Debuts and Consultations!

We are quickly heading towards the end of this academic year and things are getting busier.

We have had a few events, trips and a variety of activities this week.


Business Consultancy

Students from the Business department have been involved in a consultancy project which relates to solving a specific business issue for an existing entity. This consultancy project integrates parts of the business units within the Higher National course to avoid unnecessary duplication encouraging students to pull together their theoretical knowledge and use it in a real world environment. This is a blended learning approach which emphasises the idea of ‘learning by doing’. As such the main piece of work is spent in consultancy meetings with the identified business and independent group meetings.

The current projects involve working with  Home Start, Footprints and Momentum.

On behalf of Fraser Kirkland (Lecturer Engineering, Construction & Science)

A big Thank you..

I completed the 23 miles of the Mighty Stride Kiltwalk from Glasgow Green to Balloch Country Park on Sunday 30th April.

The amazing generosity of Glasgow Kelvin College staff helped me reach my current total of £645.

Many, many thanks to everyone who has helped me reach this fantastic sum.

If anyone else would like to donate, they can click the link below

Fraser’s fundraising page will be live for another week or two ,or as before, a good old traditional Sponsor form will be on his desk, for a little while longer.


International Red Cross Display

This month’s library display is The International Red Cross.  Founded in  1863 and based on a proposal by Henri Dunant, who had witnessed the horrific aftermath of the Battle of Solferino in 1859.  This medical aid movement has progressed from the battlefield to an array of humanitarian assistance and aid.

Why not drop in and check out our display, see how much the Red Cross does today.



Glasgow Kelvin Photography students racked up an impressive 22,000 steps per day on a packed architectural tour of Germany’s capital Berlin. As part of their HND year 2 unit ‘Architecture’, Over 4 days, the students photographed landmarks such as the Brandenburg gate, The Jewish Memorial, Checkpoint Charlie, The Berlin wall, Television tower and the Sony centre. Alternative architectural beauty was also on the itinerary as the students explored examples of Modernism, Bauhaus and Brutalism. The class was invited into Germany’s parliament building, The Reichstag where they captured spectacular views of the city from the glass dome and roof terrace.

Lecturers Simon Murphy and Mark Scott took time to visit the ‘Neue Schule’ Photographic school to establish links with a leading Photographic educational establishment and arranged an exhibition visit to the Helmut Newton foundation for the group.

“The trip was a resounding success and will be one that the students will cherish for the rest of their lives. Most had never visited Berlin before and the rich and varied culture and architecture inspired them whilst helping them to achieve several of the performance indicators contained in the final year’s units and also create fantastic images for their portfolios.”, said Simon, “it is a trip that would be fantastic to undertake in future years”.

And the Nominees are…:

Glasgow Kelvin’s very own Fraser Purdie is heading for the red carpet at the BAFTAs this weekend!  As part of his ‘other life’ Fraser makes and composes soundtracks for films and TV programmes and, as you may all know, he has been involved with David Attenborough and the production companies who make the magical natural history programme that keep us glued to our TVs.    …and one of them is up for a BAFTA!!

In the Specialist Factual category, the ‘Attenborough’s Life That Glows’ programme (Terra Mater Factual Studios/Ammonite Films/Curiosity Stream/BBC Two) has been nominated and, as the original composer for the soundtrack, Fraser has been invited to join the team at the glittering ceremony in the Royal Festival Hall in London on Sunday.

So, get crossing your fingers, everyone and show your support for our incredibly talented colleague!!  Go Fraser!!


College Label Releases Debut Album from Pronto Mama

Electric Honey, the hugely respected college-run record label which this year celebrates its 25th Anniversary, has helped launch a brand new album from emerging Glasgow talent, Pronto Mama.

The immensely popular band’s first album, ‘Any Joy’, featuring their impressive single ‘Arabesque’, was officially launched at Glasgow Kelvin College’s West Campus last week to an enthusiastic audience of college students, staff and their ever-growing following of fans and friends.  After five years of writing, gigging and recording, the six-piece are delighted to have produced this album of ‘songs about: life, death, women and wine’.

Despite being a man-down on this occasion, the band stylishly romped their way through an exciting set and provided a confident and delicious taster of the whole incredible album.

Glasgow Kelvin students from Film & TV Production and Photography were on hand to record the event and a deluge of amazing merchandising was available courtesy of Glasgow Kelvin’s transnational visitors from France.

A talented group of creative students from Lycee de la Communication St Geraud in Aurillac, France, have been working with the band and creative industries students and staff to produce fabulous prints and screen-printed t-shirts to support the launch of ‘Any Joy’ and to publicise the band.

To read the full story visit our Web Site News


Delivery of Our Second Electric Vehicle

We took delivery of the second electric vehicle on Friday last week. This new addition has been fitted out as a van rather than the original 7 seat passenger vehicle.

Both vehicles have a range of around 86 miles per full charge and can be charged at any 13 amp socket. The latest electric vehicle (van) has a further charge option that enables it to be charged at any public charging point at a cost of £20 per annum.

We have installed a charging station for both vehicles at the rear of the Springburn Campus where the vehicles will be kept securely and charged as required.

The original vehicle has been used very successfully for the mail run and also on occasions to assist with transporting smaller groups of college staff and students to various locations. The van model will be used for the mail run when required but the main purpose is to take place of the Renault Kango van that we recently sold at auction and will be used for general porterage duties.

The addition of the electric vehicles will further reduce our fuel costs and also our carbon footprint.

We also expect to have our new mini bus delivered a couple of months earlier than the September delivery date and hope it will be here in July. I will update you on progress, it will have the capacity for accommodating up to 16 passengers or 8 passengers and 3 wheelchairs at any time. Photos etc when it arrives.


Hope you all have a great weekend and manage to find the time to catch up with us again next Friday.

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