Start the Year As We Mean To Go On

The academic year has officially started.  Students new and returning have taken their place in the classes.

We have a lot of updates and news for you this week, so we better get started.


Congratulations to ….

William MacAskillWilliam MacAskill for winning the Young Achiever of the Year category at the annual SCEPTRE Awards, which recognises best practice and the best people working in shopping centre management throughout the UK.  William was presented with his award during a presentation ceremony at the Dorchester Hotel in London.

William is moving into his final year at Glasgow Kelvin College, where he is undertaking a Service, Maintain and Commission Building Engineering Services modern apprenticeship and he works at INTU Breahead.  Jamie Hepurn, Minister for Employability, visited William at INTU to congratulate him.

William has also previously scooped the college’s Best Apprentice of the Year award and then went on to achieve the Scottish National Apprentice of the Year Award.


Also To ….

John Thomson for winning the SKILLfridge semi-final in SERC Lisburn NI.

John will now compete in the final which will be held in the NEC in Birmingham in November.

Chad Meechan was a highly commendable 4th in the same competition.


Learning Legacy of Historic Glasgow Building Preserved

StowArchiveGSA01Glasgow Kelvin College is to share the archive for the iconic Stow building, a familiar Glasgow landmark, with The Glasgow School of Art which has purchased the building and site as part of its Garnethill campus development programme it was confirmed today, 18 August 2016.

At a small ceremony held this week to mark the transition, Principal Alan Sherry of Glasgow Kelvin College showed material from the archive to Professor Tom Inns, Director of The Glasgow School of Art.

The archive contains a wide range of materials including photographs, city plans, floorplans, former students’ certificates and qualifications collected over the last 80 years, plus a wealth of written materials and testimonials which have been digitised for ease of access. The archive dates back to Stow’s days as a teacher-training college and also contains mementoes of its great industrial and engineering heritage.

For the full story, visit our web page.


Art Representation

Art lecturers Nicola Carberry, Dominic Snyder and Alastair Strachan represented Scotland at this summer’s Festival Celtique in Lorient, France. This is an annual festival celebrating the art, music and culture of the Celtic nations held over a week in August.

Nicola is also shortlisted for the Derwent Drawing prize. Please vote for her at

She is also showing work at the Royal Scottish Academy in Edinburgh as well as the Makers Gallery in Alloa in what is proving to be a busy summer.


Delighted to be Member of the Week!

CommerceGlasgow Kelvin College has been nominated Glasgow Chamber of Commerce ‘Member of the Week’ due to the great news about our Bridge 2 Business students’ Highly Commended recognition for Entrepreneurial Excellence and their innovative product ‘Stay Focused’.

We’re very proud of their achievements and it’s even nicer when we can bask in their reflected glory!  Well done, once again, to all the staff who were involved with their success!

See the full story.


Icebreaking Art Students

Our HND 1 Art students were tasked with sourcing materials, working collaboratively and imaginatively and creating homes that would provide overnight shelter as an ice breaker project.

They responded superbly, working all day to produce these great structures.


College delighted at Queens Cross Housing Assoc partnership funding award

Partners Queens Cross Housing Association have just announced an award of almost £18,000 from the Digital Xtra fund to support their Digital Inclusion and Youth Work projects where GKC is a key partner.

The College will support QCHA to deliver a seven-month ICT-based programme aimed at young people who will learn coding skills in the field of computer games.  Based in the Woodside and Westercommon areas, young people can drop-in on a weekly basis and, using the capacity of Minecraft, create building challenges which visualise their own ideal community.

A further element of this innovative programme will see young people building their own computers using Raspberry Pi (

All good stuff – it will spark young interest in computing science and address many of the aims of Glasgow’s Thriving Places agenda.  Added to that, it will involve the College in this very local initiative to build capacity into the communities of the North of Glasgow.

Well done to those staff who have supported and led our partnership negotiations and we’re all looking forward to this exciting time.


John Wheatley Learning Network Shortlisted for Awards!

CCToryglen0716RaymondJohn Wheatley Learning Network – the flourishing partnership between Glasgow Kelvin College and Wheatley Group – has been nominated for two prestigious awards!

