Flying Visits and More News!

We have a lot to tell you this week. There have been quite a few trips, activities and visits so we will just make a start.

Jewellery Students Trip to Antwerp

10 students ranging from NC/HN1/HN2 Jewellery went on a trip to Antwerp last week. On the visit they had a tour of a local jewellery school and had a shot at diamond polishing.

They also visited the workshop of Alexandre Sidorov (, one of the most innovative diamond setters at work today. Also on the itinerary was a trip to a diamond and silversmithing exhibition at the MAS museum ( ).

We finished with a visit to the Antwerp World Diamond Centre ( ) which is a collective that protects the interests of the Antwerp diamond trade internationally.


Group Visit

The  group from YWCA Empowering Pathways for Women course and course Tutor Heidi Mclean , enjoyed their visit to East End Campus with CLD worker Sharon. The group have recently completed their level 4 Community Achievement Award booklets and today applied to various courses within the college.

The women said “they really enjoyed the friendly and welcoming atmosphere within the college”


Flying Visit from First Minister

At the request of a constituent, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon came along to the Springburn Campus on Monday and met with Gemma McNeill, Lecturer in Business, and several of her colleagues.  Their meeting was preceded by a whistle-stop tour of two of the Engineering Workshops where the FM took the time to chat with students and discuss the work they were doing.  We were delighted to welcome her on this low-key visit and thanks go out to everyone whose hard work helped the visit and tour to be a real success.


In Her Shoes Performance Strides To Success!

The Glasgow Women’s Library ‘In Her Shoes’ performance last Friday at West Campus was a resounding success, with attendance of around 100 staff and students to appreciate the thought-provoking piece.  Focusing on the experience of hate-crime, the women performed the piece to a very moving and revealing narrative.

Thanks go to Gary Harkins and his team of helpers, and to the women from Glasgow Women’s Library for the hard work which went into staging the performance.  We hope this is the first of many such events and look forward to cementing a strong relationship with Glasgow Women’s Library for the future.


More Success for Thenue Learning Works

The 18th Group to come through the Thenue Housing ‘Learning Works’ programme held their presentation ceremony at the start of the month.  Six of the learners on the programme came along and were presented with their College Completion Certificates, as well as REHIS, First Aid and their Pacific Institute Steps to Excellence certificates.

The programme is run by Thenue Housing Association in the community and targets residents who are furthest from the labour market, delivering IT skills, employability, personal development and confidence building sessions, as well as the certificated programmes, over 12 weeks.  Coming onto the programme has, for most learners, had a significant impact on their lives and helped them to progress to employment or to further learning.  The College is delighted to be a partner in the programme, along with Thenue and Clyde Gateway.  We look forward to the next group coming through.

College White Ribbon Campaign Shortlisted for Two Student Awards

Glasgow Kelvin College Student Association’s highly successful partnership initiative with White Ribbon Scotland has been shortlisted for two separate Student Campaign Awards in the coming week.

Students are delighted that their White Ribbon Scotland campaign has been declared a finalist in the Campaign category for NUS Scotland Awards and in the Equality & Diversity category in the SPARQS (Student Partnership in Quality Scotland) Awards.

The White Ribbon Scotland Campaign supports Men Working To End Violence Against Women (VAW).

For more on this story, visit our website.


Visiting Artists and Business Plans

HND Art students were visited by world renowned Scottish artist Adrian Wiszniewski last week. Adrian described how he swapped architecture for art and his career subsequently took off. He also took the time to work in the print room and produce a woodcut.

We were also given an excellent talk by Christina Christopoulou from Bridge to Business who brought along young artist Kayleigh McCallum to tell her story. Kayleigh’s training is in business but she is making a career as an artist using her background knowledge to good effect. She told students about her use of networking and social media to build a client base for her work.

Finally, we are showing a beautiful series of prints by artist Ian Giles who we met on a visit to the very northernmost point of the Scottish mainland where one of our degree graduates Jana Emburey runs a gallery. Alongside Ian’s work are prints by HND Art students and members of our schools classes.


Caring for the Carers

GKC students from HN Health & Fitness and Easterhouse’s Level 5 Professional Cookery pooled their talents earlier this week to deliver a suite of taster sessions for Glasgow EastEnd Carers at Academy House in Shettleston.

The students collaborated to organise the entire event, dealing directly with EastEndCarers, putting together promotional and information materials and setting up the equipment ready for the stream of intrigued clients who arrived on the day.  Sessions included Healthy Eating and Cooking, Sleep Hygiene, Fitness Testing, Exercise Classes and Foam Rolling.

