Welcome back after the Spring Break and we hope you are managing to cope with the extra days off, now you are off for the Easter weekend, it's tough we know.
We had the exciting news this week of a new principal starting in August and also that one of our own students won not one, but two medals at this years Special Olympics, very impressive.
Read on to find out more about these and other happenings at the college.
Glasvegas Frontman Visits College
Glasgow Kelvin College Creative Industries students (music performance, sound engineering and music business) were impressed by a visit and talk by Platimum selling songwriter and Glasvegas frontman James Allan.
From unemployment and looking for people to believe in you, to sharing stages with Oasis and U2. East End boy and former college student, James spoke about his own experiences in the music industry and the importance of sticking in at it when times are hard, as well as treating people well on the journey.
It was really good of James and Denise, the band's manager, to take time to pass on their knowledge and experience and the students - and staff! - were delighted to welcome them.
Funds raised for BlankFaces
Glasgow Kelvin Fashion students pooled their skills and talents this week at the Springburn Campus and held a brilliant Bake Sale and Depop stall for clothes. Learners and staff were delighted to get involved and the Fashion students' success was underscored by raising £171.50 from the delicious offerings at the Bake Sale, plus £224 on the Depop clothing sale.
Gerard from The Blankfaces homeless charity came along to support the event and stepped in to lend a hand and chat to customers about the charity.
Congratulations go to all the students and staff involved - well done!
Support the Fantastic Fasters!
The blithe little band of staff who agreed to take part in the 24-hr Fast to mark Poverty Awareness Month have now reached the end of their challenge. And they’ve managed to help raise £275 for The Trussell Trust who operate a network of foodbanks for people experiencing difficulties.
Patricia Currie, Gary Sharp, Gemma Cummins, Josephine Smith, Tracy MacKenzie, Nicki Campbell, Shaun McLaughlin and Lesley Lang would like to thank everyone who has supported this worthy cause and remind people that the JustGiving page is still open for more contributions…!! https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/gkcfast
Birthdays, Easter Eggs, Bake Sales – all presented obstacles to the intrepid team but they kept their spirits up and their ‘hangry-ness’ at bay by geeing each other along in a witty little support group.
As they’ve all commented, at least fasting was their choice but for many it’s a daily battle. Lack of food affects your mood, your behaviour, your energy levels, your muscles and your attention span. As professionals, it’s something for everyone to bear in mind.
And remember that foodbanks form part of some people’s everyday lives.
So, thanks go to the Fasters and to the people who have sponsored them – well done!
Diary of a Fantastic Faster, Tracy MacKenzie
20.00: Dinner finished no food now for 24 hours. I’m feeling really full right now, so this should be easy, right?
06.30: Good morning! No breakfast for me today so that’s an extra 15 minutes in bed!
07.50: Too many extra minutes in bed, having to run for the bus.
09.00: In work now and I’ve seen a few people who are doing the fast. We’ve got this - as long as we steer clear of the bake sale in the foyer! I hope they raise lots of money for their cause but I won’t be buying cakes today. Or maybe I could get one and keep it for later..? Nope, too tempting.
10.25: Apparently, a lot of people doing the fast are drinking a lot of water. Clearer skin for us all tomorrow then! And a greater demand for bathroom facilities today…
10.45: Some more donations are coming in - woo hoo!! It’s great that people are supporting us and, more importantly, the Trussell Trust.
12.05: OK, if everyone could just stop talking about what they’re having for lunch or wafting it in front of me that would be great. Cheers…
13.00: Usual lunchtime for me except that instead of my usual sandwich I’m having a hot drink instead. Mmmm, filling…
15.20: Time for a mid-afternoon cup of tea. This is the worst time of day as it would be really nice to have a wee biscuit with my tea. Or maybe a scone... I’m starting to feel like Dumbo (original animated film) in the scene where he starts seeing hundreds of elephants dancing about as I’m sure I can see food when I close my eyes.
17.00: Thank goodness I’m getting a lift home tonight. My ability to be calm and patient has been steadily eroded throughout the day and I’m not sure I’d be able to be deal with other commuters (seriously people, move your bag, or did you buy it a ticket too?).
18.00: My wonderful mother-in-law is cooking dinner for the family tonight so I am not tempted to break the fast early. When I thought about dinner it reminded me that not having enough food is not just about being hungry – what about the cost of cooking and storing the food? I once heard someone being interviewed who used foodbanks saying that she hated it when people said to make a big pot of lentil soup as it was cheap and would last her all week. She didn’t have that option as she couldn’t afford the electricity to cook the soup. This has always stuck with me. The immediate issue that we see has many more aspects than we realise.
