Skills, Training and the Arts!

Another week closer to the end of the academic and we will have plenty to tell you in the coming weeks.  Lots of shows, exhibitions and other activities taking place.

This week is no different, so let’s make a start.


Exchanging Skills

In January, 8 engineering students and a member of the engineering teaching team visited Ludhiana Polytechnic in India as part of a UKIERI funded engineering project. The aim of this project is to help our Indian partner achieve accreditation to deliver SQA engineering qualifications and also for our students and staff to experience engineering education in India.

Organised by the business development unit, the visit was extremely successful, with our learners reporting positive learning and personal experiences gained through participating in engineering classes through to visiting Indian engineering employers.

This week, the College was delighted to welcome Dr Rahul Gupta, Managing Director of Ludhiana Polytechnic College in Punjab.  Dr Gupta played host to a group of our HND Mechanical Engineering students and staff in January who had a once in a lifetime experience in India.

We’re very pleased that Rahul managed to make it across to Scotland where we are reciprocating in skills, hospitality, friendship..  but not in good weather, unfortunately!!

Dr Gupta is pictured here in the Springburn mechanical engineering workshop with students Mark Shields and Ryan Gallen, lecturer Peter Brown, Anne Porter, Alastair McGhee and Alan Sherry.


Baking for Charity

This week we have seen students raising funds for charity by using their culinary skills for baking.

NQ Childcare students were raising for Glasgow Children’s Charity on Wednesday and on Thursday the Duke of Edinburgh Award students were raising funds to support the Accessible Sensory Garden at Springburn which will be used by our own supported learning students.

Well done to all students involved.


Electrical Training Stations – New at GKC

GKC automotive students will now have a clearer insight to a vehicle’s electrical system with the new automotive electrical training stations.

All 3 stations can be linked together for multi student learning, enhancing learner engagement and collaboration between students. The stations are designed with a built in fault creator to enhance diagnostic skills.

Here is a short video of the students at work.


Be Afraid

draculaFrom Mina and Lucy Westerman in Whitby to mad (wo)man Renfield and Dr Seward in the asylum in London no one is safe from Dracula.

When Mina’s fiancé Jonathan Harker sells Dracula a Carfax in London he does not realise the curse he had brought upon himself and his loved ones.

Will Dr Van Helsing be able to put a stop to Dracula once in for all? Will love triumph lust? Will good better evil?

A chilling performance from the first year HND actors from Glasgow Kelvin College that will have you transfixed to the stage in an almost hypnotic state.

So grab your crucifix and holy water and join us on an adventure, one that will test your courage, your integrity and your stomach as we promise plenty of blood, guts and gore!

So jump on your horse and cart and head to The Bridge at Easterhouse on Thursday 19th and Friday 20th of May. We don’t bite 😉

Times: Matinee 2pm, Evening 7pm

Prices: Student £3, Local links (check your postcode) £3.50, Adult £8


A Busy Week in the Art World

It was a busy week for Brent Morrison from our Visual Art Degree. He was on a work placement at Paisley Art Institute, helping with the hand-in process for the Annual Exhibition.

He also installed his work at Rozelle House in Ayr for an exhibition and then held an open studio over the weekend which proved to be lucrative with a number of sales.

Brent also has 2 paintings accepted for the Paisley Art Institute Annual Exhibition.  He will be showing his work alongside art lecturers Nicola Carberry, Karen Scopa, Jane Telfer and Alastair Strachan at Paisley Art Gallery from Saturday May 14th to Sunday June 26th.


‘Now You See Me’

Poster‘Now You See Me’ is the end of year show for the HND2 Art group.  It has been on all week at Gallery North in the West campus and had it’s official opening night last night (28th of April).

On the top floor we have the HN Photography student’s end of year show on as well.

The exhibition is still open today, so pop along and see all the fantastic pieces of work.


White Ribbon – Young Scot Campaign

White Ribbon Scotland is a campaign to involve men in tackling violence against women. It is a joint initiative by a coalition of organisations, individuals and groups of men around Scotland. White Ribbon Scotland is part of an international campaign, which is the largest effort in the world of men working to end violence against women, with campaigns in over 55 countries. Do you want to know more about White Ribbon around the world?

The campaign in Scotland was launched in 2006 following a conference at which there was overwhelming support for men in Scotland joining women’s organisations in campaigning to end violence against women.

Join the campaign and make your personal pledge –


Hammermen Awards – Three winners from GKC

Glasgow Kelvin College have been very successful at this year’s Hammermen Awards picking up three top prizes as follows.

  • First Prize – Taylor Aitchison – HND Mechanical Engineering 2A
  • Runner-up – Jonathan Paterson – HNC Manufacturing Engineering
  • Runner-up – Matthew Campbell – HND Mechanical Engineering 1A

Congratulations to everyone involved.


New Foundation Apprenticeships Getting Ready to Recruit

The new regional Foundation Apprenticeships kicked off with a launch and Open Days took place at the three Glasgow colleges this week.

Schools were invited to bring in their S5 pupils who will be interested in pursuing a career in any of the vocations within the framework.  The College is the lead partner in this programme and is delighted that the process is finally underway.  Supported by SDS and the other two colleges, we have established a website at   More information will appear soon on the College website.

Here are a few pictures from the Open Day at GKC.


GKC Ladies 10K Team

GKC are hoping to enter a ladies team for the Great Run taking place on Sunday 5 June 2016.

Carol Goodwin is the team leader and will support all team members with some training sessions. The first  taking place this Sunday at 11am in Rouken Glen Park – meeting at the garden centre.

Great – so you fancy joining up and raising money for your chosen charity (this is up to each individual who they want to support).

Contact Carol and take up the challenge.

Registration fee is £25 – find out more about the race and to register click here.


We are finished for another week, but make sure you keep us up to date with all you activities and email the details to Tracey on

See you back here next week.

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