. it was so quiet and news was sparse.

However we are making up for it this week, lots of tales to tell.


Tea @ GKC

Tea @ GKCThe latest Tea at GKC took place on Wednesday in Springburn campus. ESOL students were joined by students from Travel and Tourism. after an ice breaker called “Find someone who…” Students mingled and shared in the “goodies” provided by the Students’ Association – a good time was had by all.

If you and or your students would like to take part in the next “Tea” please contact Andrew Aitken or George Gillen.


Prize Winners

Kaledo Winners 1On Thursday the 21st of April, Elizabeth Brandwood, from Lectra UK Ltd presented our students with their prizes for the Kaledo Drapers Competition.

Glasgow Kelvin College BA (Hons) Fashion Design & Production student, Rebecca Walker, carried off the top prize in the Competition organised by Lectra UK Ltd, the design software manufacturer.  The design theme was French Renaissance and Rebecca’s Gothic Romance visuals captured the mood precisely.

Fellow student, Jodie Anderson, landed the Runner-up prize with her exciting ‘La Dame de Fer’ design, making it a double for Glasgow Kelvin.


A Fishy Outing

On Saturday the 16th of April, 10 members of the GKC Fishing club visited New Haylie Fishery on the Dalry Road in Largs.

While fishing the members took in the views from the fishery over to Millport and Arran and down the Firth of Clyde.

To make things even more enjoyable, everyone caught a fish. A great day all in.

New members are welcome, if you are interested, contact David Stirling for details.


Online Lifestyle

Simon Murphy, one of our lecturers, been working on links with industry and has arranged a showcase for our students in a brand new online lifestyle site called Glasgow Live, which is connected to the Daily Record.

There is going to be a showcase for Photographers every week and to kick off the first issue one of our students, Zac Jerome, features. It’s a nice piece and mentions the college as well as featuring collaborative work with our fashion and supported learning departments.

There will be more to come in the following weeks so don’t forget to bookmark the site.

Here is the link to the first piece: Glasgow Live – Photographer Zac Jerome’s Glasgow Through a lens



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The latest group of students from Saint Mungo’s have now completed a six week Mindfulness Course for Young People facilitated by George Gillen. Comments included

“I will use mindfulness to lower my stress levels before exams and performances and in everyday situations” and


” I enjoyed learning about how fear affects the brain”.

The staff course is also proving popular and 12 staff have now signed up for the seven week Bringing Mindfulness Into my Life course. The first class took place on Wednesday 20th. April.

If anyone is still interested please contact George Gillen before the next class on Wednesday 27th April.


FREE Women’s Self-defence Classes

Taekwon-do logoFemale staff from GKC are welcome to attend a FREE Self Defence class due to run on Saturday the 30th of April, from 12.00 to 1.00 pm, at The Hub Sports, 39 Wellhouse Crescent, Easterhouse.

This class will focus on practical, no nonsense, self-defence techniques for women. It is not designed to teach all the complexities of a martial art where it can take years of practice before you can defend yourself properly. What it does teach is a method by which you can effectively defend yourself using a handful of proven techniques that will help you overcome most situations.

You are not required to be particularly fit to take part in this programme, however if you are significantly overweight, elderly, have not exercised for a long period of time, or suffer from diabetes, heart, respiratory or back problems, it is advisable to consult your doctor before commencing any type of training.

We would like to thank Brian Alexander and his club, ITF Taekwon-Do Glasgow East, for providing this FREE class to female staff.

You can contact Brian at balexander@glasgowkelvin.ac.uk if you would like to join the class or for more information.


Taekwon-Do Success

Chiara MullenCheck out the success of one of the ITF Taekwan-do Glasgow East Club,

Chaira Mullen who has been selected to represent the Scotland Taekwondo Team at the forthcoming European Championships in Tampere Finland on the 28th of April 2016.

Brian is grateful to GKC for their generous donation to help fund Chaira’s trip. We would like to wish Chaira all the best at the event – Go for it!!


Word Book and Copyright Day – 23rd April 2016

world book day‘Keep Calm and Read a Book!’

The library display this month is on World Book and Copyright Day. Do you know how many pages you can legally photocopy from a book? Who is the best selling fiction author this year?

Why not come along, view the display and borrow a book or suggest a title you would like the library to purchase.

It’s your library, please make good use of it.


College Delivers BBC Apprenticeships

Building on the successful Glasgow Kelvin College/BBC partnership, a new group of creative young people will be recruited to the 2016/17 BBC Apprenticeship programme. This marks the beginning of the sixth of these hugely successful programmes which identify, cultivate and develop future talent. By September this year, 50 inspirational young people will have already completed this exciting apprenticeship programme.

And this year there’s a twist – one additional apprentice will be working in the Gaelic medium, working with the Gaelic teams in BBC Scotland and BBC ALBA’s independent suppliers.

Their busy schedule has the apprentices spending two days per month at Glasgow Kelvin College learning many of the technical and vocational skills they might require in the broadcast media industry, as well as personal development and core skills.

The remainder of their time is spent on work placement within the exciting TV, Media, Online and Radio production industry in Glasgow where students rotate their work experience through all the genres at BBC Scotland.

For the first time, one of the 11 Apprentices will be working partly in the Gaelic medium across various Gaelic TV, Radio and Online and in partnership with BBC ALBA and its suppliers. Glasgow Kelvin College, the only further education institution to deliver full-time Gaelic classes on the Scottish mainland, is keen to get this year’s programme kicked off in the summer.

The apprenticeship programme has provided a springboard to careers in TV production and journalism, with some of the former young students going onto degrees in higher education and others moving onto further work at BBC Scotland or other media production organisations.


HND1 Exhibition Show ‘Starter Pack’

‘Starter Pack’ is the HND1 Art end of year exhibition at Gallery North, West campus.

This is planned and organised by the students with guidance from art lecturer Nicola Carberry. The students are given a space each to put up a show and curate their own space. They also divide roles and responsibilities for poster, publicity and hospitality which gives them their first taste of organising a professional exhibition.

The exhibition is on at West Campus, 75 Hotspur St and will continue until Friday 22nd April 9.00 am to 5.00 pm.


Give Rugby a Try

Give Rugby a TryAny GKC student available on a Wednesday afternoon (you can’t miss classes) is invited to Give Rugby a Try.

The first Session will take place on Wednesday the 27th of April, from 1.00 to 3.00 pm.

The venue is at West of Scotland Rugby however a mini bus will be leaving from Springburn at 12.30 and returning for 3.30pm.

You will need football boots and sports kit and Male only at this time from age 16 upwards.  It is also Free of charge.



The Student Association arranged Hustings events this week in our Springburn and Easterhouse Campuses.

They invited candidates from the Green party, the SNP, the Labour and Conservative parties.  The Hustings event was open to students and staff and seemed to be very successful, with quite a few good questions being asked.

Our thanks go to the event organisers and the candidates that attended.


Laughter on the 23rd Floor

Laughter on 23rdFinal year HND Acting and Performance students present Laughter on the 23rd Floor by Neil Simon. This performance is a comedy inspired by Neil Simon’s early career experience as a junior writer.

The play will be held in the Platform, 1000 Westerhouse Road, Easterhouse, from the 12th to the 13th of May – two shows per day, 2.00 pm and 7.00 pm.

Tickets are £8 / £4.50 or £3 if you have a GKC ID.


Well that is everything for this week, make sure you check back next week for more news.


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