The carers were out in force on the day and, having been tested and put through their paces in the exercise sessions, tucked into a healthy curry and salad lunch.

Jenny Fischer from HN Health & Fitness co-ordinated the event and there was a four-strong marketing team to help promote it on social media.  Students from both classes worked extremely well together to deliver a memorable experience to around 40 carers, who all agreed that the event was enjoyable, helpful and an experience they would like to repeat!

Events such as these are great experience for our students, helping to hone their communication, citizenship, teamworking and organisational skills.  It also helps them reflect on and evaluate their own performance and abilities and brings great benefits to our local communities and residents.  All good stuff.

A massive ‘well-done’ goes to the students and to the staff who supported them.


Wonderful Weave Parkhead – Identity, History, Industry

The launch of the Weave Parkhead project at East End Campus this week witnessed an excellent turnout from the local and artistic community.

Our GKC Level 5 & 6 Art & Design students helped to organise, set up and curate the entire exhibition, as well as developing their own exquisite pieces for display alongside commissioned works.

The project is delivered as part of the Parkhead Cross Townscape Heritage Initiative and involves a commission of 4 woven pieces from 4 artists, inspired by the physical space of the Parkhead community.  Added to this, the students’ work including their Multi Media pieces and ‘Wild Weaving’ at the East End campus delivers a strong and uplifting exhibition which is perfectly suited to its surroundings.

The large crowd of suitably impressed guests were also delighted to savour the delicacies delivered by Level 5 Professional Cookery at East End Campus, whose delicious canapés and tempting mocktails proved to be a great hit on what was an excellent evening.

Yet another shining example of cross-college collaboration, the Weave Parkhead launch event, in conjunction with Northlight Heritage, delivered on all fronts!  Well done to all of the gifted students and remarkable staff involved.

The picture is the lull before the storm  –  the exhibition will remain at East End Campus until 21st April  –  not to be missed!!

These pictures show the preparation.


Cycle Challenge

On Sunday 2nd April Tom Watson is undertaking a solo bike ride starting in Glasgow and finishing in Bruges, Belgium on Saturday 8th April in memory of a very dear friend Tony Diver, who passed away on the 25th December 2015. Tony had MS and was admitted on several occasions to the Physically Disabled Rehabilitation Unit (PDRU) in what was then the Southern General Hospital in Glasgow. I am attempting to raise £3000 to enable the purchase of equipment for the unit. The PDRU provides care and rehabilitation for people who have many different types of illness and disabilities which may require different types of rehabilitation therapy. Monies raised will help towards buying equipment for the unit which could either be for physical care or social activities, whether in or out of the unit.

The Challenge

I cycle most days to the office and back, my round trip of 12 miles occasionally causes a raised eyebrow, “wow, you cycle THAT far? Every day?”, which is fine and well but 12 miles is not really an athletic achievement nor is it by anyone’s standards a challenge. The furthest I’ve ever ridden in a single day is around about 65 miles, the challenge of this fundraiser is to complete a bicycle ride starting in Glasgow and ending in Bruges, a distance of 400 miles. This will be split into two rides of 200 miles, the first to North Shields ferry terminal to catch a ferry to Ijmuiden in North Holland then the second from Ijmuiden to the iconic Markt Square in Bruges.

Why Bruges?

In one of our last conversations, Tony was talking about holidays and, knowing the affection I have for the Netherlands and Belgium through my cycling visits, said I really must visit Bruges, saying how much he was sure I would love the city. When I decided I was going to do a cycling challenge I knew immediately where the destination was going to be.


Sponsored Walk

The Fashion Department are having a Sponsored Walk for Make Love Not Scars on Wednesday the 29th of March at 2.00 pm.

This will be a 5k Easter themed walk in Glasgow Green.

Show your support for this great cause, by sponsoring the walk or go along and cheer them on.


Spring Time Special.

Treatments and treats package @ Easterhouse beauty salon and coffee bar.

Every Tuesday morning starting from 18th April – 16th May.

Treat yourself by grabbing this great package including treatments and a hot beverage of choice. Get yourself pampered at our makeup studio or nail bar and enjoy a sweet treat & beverage from the coffee bar, all just for £2!

Treatments include:

  • Mini facial & makeup treatment.
  • Manicure with a French polish or colour finish.

Treatments times:

  • 9:30am (beverages at 10:30am)
  • 10:45am (beverages at 10am)

Please call 0141 558 1542 to book your package deal asap, and avoid missing out on this fantastic treat!

Hot beverages include:

  • Hot chocolate, latte, cappuccino, mocha, Americano, tea & speciality teas.


That is us finished for this week.

Have a great weekend!

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