Trips, Trails and Talent

A busy week again this week for both staff and students.  We have a bounty of news and information for you.


Women into Engineering and Tech

bbc-event-women-into-engineering-and-techOn Friday 11th November 2016 a number of our female Engineering students attended a ‘Women into Engineering and Tech’ event at the BBC building, Glasgow, organised by Interconnect Glasgow.

The event discussed the role of women in STEM and then went onto look at the role technology plays in the BBC, both in the past, present and future. After that there was a BBC panel who discussed recruitment and successful applications for the BBC. The event was finished off with a ‘virtual tour’ of different engineering role within the BBC, STV and Arqiva.


HNC CAD Class Visit to the National Mining Museum

The students from the HNC CAD class travelled through to the National Mining Museum in Newtongrange on the 15th of November.  As previously mentioned, the class are undertaking a project that will 3D map historical drawings from a pit that closed over 100 years ago.

The purpose of the visit was to give students an insight into both the technical and historical aspects of coal mining in Scotland and provide inspiration to complete the project.


Another Prestigious Award for the Learning Network

The John Wheatley Learning Network has received yet another award!   The Network, formed in partnership with Wheatley Group plc and North East Glasgow Community Planning Partnership, has won the Excellence in Developing Skills and Capacity category at the Chartered Institute of Housing Excellence Awards.

This award was aimed at programmes or projects which clearly demonstrated how they have fulfilled the following criteria:

  • Developed a culture of learning and improvement and
  • Developed innovative approaches to learning and development

The win was announced at the Chartered Institute of Housing Excellence Awards Dinner on Friday at the Double Tree Hotel in Glasgow.  More information and photo will be posted as soon as it’s available but, in the meantime, a huge well done to everyone involved!  Watch this space…..


MCR Pathways Have A Night to Remember

The MCR Pathways Young Glasgow Talent programme held a highly successful exhibition launch at Glasgow’s Kelvingrove Galleries last week.  A valuable College partner, MCR Pathways run an excellent mentoring programme and several staff are already undergoing training to become mentors for care-experienced young people within this.

The exhibition, Bridge to the Future, displayed artwork from the Young Glasgow Talent participants and showed their remarkable skills in art, music and drama, as well as launching with an interview session from several of the mentors.

An excellent night and a very worthwhile programme


The Mural Trail

A successful morning session, on the 16th of November, for the Easterhouse Level 5 photography students. Their task was to photograph as many murals on the City Centre Mural Trail.

They battled the elements, displayed great map reading skills and learned about the artists behind the work. They captured some great images at the twelve murals they managed to visit. Sheltering from the rain was done in a productive way by way of popping into Street Level Gallery and viewing Larry Herman’s ‘Clydeside’ exhibition.


Victorian Experience For Latvian Visitors

Our Latvian visitors are nearing the end of their 2 week visit to GKC Fashion department.

They have stepped back in time to learn the traditional methods of pattern construction and Victorian corset manufacture. This was an ideal opportunity to not only learn about the history of costume but also to enhance their skill set.

The results are amazing, well done to all……


More About Our Visitors

Our visitors from Germany and Latvia enjoyed a tour of the Glasgow City Chambers this morning before heading to Edinburgh for the day. Thanks to our tour guide John. We wish our German exchange students a safe trip back to Nuremberg. You have been a pleasure to teach and are welcome back any time to GKC Fashion department.


Reclaim the Night

reclaimThe annual Reclaim the Night march in Glasgow will be taking place on Friday the 25th of November. The first of these marches in the UK began in response to the “Yorkshire Ripper” murders in the 1970’s. Women took a stand to affirm their right to walk the streets at any time of night or day, without fear of sexual violence or harassment.

Over the years, the Reclaim the Night demos, protests and vigils began to focus on Gender Based Violence and rape/sexual assault more generally. In 2014/15, 1,797 rapes and 104 attempted rapes were reported to the police in Scotland. In the same period, 9,557 sexual offences were reported – this was an increase of 11%, from the 8,604 sexual offences recorded the previous year. There is just a 3% conviction rate. This means that more rapists were convicted in the 1970s when Reclaim The Night marches first started than they are now.

We march to demand justice for victims of sexual assault and rape. We will be reclaiming a public space which we should feel safe to use everyday.

Victims are still blamed for sexual violence rather than the perpetrators. We march to demand our right to live without the fear or reality of rape and sexual violence.

This is an issue that cannot be ignored.

These marches are important to empower communities to challenge rape culture together.

Anyone who wants to join us in this supporting this event is welcome,There will be separate blocks to accommodate everyone. These will include (and are not limited to) a women and non-binary block, a child friendly block and a quiet block. There is also a general block where individual groups can join up

Meet up is at Glasgow Green at 18.30. With the march will begin at 19.00, , finishing at Strathclyde Students’ Association at 20.00 to hear a range of speakers.

sa-logoWe recommend you wear warm clothing and bring along glow-sticks, torches and banners/signs –

on behalf of GKC Student Association


Mindfulness Success

st-mungos-mindfulnessStudents from Childcare Saint Mungo’s recently completed a six week Mindfulness for Young People course led by George Gillen.

Feedback from the course was very positive and included comments such as

“before I do something big in my life and if I’m nervous I will use it to calm me and make me feel better about it “

and also

“I would recommend this as it is a great opportunity to calm yourself down. I have actually already recommended it and it’s helped people for sure. “


Working With Art

morag-mcnicolHND 2 Art student Morag McNicol has been given a wonderful opportunity not only to gain a work placement at the prestigious Royal Glasgow Institute Kelly Gallery in Glasgow but she will also be being paid during her time there!

The recognition of her skills and experience gained while studying Art & Design at GKC was instrumental in getting this opportunity and her placement is due to last from the beginning of October until the end of the RGI annual exhibition which opened November 12th at the Mitchell library.

Morag will be involved in working with some of Scotland’s most celebrated contemporary artists and experienced curators. She has even recruited one of her fellow students Iva Sedlackova as well as graduates Scott Lang and Iain McAulay to help out and they too have been gaining invaluable experience of the workings of curating and hanging a large exhibition. Well done Morag!

Glasgow Kelvin College art students will also be assisting with primary school workshops next week as part of the RGIs ‘Connections with Education’. They will be gaining valuable experience of teaching practice as well as being part of a professional exhibition.

The RGI annual exhibition is on at the Mitchell Library until the 26th November and includes work by art lecturers Nicola Carberry and Alastair Strachan.

The show was reviewed in Saturday’s Herald.


Community Craft

On Wednesday the 16th of November the Adult Learning Club/Community Craft club had a sale of works.  The sale was accompanied by adult learning club member Patrick performing a range of songs during the sale.

They had a very successful days trading as college staff purchased quite a few Christmas gifts.


Jewellery Christmas Sale

jewellery-dept-christmas-saleMake sure you go along to the Springburn Campus between the 28th of November and the 2nd of December, because the Jewellery Department is holding a Christmas Sale.

They will also be having a raffle with some fantastic prizes, only £1 per strip.


That is everything for this week, have a great weekend and we will see you back here next Friday.

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