Radiant and Brighter, Shiney and New!

Classes officially start next week for most of our students and staff have been working hard to make sure the process goes as smoothly as possible for all.

We don’t need to wait until next week to start getting updates, we already have some great news and stories for you, if this is the start, we cant wait to see what the rest of the year will be like.

Local MP Visits College

We were delighted to welcome new local MP, David Linden, elected recently to Westminster for the Glasgow East constituency, to our Easterhouse campus.

Already very familiar with the College and its work as he was raised in Cranhill and lives in Garrowhill, David was keen to learn more about our successes and future developments.  Alan Sherry and he discussed at length the best way to support our communities towards inclusive growth and help local residents to flourish.

The emphasis of the meeting was on partnership working and how that supports the many projects where GKC is a key driver of positive change and development.

The College is looking forward to welcoming David back to our many events as an invited guest and friend.


GKC’s Miss Scotland Contestant

Wishing the very best of luck to our very own Amy Brannigan who is a finalist in Miss Scotland 2017 competition. Amy is about to commence her second year studying fashion at Glasgow Kelvin College. We are very proud of her making the top 15.

Amy applied to Miss Scotland last year after her family suggested that she took part and she never imagined she would get a call back for an interview and then getting chosen as one of the 15 girls.

There have been many events throughout the last month leading up to the Miss Scotland final including Amy’s tea and cake afternoon, held on the 13th of August, when she raised £500 for Dementia UK. Amy chose this as her charity as it affects her family – both Amy’s gran and papa are in homes because of dementia so she knows personally what it is like to have a family member affected with this condition.

Amy would love to take her charity work further if she gets into Miss Worlds but for now is happy to have made it this far and to have made so many new friends.


The final was held on the 24th of August, and unfortunately Amy did not win on this occasion, but she is very proud of her achievements.


Work Continues Apace At Blairtummock

The completely refurbished Blairtummock Childcare Centre of Excellence is almost there.  In partnership with Jobs & Business Glasgow’s ‘Rising Stars’ childcare facility, Blairtummock House (on Baldinnie Road, behind the Easterhouse campus) is possibly Scotland’s first combined childcare and teaching facility.  The beautiful old and well-loved building is being fitted out to provide childcare and afterschool care for 2yrs-16yrs children.  It is hoped that around 80 young service-users will benefit from the centre on a given day.

The facility will also provide a ‘Nature Kindergarten’ for children with exciting activities in the fresh air in their new garden and eco-friendly trips to Todswell and Cardowan Moss.

Added to this, all of the College’s Early Years & Childcare learning, from NQ to HN level, will be delivered from classrooms based at the centre, where around 85 students will experience first-hand the workplace skills required for their chosen vocational area.  Exciting times ahead!


GKC Fashion and Radiant and Brighter Community Programme Gets Off To A Creative Start

The new term has not even started yet and the second year fashion students were giving up their own time today to launch our exciting collaboration with the inspirational community group Radiant and Brighter.

Staff and students visited the centre in Glasgow armed with mood boards and lots of enthusiasm. Over the next few weeks we will be working on a textile exhibition piece that will express and embrace cultural diversity. Whilst sharing knowledge and skills the fashion students will gain valuable experience working with people in their community.

It is going to be another busy year and this is a great way to start it off. Watch this space for updates… ..


Shiny New Minibus Is An Inclusive Way To Travel!

The College is delighted to have taken delivery of its brand new minibus which seats 16 and can be adapted to accommodate 3 wheelchair users.

This is a welcome addition to the small fleet of vehicles in our Estates Department and will be pressed into service very soon.


That’s us finished for this week, but if you have anything you would like included in future updates please email details with pictures and or links to tborland@glasgowkelvin.ac.uk

Have a great weekend!

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