Success Is All Round Us!

The October break is about to begin, but before you all disappear for a weeks well deserved relaxation, have a look at what fellow students and staff members have been up to this week.


Silky Smooth for Cystic Fibrosis…

cystic-fibrosis-fundraiserOur NQ Business Accounts Enterprise Group students have raised a fabulous £402 so far for Cystic Fibrosis Scotland – the Butterfly Trust.  Staff and students at Springburn campus got to make their donations by selecting who, from a bold field of seven game (and fairly hirsute) candidates, would be offered up for ‘waxing’…

The runaway winner was Iain Campbell from the Faculty of Engineering, Construction & Science who will face his challenge on the 24th of October – poor thing – when he will emerge, silky smooth, for a good and worthwhile cause.

The students are still fundraising until that date so please keep giving generously.  Thanks to everyone who volunteered for this and well done to the students for their ongoing hard work for this great charity!


Music Success

Music Business students had a great night at the Scottish Alternative Music Awards, on Wednesday the 12th of October.

Ex GKC student Charlotte Brimner, AKA Be Charlotte, won Best Electronic Act and another ex student, Jamie Coltart, won Best Alternative Rock Act.

Congratulations to both of them.

To see pictures of the winners visit the Scottish Alternative Music Awards Facebook page.


New Partnership with Scotrail and Cricket Scotland

And yet more good news on the Community Achievement Awards front  –  At a launch this week at Cricket Scotland’s ground in Pollok, the College’s newly established partnership with Scotrail and Cricket Scotland in the delivery of CAAs will be launched.  More detail in full, with pics, in next week’s edition!



This year we received funding from Glasgow City Council Education Services to support the Schools Automotive Vocational Group in building a  KITCAR.

The young people have started to strip the “donor vehicle” and the next stage is to assemble the   GKC KIT CAR. The Body and Paint full time students have also been involved-spraying the chassis frame and assembling the floor and side panels

Watch out for future updates!


Visit to Clyde Wind Farm

Glasgow Kelvin HND Electrical Engineering students and staff visited Clyde Wind Farm, courtesy of Scottish and Southern Energy.

Our Year 2 HND students enjoyed visiting this 350 MW wind farm situated at Abingdon between Biggar and Moffat in South Lanarkshire. The 152 Turbines are spread across about 42 square kilometres.

Our students also visited the construction site for 54 new turbines which will extend the capacity of the wind farm by 173 Megawatt.  Engineers from SSE showed our students and staff around the site. The sheer size of the turbines can only be appreciated when someone is standing next to them.

As can be seen it was pretty windy at times – it is a wind farm after all.


Ada Lovelace Day

Tuesday the 11th of October was Ada Lovelace Day. This was a celebration of women in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). This occasion also honours the woman who was the world’s first computer programmer.

Ada Lovelace was the daughter of English poet Lord Byron and is best-known for the work she did on mathematician Charles Babbage’s Analytical Engine.  This was an early idea for a general-purpose computer. Beyond that, though, she has become a symbol for women in a field that still employs few female engineers.

So the inaugural meeting of the Glasgow Kelvin Ada Engineers was held to bring together students from Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Civil Engineering. Delegates discussed their experiences in Engineering, academic progression, professional registration, and employment opportunities.


Treat Your Toes

pedicureFrom Thursday the 27th of October 2016 Luxury Pedicure appointments will be available, in room 217, in the Springburn Campus, at 12.15pm or 1.30pm

These will be the times for every Thursday from the 27th onwards.

Pedicures are always popular to please book early to avoid disappointment.  The telephone number for booking is 0141-630-4588.


Student Document Library

We have created a document library in the ICT services area of the Intranet called Student ICT User Guides.

At the moment there is just the one document in there, about how to downloads and install Microsoft Office, but we plan to add more information and “how-to” guides so that students will have a go-to location to get information on College ICT resources.

To make it easier for students to access the library, there is a link available on the College website which will take them directly to it.

As well as the link on the web site, we now have a link to the Student ICT User Guides library on Moodle, courtesy of Tom McInnes.


Big School Dinner

big-school-dinner-poster-finaldraftThe catering and construction departments are involved in a partnership venture with ‘Building learning – Heritage learning consultancy’.

They are involved with the Parkhead School renovation .. more detail on the attached poster.  Our part is to provide  a ‘school dinner’ for former school pupils (the school closed in the late 1960s).  Catering students are providing the food in old school diner style (sausage and mash, cake and custard with a modern twist) and the Construction students are making mini old fashioned black boards as table decoration and to allow guests to write memories on (with plans  to create a memoir  of school stories from back in the day to be released with the re opening of the building in 2017)

The dinner takes place on the 5th of November 2016.  If you know anyone that attended the school (parent, grandparent) then let them know about this event – its not too late to book your place.


Finished for another week, but check back soon for more updates and enjoy your week off!

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