Learning and Progressing!

Welcome to Glasgow Kelvin College’s weekly blog update.

We have a few good items for you this week, so we will get started.


Congratulations to …

congratulationsLucy Anderson and Frankie Andrews, who have not only successfully completed their HND Computing: Technical Support course at the college, but they have also successfully completed a 4 week work experience opportunity with the college ICT team!

Lucy has also successfully completed a further 2 week work experience opportunity with the college MIS team.

Good luck to you both when you begin your college degree in Cyber Security in the next couple of weeks!


Dancing Techniques

The Dance students welcomed two industry workshops this week with both Paul Disefano of Joffrey Ballet Co. and Pamela Distefano, whose credits include Lady GaGa, Usher, Katy Perry amongst others, work-shopped the dance students in Contemporary and Commercial techniques.

Following this, the dancers had an opportunity to discuss industry related themes during a Q+A session with both artists.

The students find these experiences hugely beneficial as they progress from college to industry standard and we would like to thank both artists and the college for supporting the students through there training.


Historical Advancements

Bob McDonald and Colin Findlay (both Engineers) presenting to the HNC Computer Aided Draughting students – The presentation was on the historical mining activities at Farme Colliery in Rutherglen, drawings dating back to 1924 outlining the underground workings of the pit were discovered in the Mitchell library by Bob and Colin and they have asked the HNC CAD students as part of their studies to produce both an electronic 3D model and a 3D printed model of the drawings.

The project is being funded by South Lanarkshire Council and it is hoped that the 3D models will be displayed in Rutherglen Library to inform future generations about mining activities in the local area.


School Partnership

This is the 4th year of our successful partnership with St Mungos School

All of their 4th year young people  attend EASTEND Campus on a Monday afternoon. They can choose from a range of courses and this year, for the first time, we have Science and Hospitality on offer.

Many progress onto Schools Vocational Programmes or full time courses at Kelvin.


Tomorrow’s Engineers

As part of the Tomorrow’s Engineers initiative, Engineering UK will be training school teachers to build and programme Lego Mindstorms robots at Springburn Campus. The event is supported by Energy skills Partnership, and 30 teachers from all over Scotland will attend.

Lego Mindstorms introduces students to STEM with a very current and real-world theme – travelling to and living on Mars! Students work as scientists and engineers as they progress though a set of lessons, challenges, and projects that fully integrate Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths concepts while prompting creative problem solving, communication, and teamwork.

Tomorrow’s Engineers is more than a one stop shop for information and resources about the amazing careers available in engineering. It also runs a schools programme to help inspire the next generation of engineers which reached over 200,000 young people in 2015.

Working with businesses, not for profit organisations and charities, the programme is made up of a number of initiatives, such as industry visits, workshops, Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) Ambassador partnerships and careers resources, to help schools to incorporate engineering into the current curriculum and plant the seeds needed to grow local engineering talent required by businesses.

Tomorrow’s Engineers is led by EngineeringUK and the Royal Academy of Engineering, with support from other organisations.

If you would like to find out more about Tomorrow’s Engineers activities, get in touch at contactus@tomorrowsengineers.org.uk.


Fashion Trip

The HN2 fashion students have just returned from a jam packed two day trip to London to buy fabrics for their end of year collections and bridal garments. After a day of culture and sightseeing on Sunday, they were early to bed in preparation for their marathon fabric sourcing trip on Monday.

The group visited Berwick Street, just off Oxford Street, which is a famous fabric buying destination before travelling further along the Central line to Shepherds Bush. On Goldhawke Road the students were faced with the challenge of finding their fabric in one of the 18 fabric stores, quite a treat considering Glasgow city centre has a grand total of 3! Before returning home again on Tuesday  a trip was organised to Covent Garden to visit a specialist bead shop.

Garment manufacture commences next week and we can’t wait to see their final creations.


Cystic Fibrosis Fundraiser

cysticA fundraiser for Cystic Fibrosis will be held, in the Springburn Campus, on Monday the 10th of October.

You can pick a lecturer to get waxed, take part in a tombola or get a Henna tattoo.

Support your fellow students and pop along on the day.


Uni-Cycle Maintenance Workshops

Maintenance Classes Poster MasterIf you want to fix your bike yourself, whether a complete beginner or more experienced, Uni-Cycle can help.  They run free bike maintenance classes for all abilities.

If you are interested in attending one of the workshops or you are looking  to host a maintenance workshop, please contact unicycleglasgow on Facebook or call 0141 248 5409.


We are finished for another week, make sure you come back next week for more GKC stories, events and general  good news.

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