Continually Working and Achieving!

We always seem to be busy here at Glasgow Kelvin, never a dull moment and always something going on.

We have another collection of stories and activity updates for you this week, so let’s get started.


Mentoring is Marvellous

MCR Pathways Young Glasgow Talent programme has been producing a series of videos involving their young people and mentors.  The latest of these features our very own Barbie Jordan, lecturer in Early Years & Childcare, who has been a mentor for the last four months.

Barbie gives an honest and inspirational account of her experiences with her mentee and is enthusiastic about the benefits of the mentoring programme for both of them.  It’s a great piece – a must-see.  If you’re considering mentoring then please watch:

See the full story on the Young Glasgow Talent site and watch the video above.


Collaborations and Partners

It’s been a very busy week in the art department at West.

The collaboration project with our partners at the Royal Glasgow Institute opened at the Kelly Gallery with Laura McLean, former president of the European Association of Teachers in Scotland and Associate Assessor at HMIE doing the honours. She congratulated all involved, including HND2 art students.

It was presentation time for HND 2s and Nadia decided to present in disguise!

Our technician Stevie Walker worked with music business students to produce Electric Honey t-shirts while being filmed by tv students; a great example of departmental collaboration.

Last but not least, Nil by Mouth gave a fabulous, entertaining presentation to HN1 and 2 art students outlining a brief for a collaborative competition which will be presented to and judged by industry professionals in block 3 with the winning design being used in an upcoming campaign.


Electric Honey 25!!!

electric-honeyAn update on the latest with Electric Honey’s 25yr anniversary.  The last week has seen our own prodigious Be Charlotte playing to a packed audience in Aberdeen – here’s Charlotte with former student, Susan Montgomery, helping to spread the Electric Honey message.

In addition, our NC Digital Design Class have been using the EH25 logo as part of their design and print exercise.  Collaborating with the Art department and supported by Stevie Walker, students printed up their own t-shirts with the eye-catching logo.  These are one-offs…   for the moment!


Keep Calm and Eat Cupcakes

cupcakesWhat’s the best way to increase your sugar levels and treat yourself on final hand in week? For me it’s a delicious chocolate brownie and for others it’s a little cupcake.  So well done to our Level 6 Photography/Bakery team for producing a fine selection of both (and more).

Students raised the best part of £75 during the morning break and lunch time rush. This is all part of their Enterprise Unit which teaches them great skills in preparation, organisation, teamwork, cash handling and ultimately real world commerce skills.

Students are raising money to produce a book and hold an exhibition in May. After an elf themed photo booth at Christmas and other events in the near future – our students are well on course to meet their targets.


More From Photography

Bafta Award winning photographer and film maker Chris Leslie gave a very informative and engaging talk to our photography students this week over at Springburn campus.

It was standing room only as the level 6 classes and the HN classes squeezed into the photography studio. Chris spoke about his first venture into photography 20 years ago when he set up a dark room in Sarajevo. He emphasised the fact that students don’t have to travel exotic locations to find a good story to tell. Chris has recently completed a 10 year project called Disappearing Glasgow which illustrates the changing skyline of our home city. Students were surprised to learn that 30% of our high rises are gone. They were also moved by the touching accounts of former residents of these buildings in the film he showed.

A fantastic afternoon for all and Chris was kind enough to stay behind and answer some questions from the students.



Scotland Street School Visit

Learners from ESOL National 5 Stages 1 and 2 visited Scotland Street School on Tuesday 28/2.

They were particularly impressed with the Charles Rennie Mackintosh design and architecture. They also appreciated the opportunity to experience first-hand, life in education in Scotland from the past. It also enabled them to compare the school to similar buildings in their country.


Youth Access Programme Shortlisted for Award

youthworkpartnerships-2It certainly is awards season….  The College’s Youth Access programme has been shortlisted for a YouthLink Youth Worker of the Year 2017 Award in the Partnership category.  The programme involves extensive partnership working across more than 30 organisations delivering learning and development to 12-17yr olds in some of our most deprived communities.

Gaining this type of recognition is a real accolade for our Youth Access and CLD team whose commitment and hard work ensures the quality and innovation of the programme.  Well done to them all!  The winners will be announced at a celebration event in mid-March.  More information on our website.

The College is delighted that we were shortlisted in two categories for this year’s TES Awards, even though we were pipped at the post by other very laudable candidates on the night.  Indeed, there were no winners from the Scottish colleges.  However, we were honoured to have been finalists for these prestigious awards.  Well done and thanks to everyone who helped us to get there.


A Ceilidh Farewell

Here’s some snaps of the visitors from Madeira showing us some of their work and doing the Ceilidh with our current students!

All the feedback was fantastic, we were sad to see them go, on the last day there was even tears from the visitors as they were sad to be leaving!

All round a wonderful experience for both us, our current learners and the visitors.


Lighting The ‘Fuse’…

lightiing-the-fuseFuse Youth Café held a very well-attended Open Day this week to encourage people from the local community to come in and use the range of resources available to them.  Fuse are a long-term partner of the College, part of the John Wheatley Learning Network, and deliver digital skills and other services to young people and residents in the East End of Glasgow.

Our own Sarah Barnes is pictured here with Millie, a local resident, who is learning how to get the best from her tablet and improve on the IT skills she’s learned from her grandchildren.


Xchange Scotland Celebration of Learning Event

On Thursday the 2nd of March, Carlyn McNab and Eilidh Lamb attended an event at the Scottish Parliament which focussed on the celebration of learning attained through volunteering.
Our Community Achievement Award has been used in partnership with the charity Xchange Scotland to accredit volunteering at varying levels of responsibility- both locally and globally.
The event was a great success and attended by Johann Lamont MSP and the Minister for FH Education.


Baby Yoga

Babies aged 10 weeks – crawling (and their parent/carer) required for An Introduction to Baby Yoga course at Springburn Campus from 3.30pm – 4.30pm on one or more of the following dates: 15th and 22nd March.

This involves being observed by NC Childcare students whilst being taught simple yoga postures and stretches by qualified member of college staff.

Please contact Angela Dickson for more details –


Library News

Springburn Campus Library is running two concurrent displays: ‘International Mother Language Day’ and ‘World Book Day’.

Can you imagine a world without words? Do you believe readers are clever, intelligent and likely to do well in life or that readers are geeks?

Why not come along and reflect on what others believe are the answers to the above questions and whilst in the library you could borrow one of The Independent 10 Best Book Club Reads for 2016.


Beautiful Burnout By Bryony Lavery

beautiful-burnout-poster2nd year HND Acting and Performance students will be performing the play, Beautiful Burnout, on Tuesday the 16th and Wednesday the 17th of May.

There will be a matinee and evening performance for both dates – at 2.00 pm and 7.00 pm, in Platform Theatre, 100 Westerhouse Road, Glasgow, G34 7JW.

This play was originally performed by Frantic Assembly and is about a young man, his dreams and life in the boxing world.


Finished for another week!

Have a great weekend and see you back here next week.

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