Ambassadors, MSPs and Pipers!

It has been a busy, busy week this week.  Courses opened for application, students got nominated for an award and we had a Ministerial Visit, so it has been all go.

I’m sure you want to find out all about it.

Ministerial Visit

On Tuesday the 24th of January, Shirley-Anne Somerville MSP, Minister for Further Education, Higher Education & Science paid the college’s East End Campus a visit.

On arrival the Minister was met by Irving Hodgson, Chair and Alan Sherry, Principal, before taking a tour of the Construction Workshops, where she met and talked with 1st Year Joinery Apprentices and 4th Year Apprentices.

Next up was a visit to the Training Kitchen where our NC Level 5 Hospitality students got the opportunity to show off their skills.

Fashion Trip to Nuremberg

The Fashion department travelled to Nuremberg last weekend to take part in a celebration commemorating the 25th anniversary of Burns weekend. Sponsored by Glasgow City Council and Nuremberg Council, staff members Sandra Thomson and Elaine Carswell travelled with 4 HN1 students and 12 student creations to take part in a fashion show at the Grand Central hotel, attended by the Mayor of Nuremberg, Ulrich Maly and the Depute Lord Provost of Glasgow, Gerry Leonard.

The event was also attended by representatives of Glasgow Tradeshouse and many distinguished guests from both councils and industry. The GKC fashion team also attended a Ceilidh on the Friday night and dined with The Glasgow City council delegation on the Sunday night at a traditional Franconian restaurant.

The HN1 fashion students have been researching Robert Burns and have used this inspiration in the creation of their garments. The full collection will be showcased at our fashion show in May in St Andrew’s in the Square.

Student Ambassadors

We have four student volunteer who are now trained as Student Ambassadors for Glasgow Kelvin College. Shaun, Lynn, Sally and Yvonne have undergone training with Keith from SDS and will be promoting services available through My World of Work.

The Ambassadors will act as champions for ‘Experience of Work’ activities. Helping spread the word about resources available, organising events and engaging with staff and other students.


GKC Exchange 2017

Glasgow Kelvin College is hosting some wonderful music students from the likes of Finland and Poland for the next three weeks.

It didn’t take long for everything to get involved and play.

For more pictures visit the GKC Music and Sound Facebook Album


Tea at GKC

esolThe third “Tea at GKC” of the year was held in Springburn Campus attended by ESOL Students and students from Beauty. There was a Burns theme and Candy Rankin led the group in singing “A Man’s a Man”. Everyone agreed that it was a really enjoyable experience.

Comments included “a braw time for a’ that”,” great chance to meet fellow students from all cultures throughout the college”.

There was talk of organising meet ups with students from different countries and sharing beauty traditions e g henna treatments.

Yet again Zeyad from the Learner’s Association excelled himself providing an array of fruit, soft drinks and pastries.

If anyone is interested in being involved in future “Teas”, please contact George Gillen or David Walker.


Piper Visit

rona-the-piperLast Friday, ESOL students at East End had the pleasure of welcoming piper Rona to their class. Rona told the students all about the bagpipes and played a few songs to everyone’s delight (although some had to cover their ears!).

Students were keen to ask lots of questions and one even got the chance to try playing the pipes himself. Many thanks to Rona for a very enjoyable and informative visit.



Personal Achievement Award 2 group are currently displaying a large mixed media painting in the corridor on the ground floor at the Easterhouse Campus.

The painting is inspired by an African landscape. The animals are all made from re-cycled material.

The artwork will be displayed from the 20th of January until the 20th of February 2017.

This is part of their Eco-Awareness course.



FILMG Shortlist

filming-gaelicGlasgow Kelvin College’s Gaelic learners have been shortlisted in FILMG, the national Gaelic short film competition. In the comedy, Leasan, a cruel Gaelic tutor teaches pupils insults when they think they’re learning the basics.

The HN2 TV students and  their lecturers Stella Tobia and FIona McEwan were approached by lecturer Ishbel Murray and student Katie Noble from the Gaelic Class, to ask if they would help to film and edit the comedy short that was scripted by Katie.

It was filmed in and around West Campus with members of both classes as actors and it was then edited by Caitlin Alexander from HN2 TV.

Watch the students on set in the video link below (click on the picture). Don’t forget to vote, you can do this by clicking the yellow ‘vote’ button.filmg


Duke of Edinburgh Foodbank

food-bank-foodsNiall Crawford, one of our Lecturers, helps to run two of the Duke of Edinburgh groups in the college, one in the East End campus and another in Springburn. The Springburn group have been working to start up a food bank within the college, designed to help students in the college who are struggling to attend college and be able to afford food. If a student is left with the choice of paying for transport to college or for dinner, then they won’t choose college. This way we can help them to do both.

So far the students have managed to raise a bit of money, locate a place for the food bank, and obtained some shelves for use. Now they need to begin taking in donations from people at the college. To that end, they’ve bought a box to be placed at reception that people can drop off food donations.

In the long run, Niall hopes they can setup monthly or bimonthly drives for food donations where guidance tutors could ask for donations from classes, and possibly a voucher system set up where people can donate money which then pays for a voucher for soup at the canteen.

The kinds of things they are looking for are:

  • Non-perishable foods – Dried pasta/ rice, Tinned foods/ cooking sauces, Cereals, UHT products, Juice cartons, dried fruits/ nuts, Tea/ Coffee, Jam/ Marmalade.
  • Toiletries – Toilet roll, toothbrush/ toothpaste, Shower gel/soap, Shampoo, Razors, Feminine hygiene products, Deodorants, Baby foods/ Nappies.



Consent ….. It’s as simple as tea!


Applications OPEN

open-for-applcationApplications for Full Time courses are now open.

We have a wide range of courses available, so why not have a look and see if there is a course that would suit you.

Don’t delay in applying as some courses fill very quickly.  Visit – – to see what we have on offer.


Finished again for another week, have a great weekend and check back soon!

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