Firstly, the Learning Network has been shortlisted for the O2 NextGen Digital Challenge Awards 2016 in the Digital Skills category.  A great accolade, the winners of this prestigious national award will be announced in October 2016 at an event being held in the House of Lords.

In addition, the Herald/Glasgow Chamber of Commerce sponsored Inspiring City Awards – People Make Glasgow 2016 has recognised the stellar work of the John Wheatley Learning Network by shortlisting it in the Education category.  A gala dinner and awards ceremony will be held at Raddison Blu Hotel in early September where the lucky winners will be announced.

More about this story can be found on our website.

Student Exchange to Rostov

Rostov 1On Friday 19th August 2016, 7 GKC students, 2 UWS students and 1 UWS lecturer flew out to Rostov on Don in Russia to take part in the annual student exchange visit with Don State Technical University.  Formerly just an exchange for Civil Engineering students, this year the University have also invited two Building Services students as well as two students from out HND Jewellery course.

Our students are not the only visitors as this is an international exchange and in the past has included students from Moldova and China.  This year students from Vienna University of Technology will be participating. The Civil Engineering students will take part in a 3-week summer school devoted to energy-efficient construction of low-rise cottage villages and the Building Services summer school will devoted to the use of heat pumps for heating and cooling of buildings.  A full programme is also being devised for the 2 Jewellery students who will be studying under

Rostov 2Irina Protopopova, a prominent artist and jeweller who visited GKC in June 2016 and delivered a workshop in jewellery and one in the art of felting.  It’s not all hard work though and the students will be invited to take part in some cultural and leisure activities with their hosts.  Some of the students have also opted for an overnight stay in the beautiful city of Moscow on the way back and have received an invitation to visit the residence of the British Ambassador and be shown around.


Give Rugby A Try

rugbyFancy trying out rugby?  Well now you have the opportunity.  The first Session will be held on Wednesday the 27th September from 1.00 to 4.00 pm, at the GHA Rugby Club (transport will be provided to and from venue)

You will need to bring football/rugby boots and sports kit.  Also at this time it is for males only and from age 16 upwards.

If you are interested please contact Ryan on


Off the Beatson Track – Reminder

Team Inspiration LogoCandy Rankin and Team Inspiration are getting ready to take on the challenge of the 6.5 mile walk through Glasgow’s west end this coming Sunday.

An email and item on the blog was circulated towards the beginning of August asking for participants and donors but it is not too late to take part.

You can look at details by going to Beatson Cancer Charity and registering under your own name.  If you can let me know before Friday, we can arrange to meet up on the day.  I have some people from outside college participating too and the organisers will need to know numbers before the event.  Please also read the attached info.

Candy also has a Justgiving page for anyone who wants to donate to this worthy cause.

Mindfulness Based Living Course (MBLC) – Taster Sessions

MindfulnessThe MBLC is a two hour, 8 week course. It is designed by the Mindfulness Association and you do not need any experience of mindfulness to participate. It is also open to people who have attended previous mindfulness courses It is hoped to run several courses throughout the year at different campuses.

In order to give people a flavour of what is required, taster sessions will be held on Tuesday 30th August from 5-7 in MF12/14 at East End and on Wednesday 31st August in Room 317 from 5-7 in Room 317 at Springburn.

If you wish to attend or would like to find out more please contact George Gillen at

FAQ – What is Mindfulness?

“Mindfulness means maintaining a moment-by-moment, non- judgmental awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations and surrounding environment” John Kabat-Zin

Mindfulness can be practiced in everyday life and also as a meditation technique.

What are the benefits of Mindfulness?

  • Research show that regular practice of Mindfulness can help to:
  • Manage stress
  • Lift mood
  • Improve relationships
  • Lessen pain
  • Enhance creativity and much more


College Social Media

Did you know that the college uses a few different Social Media platforms to help keep you up to date?

These include:

The success of these all rely on us getting information from you, so we need you to keep us up to date with any events or activities you may be involved in – even if its just a quick snap taken on your phone.  We can tweet it and post it to Facebook.

Upcoming events can be put on the website, in the blog and published on Facebook. You can also send small pieces on what you have been involved in – fundraising etc.

All we need is the text/pictures/web links and we will do the rest. Email anything you want included to Tracey at


That’s everything covered for this week.  Have a great weekend and check back here next Friday.



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