Awards, Awards and More Awards!

Welcome back to out Blog after a couple of weeks break.  College is now over for our students, but the last week saw them getting awards and graduating.

Fantastic recognition of their successes.


The Last Degree

Visual Arts GraduationAnother successful year for our Visual Art Degree students.

This is them celebrating their graduation outside the Caird Hall in Dundee with degrees from our former partner Dundee University, the Scottish University of the Year in The Times & Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016, one of the top 20 universities worldwide under 50 years old (Times Higher Education 100 Under 50 2015), also ranked No. 1 in Scotland for six years running by the Times Higher Education (THE) Student Experience Survey (2010 – 2015).



Men’s 10K Success

Fraser KirklandOn Sunday 19th of June, Fraser Kirkland completed the Men’s 10K in Glasgow, to raise funds for the MS Society….Honest he did it …see photos below.

Fraser also managed to beat his previous personal best of 49:02, with a time of 46:36….

He would like to say a massive THANK YOU to everyone who has supported and sponsored him for this event, helping him raise a HUGE amount of money.

Thanks to your kindness and generosity Fraser has now surpassed his target of £300 raising a little over £700 for The Multiple Sclerosis Society, through his Just Giving Page and sponsorship sheets.

If anyone would still like to contribute they can do so via this link: – Fraser Kirkland is fundraising for Multiple Sclerosis Society


Gordon Presented with IFSD Award

HND Accounting student, Gordon McCorkell, was presented with the IFSD Award this year by Margaret Johnson , HR Director of Morgan Stanley.  The Award is presented to the most promising students at each of the colleges and universities in Glasgow every year and Gordon’s excellent performance more than qualified him as this year’s Glasgow Kelvin nominee.

This is a complete career change for Gordon, who is probably better known as Derek from BBC Scotland’s ‘River City’, and he is now taking his skills into the field of Finance and Accountancy.  Gordon’s personality and enthusiasm also helped to make him a clear choice for the award, as did his impressive record as a Class Rep for his fellow students.

Congratulations go to Gordon, with very best wishes for a promising future!


Splendid Summer Awards at Glasgow Kelvin College

A fabulous 2016 Summer Awards ceremony for non-advanced level students at Glasgow Kelvin College took place on Friday at Glasgow City Chambers.

Over 160 excited students from four faculties were nominated by their lecturers to be presented with College Awards at the busy Summer Awards 2016 Ceremony, where they were cheered on by friends and family.

College staff, partners, employers, elected members, schools and other stakeholder organisations were in attendance to lend their support.  A range of employer partners had sponsored trades awards, including CMPE, SPOA, Pump Action Ltd, SNIPEF, HRP Ltd and Vokera for which the College was extremely grateful.

The annual John Wheatley Awards, sponsored by Wheatley Group, Robert Bennie Trust and Parkhead Nazarene Church, were also awarded to students who had overcome significant challenges in order to achieve their qualifications.

Congratulations to everyone involved.


Congratulations to Rosemount Learners

Rosemount LearnersRosemount Lifelong Learning project in Royston Road celebrated the success of 9 of their learners recently on the ‘Time for a Change’ (TFAC) programme.

In partnership with Glasgow Kelvin College, they’ve supported the eighth group of TFAC learners to achieve a range of qualifications, such as REHIS, HeartStart, First Aid, Health & Safety as well as IT and confidence building skills.  The programme works closely with and is funded by other partners including Jobs & Business Glasgow, GHA, JobcentrePlus and People’s Community Fund.

The project aims to target local residents from north and north east Glasgow who have been on the margins of the labour market for some time and provide them with the appropriate employability skills to help them access job opportunities and improve their health & wellbeing.

Well done to all involved.


Glasgow Kelvin Student Presents to British Council and Colleges Development Network

Greg Paton, an HN Fashion student, was invited to talk to the British Council and colleagues from across further education and industry in Scotland about his experiences in India. Already recognised as an example of excellence in international partnership development, colleagues were interested to hear from Greg what he had learned from the Indian experience and how he thought it might be of benefit to him in his future career.

Greg gave a great presentation which talked about the impact both on him and the other students who visited India. He talked about learning new skills and techniques, but also about the personal impact the visit had had and opening up new cultures and ways of life.

Alastair McGhee, Business Development Director, who was also speaking at the event, talked about how the College’s international activity touched on areas across the college. A prime example of this was the Indian fashion show in Paisley, which involved over 150 students and staff in the organisation and delivery.


Marie Trust Awards

Marie Trust Awards-44The Marie Trust supports people facing barriers to access mainstream education due to homelessness, addiction, mental health, and offending behaviour.

Access to Social Sciences, a programme offered at GKC, is designed specifically to fit the needs and interests of the learners. Overall aim is to improve access to qualifications, develop progression routes and increase chances of rehabilitation and recovery and exit homelessness

On Wednesday 22nd students took  part in an end of year celebration at East End Campus where they were presented with certificates of achievement.


That’s us finished for this week, but check back again soon for new updates.

Have a great weekend!

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