It has been a busy week again at Glasgow Kelvin, with students getting involved in various different activities.
We also have a few activities coming up, including a performance in Platform and a visit to our Easterhouse campus by Lush, things you don't want to miss out on.
Read on to see everything that's happening at the college.
Aye Write Stuff
This years theme for the Aye Write festival is Happiness.
ALN learners at GKC in Easterhouse have enjoyed writing on this theme and have had lots of laughs discussing their contributions.
They are also delighted that their work will be part of the Aye Right Festival (14th-31st March) and on show at the Glasgow Concert Hall.
Engineering Apprentice For A Day
Our Business Development Director; Alastair McGhee, joined one of our Engineering Foundation Apprenticeship students on site at McTaggart Construction as part of Scottish Apprenticeship Week!
Alastair has let us know about his experiences of the day.
As part of Apprenticeship Week, I had the pleasure of meeting 17 year old Sophia Findlay and seeing, at first hand, the work experience she is gaining as part of her Foundation Apprenticeship in Civil Engineering. Working one day a week at McTaggart Construction’s Riverside Dalmarnock development, Sophia is involved in a range of civil engineering roles on this major development site. She has had the opportunity to get involved in a wide range of tasks involved in site preparation, laying out foundations, building construction as well as the business side of meeting sub contractors and customers.
Sophia’s Foundation Apprenticeship experience has already given her skills that are in high demand by employers in the construction industry. The beauty of the Foundation Apprenticeship programme is that it allows this experience to be developed whilst still at school and in parallel with other school based qualifications.
I was already convinced of the value of Foundation Apprenticeships but seeing Sophia actually engaged in work on a major construction site in Glasgow really brought home to me how important these frameworks are. These Foundation Apprenticeships, along with Modern and Graduate Apprenticeships now provide a complete vocational learning journey for people in Scotland and to develop skills that are directly relevant to employers. If I had my time at school again, this is an option I would definitely take.
French Education Representatives Visit College
Thursday the 28th of February to Friday the 1st of March saw the college being visited by French Inspectors and Head teachers.
During their time at the college they spent time with staff, compared our education systems, looked at some of the tools we use and visited with students in a few of the departments.
Part of the visit included a lunch in Park Restaurant, which was cooked and served by our level 4 and 5 students, then a walk round our hair and beauty departments, including a discussion about our teaching and learning strategies.
Finally the visitors finished up with a file and polish from our EVIP Beauty students.
Gender Equality Month – Inspirational Female Icon
As part of gender equality moth, we are showcasing inspirational women and men staff, learners and Board, to encourage people to think differently about career paths and be inspired to achieve. This week -
Co-opted Member of the Board. Dr Elaine Clafferty
Dr Elaine Clafferty is a chartered electronic and electrical engineer with a doctorate in engineering education. She is currently a senior lecturer and year tutor at Glasgow Caledonian University and specialises in electronic and electrical engineering, software development, learner transition, widening access to education and the student experience.
Elaine was born in Edinburgh and brought up on the south side of Glasgow, she continues to live in south east Glasgow. She attended Glasgow University and, after graduating, worked in the electronics industry. After a 10 year career break during which she raised her four sons Elaine returned to education on a part time basis to update her skills before working in a series of part time and temporary roles leading to a full time post as a lecturer in analogue electronics at Glasgow Caledonian University. Elaine has held a number of educational leadership roles including Year Tutor, Student Success Centre Director, Head of Learning and Teaching, and Associate Dean of Learning, Teaching and Quality in the university’s technical schools. Elaine voluntarily works for her professional body, the Institution of Electrical Engineering and Technology (IET) participating in and chairing their engineering degree accreditation panels across the UK and beyond.
Elaine’s aim is to work with other Board members and the College’s Senior Management Team to contribute to ongoing improvement in the learner journey at Glasgow Kelvin College. This will lead to more people successfully completing qualifications that open the door to the good jobs and life chances that they deserve. Elaine brings a passion for the best experience for every student, her own track record in this area and knowledge of what is happening in the wider education sector.
Artistic Character Project
Agnieszka Siciarz from HND 2 Art hand sewed these amazing characters to represent herself, her husband and kids.
She then photographed them at home carrying out activities her family normally do.
A fantastic piece of art.
Cycling With Velocity News
This area will consist of around 24 fruit trees including apple, plum and pear trees. We are wanting to make this exciting event open to everyone, to help with planting.
The Orchard Project will supply the tools needed to plant but we need as many people as we can get to help out.
Please come along on Orchard Planting Day - 12th March, from 9.00 am to 3.00 pm, at our Springburn campus - and help get this project up and growing.
E-bikes Induction Session at Springburn Campus
The College has recently purchased 3 new electric bikes with the aim of encouraging Staff to travel by bicycle between campuses.
On Monday 25th February, Staff had the opportunity to learn more about the e-bikes at Springburn campus. Many thanks go to Scott Davidson, owner of ‘Love e- bikes’ (specialised shop in e-bikes located in Glasgow), for showing us how easy it is to ride an e-bike!
Big thanks also go to everyone who joined in during the session - we hope you had fun!
We want to arrange more sessions on the other campuses, so that all Staff interested have the opportunity to trial the e-Bikes.
Please do get in touch with Sandra, our Campus Cycling Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org and/ or Taso (Project and Sustainability Officer), email@example.com, to discuss and organise a session at your campus.
Cycling Presentation – Social Care Students
Thanks to a pedagogical approach, she managed to deliver an interactive presentation, allowing the students to learn more about cycling. She highlighted the various initiatives that the College has been running to encourage students and staff to cycle to the College.
Both staff and students have the opportunity to access cycle training sessions, regardless of their cycling skills.
It was great to see students being so enthusiastic about cycling and to have more people signing-up for the cycle training sessions.
Following the presentation, the students had the chance to see the GK Velocity Cycle Hub and to ask further questions about it.
A huge thank you to Karen Campbell for taking the initiative to organise this!
The experience was very positive and Karen and Sandra have already planned to deliver another cycling presentation at Easterhouse campus in March.
Massage for the Mind @ LUSH
Lush are offering this service to our staff and students free of charge with a chance to view, sample and buy these environmentally friendly products.
LUSH are offering this service as they're keen to engage in College life with an understanding of the stresses and strains students and staff are often under in all aspects of their lives and they are keen to give back to the community they serve.
Contact Tracy Leavy for more information.
Spend, Spend, Spend – The Musical
Performing Arts students are putting on a production of Spend, Spend, Spend - The Musical.
This musical is based on the life of Viv Nicholson, a lady who won the pools in 1961 and managed to spend it all within a few years.
This will be performed in the Platform, from Sunday the 17th to Tuesday the 19th of March.
That's us finished for this week, but we will be back next week with more news and updates.
If you have anything you would like included, next week or in future Blog updates, please email the details to Tracey on firstname.lastname@example.org and we will makes sure it is included.
Have a great weekend!