Welcoming, Award Winning and Creative!

Summer is coming!!  Well this weekend anyway, let’s hope the next few days aren’t the only days of sun we see.

Lots on this week with the Fashion Show, awards and art on the move.


Our Deepest Condolences and Sympathy – a message from our Principal, Alan Sherry

We were all horrified to hear of the appalling event at Manchester Arena on Monday evening.   I am sure you will join with me in expressing our condolences and deepest sympathies to the friends and families of all of those affected by this tragic incident.

I would ask that you also keep the families of those injured in your thoughts.

If appropriate and you would like to make a contribution, funds are being raised for the Barra families and also for all families who have been affected.


Welcoming New Councillors

Principal Alan Sherry was pleased to have new Glasgow City Councillor, Robert Connelly, drop in for a chat this week.  Cllr Connelly is one of the new councillors elected to the Calton ward in Glasgow’s East End and he’s looking forward to taking up his official duties over the next few weeks.  Robert, however, is already very familiar with Glasgow Kelvin as he’s just completing his NQ in Social Sciences at our East End Campus.

Congratulations go to Cllr Connelly and to all the newly elected members in Glasgow.


First White Ribbon College in Scotland Celebrates Award

Proud students, staff and White Ribbon Campaigners are pictured here with the plaque.

Students and staff at Glasgow Kelvin College were delighted to celebrate the award of White Ribbon status as the first college in Scotland to achieve this honour.

Friends, colleagues, local elected members and stakeholders attended the lively event at the College’s Springburn campus to witness the presentation of the plaque by White Ribbon Scotland for the sterling work done by students and staff in spreading the message and inviting people to sign the pledge “I pledge never to commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women in all its forms”.

To read the full story, visit our website.


Developing Ideas

A trip to Glasgow Kelvin College’s West Campus last week would have had you wide-eyed with admiration at the talents of our Photography students from all over the College.

The ‘Developing Ideas’ exhibition showcased the tremendous skills they’ve acquired, from exercises in colour, to portraiture and different photographic techniques – a real panoply of talent and a testament to teaching quality.


Charity Fundraiser

On Friday the 19th of May, the Introduction to Hospitality (Level 4) students raised £255.15 for their selected charity – Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity.

In order to pass their ‘Introduction to Events’ unit the students decided to plan and deliver a themed 1950’s American Diner event to 35 people. They also held a raffle to increase their contribution to their chosen charity. We are particularly proud of the students’ efforts.


Another Fabulous Fashion Fiesta

Wednesday the 24th of May saw Our amazing Fashion department stage yet another extravaganza at the atmospheric St Andrews in the Square, where our students’ creative talents amazed the large audiences which attended each of the three shows.  With a myriad of colours, textures, cuts and fabrics, our Fashion Design & Manufacture students, and our Millinery evening class students, treated the enthralled audiences to a marvellous display of style and couture which could knock the socks off many of today’s popular designers.

Themes of the show covered Goody Goody Gumdrops, Ode to the Bard, Hollywood Glamour, World Explorer, Gothic Noir and an Icon Finale.

The show was supported by students from other departments, including Hairdressing and Beauty, TV Production, Sound Production and Photography.

The day also had a serious side, with all monies raised (students raised over £3500) being donated to Make Love Not Scars, a charity dedicated to providing acid attack victims an opportunity to regain their life on their own terms through recovery, rehabilitation and reintegration.

Overall this was a great event. Congratulations and very well done to all of them and especially to the staff who have supported them through this.

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Moving Image

HND year 1 Photography student, John Cruttenden is aiming high after his work for the unit “Moving image” was picked up by BBC Scotland to feature in a documentary on Glasgow’s most famous comedian Billy Connelly.

As a tribute to the ‘Big Yins’ 75th birthday, 3 huge murals are being painted across the city of Glasgow and John decided to record a timelapse of the work in progress to submit for his course. John said “It was fun but so challenging” as he sat for 23 hours enduring Scotland’s ever changing weather. When the BBC asked to use the footage “I was over the moon, infact I’m still smiling! This photography is starting to pay off.” remarked John.

The Documentary will be aired at 9pm on the 14th of June on BBC 1 Scotland. You can get a preview of the footage on John’s facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/skunxy/videos/10155353831959723/?pnref=story


Award Winning

Art lecturer Nicola Carberry, art technician Steven Walker and former art lecturer Karen Scopa all won awards at this year’s Paisley Art Institute Annual Exhibition. The judges also selected work by HND Art students Carol McGoldrick and Nancy Docherty.

The show is at Paisley Art Gallery and Museum until Sunday June 28th.


Nil By Mouth

HND Art students are working with Nil by Mouth on a competition to get across their anti-sectarian message. The results of this are on show at West this week with five selected students going forward to a final and the winner selected by industry professionals.

This has been a great opportunity to work with a ‘real life’ organisation and has been a great discussion point amongst staff and students across the West campus.


That’s everything for this week.

Remember this is a long weekend, classes resume on Tuesday the 30th of May, top on your vitamin D while you can – don’t forget the suncream!

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