Gifts, Team Building and Lunches!

Welcome to our last Blog update of 2016!

Our students have been busy right up to the end, continuing with their fundraising and attending presentations.  However, they have also managed to slot in a fun activity or two.


Gifts Bags

students-making-up-giftbagsThe students have gone full force behind the Barnardos Scotland Christmas appeal this year.  Our Level 4 Beauty and Level 4 Hairdressing EVIP students teamed up with the Level 4 Introduction to Service Industries students to fundraise and collect donations for the all-important gift bags.

They put together around 40 gift bags for children aged between 6months and 16yrs – these will make such a difference to children and young people who perhaps may not have had the best of Christmases this year.

A massive well-done to everyone involved for all their hard work!  Thanks to all who donated and let’s keep supporting this really worthy cause.


Fundraising Champions

Level 4 Business Administration and Enterprise students have been doing very well with their collective enterprise fundraising projects.

Firstly, David ran the Reindeer dash on Sunday and his group has raised about £175 to be split between Glasgow Children’s Hospital and Sense Scotland.

The other 2 groups have arranged an uplift from tomorrow from Maryhill Integration Network.  They will distribute the clothing/ toys and bedding to families in need.

Also Level 1 Personal Achievement Awards learners sold their hand made Christmas decoration . The group made £66. to donate to Charity.

Congratulations to all the students involved!


IMechE Presentation

The presentation was given by Sandra Mulligan from the Institute of Mechanical Engineers.  During the presentation Sandra discussed the history of the institute, the role IMechE plays in society and the benefits membership offers to students.  Every student in attendance was given free student membership to IMechE that will continue through their whole time in study and free access to their engineering handbook app which usually costs £14.

In attendance at the presentation was the HND Mechanical first and second years, HNC CAD and NC Manufacturing classes.


Future Leaders Event

future-leaders-event20 of the College’s Access to Nursing and National 4 Care students were involved recently in the Future Leaders for Care event at University of West of Scotland, where they worked with other care professionals and students to examine and report on the future role of leaders in the care sector.

The consultation event included guest speakers – Rodger Harkins, Director of Coaching at Scottish Athletics, who gave the address recently at our College graduation ceremony, and Jo Butterfield, Para Olympian and medal winner who discussed her own experience of care provision.  Our students were invited to discuss their thoughts and views within groups and report back.  They were really enthusiastic and keen to learn more from the event and bring that learning back to their studies here at GKC to help them reflect on their own practice.

An enjoyable and thought provoking session, the students found the speakers truly inspirational and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.


Festive Lunch

The catering students in action preparing and serving  at the Rowan Restaurant Christmas lunch.

The hospitality students have been joined all week with students singing from the music department.


College Achieves Target for Anti-Violence Against Women Campaign

whiteribtransitlw1016Students at Glasgow Kelvin College have become the first Scottish College to achieve their initial target of 500 Pledges for the White Ribbon Scotland Campaign for Men Working To End Violence Against Women (VAW).

From September of this year students and staff have been working hard to achieve White Ribbon status in recognition of their efforts to involve more men in addressing VAW.  They have now burst their target by encouraging 510 people to commit and the work continues to allow more students and staff to express their opposition to Violence Against Women by taking the White Ribbon Scotland pledge.

White Ribbon Scotland make their aims clear.  The majority of men in Scotland are not violent towards women.  However, historically it has been seen as the preserve of women’s organisations to campaign against the issue.

The campaign encourages men to speak out and sign up to the pledge,  “I pledge never to commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women in all its forms”.

Glasgow Kelvin College’s Learner Engagement Officer, Arlene Sweeney, is one of 200 trained volunteer Speakers in Scotland.  Bringing the message into the College, she arranged training for 3 students and 3 staff members to help her deliver talks, presentations and engagement sessions across the campuses.  Arlene has worked tirelessly to achieve the target.

For more on this visit our website news page.


Fashion Team Building

After a busy few weeks of coursework and fundraising the fashion team had a festive afternoon with Christmas lunch in the department followed by a trip to the bowling.

A great team building event that allowed our NC and HND students to get together and have some fun away from the fashion workrooms.

Well done to Jodie who was the highest scorer of the afternoon


New Course – Technical Theatre and Event Support

theare-platformWe have an exciting new course, Technical Theatre and Event Support, starting in February 2017 and we are recruiting for it now.

This is a 13 week programme, run in partnership with the Glasgow East End Arts Company, which gives the opportunity to learn and develop new skills in Sound, Lighting, Event set up and Event Crewing.  There is also a 4 week placement in Platform and you will gain experience behind the scenes at gigs, plays, musicals and other events.

This is a Skills Development Scotland Employability Fund programme, so eligibility criteria applies.  For more information, or to find out if you or someone you know is eligible, please email or call Elaine McIntyre on 0141 630 5000.

For more on this course and other courses starting early in the New Year, visit or January Courses page.


Finished for another week and year,  We will return on Friday the 13th of January 2017.

Have a great Christmas and New  Year!

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