Exchange, Experience and Engage!

Another week, another Blog update and we have lots of interesting things to pass on.

From students visiting the British Embassy in Moscow to Civil Engineering students taking part in a variety of activities, plus an award winning team, so let’s get started.


Students Guests of British Embassy in Moscow

A group of students from Glasgow Kelvin College and University of the West of Scotland accompanied by a staff member from University of the West of Scotland, have just returned from a three-week educational exchange visit to the Don State University of Technology in Rostov-on-Don, Russia.

On their way home the students stopped in Moscow where they were guests at the British Embassy.

Here, Ian Proud, Counsellor – Economic, Trade and Energy of the British Embassy Moscow, tells us about their visit.

russian-tripI was delighted to welcome a group of students from Glasgow Kelvin College to the British Ambassador’s Residence in Moscow on 9 September 2016.  The students were returning home, via Moscow, following a very successful study exchange in Rostov-on-Don – Glasgow’s twin city in Russia.  It was abundantly clear to me that the students had really enjoyed the experience of studying in Rostov – two of the students had studied jewellery design and the others civil engineering.  They told me of the warm reception they had received from fellow students in Russia and how this had helped a lot in making them feel at home, and make the most of the opportunity of studying in a foreign country.


krelim-buildingWe enjoyed tea and cake at the Residence and I gave them a tour of the building, which was built in the 19th Century and which became the British Embassy in 1931.  It is a wonderful historic building, overlooking the Kremlin from the opposite bank of the Moscow river, and has a tremendous history – Winston Churchill and Stalin famously had meetings in the building during the Second World War, for example.  Today it serves as the Residence of the British Ambassador and the venue for formal diplomatic entertainment and events with partners in Russia and visitors from the UK, among whom rank Prime Ministers and members of the Royal Family.  It was great to have a chance to give the students from Glasgow Kelvin an ‘exclusive’ tour and they seemed really to enjoy it.


Following this trip I went straight to the airport to fly down to Rostov-on-Don and meet the visiting delegation from Glasgow, there to celebrate 30 years of partnership with Rostov during a weekend devoted to Rostov’s city day (a birthday party of the city). I was fortunate enough to meet up with Alan Sherry and a representative from the Rostov State University, both of whom were clearly delighted by the performance of Kelvin’s students while in Rostov.   I was so impressed to learn about this valuable educational partnership between Glasgow Kelvin and Rostov and look forward to greeting future students from Kelvin, should they pass through Moscow again during my time here.

Thank you to Ian for taking the time to write this and for providing the pictures.

You can see pictures of Alan Sherry, Principal of GKC and Ian Proud, Counsellor – Economic, Trade and Energy of the British Embassy Moscow, enjoying a performance by the Rostov Olympic Gymnasts school HERE.


Valuable Experience …

Six of our 2nd Year HND Civil Engineering students have returned from summer work placements with Robertson Construction with smiles on their faces and a newfound determination to work in the  industry. Alister Blyth, Shino Chawash, Conner Gordon, Lewis Guild, Tom Hughes and Scott McKendrick all landed work placement after a Site Visit to the Huntershill Sport Hub site organised by the Civil Engineering team before the summer break.

A big thank you to Robertson’s Construction for giving our students the opportunity to get valuable work experience.


… Site Visits …

civil-engineering-site-visitFirst year Civil Engineers visited Robertson Construction’s site at their Huntershill project in Bishopbriggs this week.  The project is a 7 million pound Sports Hub.

Students experienced construction activities of the new running track, football pitches and bespoke sports pavilion building.


… And Important Professions

GKC was fortunate to host Donna Surgeoner of the Institution of Civil Engineers as a guest speaker this week (Tuesday the 13th September).

She spoke to over 100 of our Year 1 Civil Engineering students (full time, day release and foundation apprenticeship) over the afternoon, lecturing on the importance of Civil Engineering as a profession, why continuing professional development is important, and the benefits of joining an organisation such as I.C.E.


‘Tophat’ Tap Workshop

Some photographs of our HND Professional Dance Performance Students taking part in a tap dance workshop.

Dancer Sarah-Marie Maxwell who has recently performed on tour as part of the cast of the musical ‘Tophat’ delivered a 2 hour workshop to our budding performers.

The students found the workshop extremely quick paced and very enjoyable, thus setting them up for auditions when they graduate.


Win for John Wheatley Learning Network a Testament to Partnership Working

inspirig-city-awardsThe John Wheatley Learning Network has won the prestigious Education Award at the Inspiring City – PEOPLE MAKE GLASGOW Awards 2016!

The network, which brings digital access and learning to some of Scotland’s most digitally excluded communities, is delivered in partnership between Glasgow Kelvin College,  Wheatley Group and supported by Glasgow City Council Community Planning Partnership.

From an impressive field of five worthy candidates, the Learning Network’s win was announced at the glittering Herald Inspiring City Awards ceremony in Glasgow’s Radisson Blu Hotel.  The Education Award, sponsored by Glasgow Taxis, recognises a pioneering achievement that has made an impact on the learning and development of Glasgow citizens at all levels.

With state-of-the-art digital centres in 35 host locations in and around Glasgow, the John Wheatley Learning Network is open to local residents, providing access to Click & Connect computing technology to help with staying in touch, job searching, employability, shopping, paying bills – many of the things others take for granted.

Network users also have the opportunity to learn new skills and gain qualifications with college tutor and volunteer support.

For the full story, visit our website.


That is us for another week, we hope you enjoyed this week’s update.

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Have a good weekend!

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