18.45: I’m off to my usual Wednesday evening activity. I’m really hungry. Hopefully tonight will go smoothly and I can get home to dinner. As I won’t be home until after 21.00 I have armed myself with a cereal bar so when the magic 20.00 comes I can slip away briefly and eat something. 1 hour and 15 minutes to go! Not that I’m counting…
20.03: Best. Cereal bar. EVER.
Today was so hard. I don’t think clearly when I’m hungry and I find it difficult not to snap at people. However, one day cannot compare to what some people in the UK have to go through every day. I planned for this and I did it in the knowledge that it was for one day. I cannot imagine what it would be like to be hungry every day and not to know when that would end. I had food waiting for me when my fast finished but that’s not an option for a lot of people.
Many of our learners come to college hungry and miss meals. That’s hard to do. To borrow a phrase from Snickers “you’re not you when you’re hungry”. How true this is. At certain points today I definitely wasn’t myself and I’m sure I wasn’t the only one fasting who felt like that. I’m glad that my family, friends and colleagues were so supportive.
That’s why wonderful organisations like the Trussell Trust who run foodbanks to help people who are affected by poverty are so important. It’s sad that they’re needed but amazing that people take the time and effort to organise, run, and donate to foodbanks. They make a real difference.
College Welcomes National Accreditation Partners for BSE
On behalf of SNIPEF and SQA with honoured guests from EU Skills and the Institute of Gas Engineers (IGEM) Glasgow Kelvin College was delighted to host a lively meeting at its Springburn Campus this week.
The focus was on Gas Training requirements for SVQs in Building Services Engineering trade disciplines.
The meeting was very productive with the Engineering, Construction and Science Faculty SVQs in Domestic Plumbing & Heating, Heating & Ventilation Industrial and Commercial Installation, and Service, Maintain and Commission Building Engineering Services being recommended for the EU Skills Guidance Note 8 list of qualifications. These are applicable in the UK to undertake ACS Gas Assessment and qualification at Category 2 level for Modern Apprentices.
The Faculty Curriculum Managers, Sam Thomson (SQA Senior External Verifier) and Colin Campbell, justified why SVQs should be listed on Guidance Note 8 with regards to the Gas Training provided in the different Building Services Engineering Sectors.
Glasgow Kelvin College has made a significant contribution to ensure that their Modern Apprentices can access ACS Gas Assessment as Category 2 applicants, as the level of training and assessment being delivered exceeds the Managed Learning Programme requirements specified by EU Skills and IGEM, and the competency requirements of the Gas Industry.
Careers Event 2019
Glasgow Kelvin College will be holding a Careers Event in two of our campuses.
- Springburn Campus - Tuesday the 23rd of April
- East End Campus - Wednesday 24th of April.
Both dates will be from 10.00 am to 3.00 pm.
Come along and meet employers such as:
- Skills Development Scotland
- Camp America
- The Open University
- Microcom Training
- HM Revenue and Customs
- and more ......
Glasgow Kelvin College’s New College Principal
Glasgow Kelvin College is extremely pleased to announce the appointment of Derek Smeall as its new Principal and Chief Executive, effective from session 2019/20.
Following a rigorous recruitment process, the College Board of Management is delighted that Derek, who is currently Vice-Principal for Curriculum, Planning & Performance at New College Lanarkshire, will be bringing his extensive experience and expertise to the role at Glasgow Kelvin.
Derek will succeed Alan Sherry, who is set to retire in the summer following a 32-year career in further education, as Principal and Chief Executive of one of Scotland’s most accessible and community-focused college
Super Student is Two-Time Olympic Medallist!
Glasgow Kelvin College student, Alistair Kemley, has triumphantly carried home two gymnastics medals from the Special Olympics in Abu Dhabi, a silver for the pommel horse and a bronze medal in the rings.
Alistair, from Maryhill, is a Level 3 Steps to Employment student at the College. He is a member of the Bellahouston based City of Glasgow Gymnastics Club and has been involved with them for the last five years.
With a training schedule outwith his strenuous coaching sessions of around 10 hrs per week, Alastair clearly shows that his enthusiasm, commitment and discipline have paid off and he was delighted to take the podium for his medal awards ceremonies in front of his proud Mum and Aunt.
He is certainly passionate about his sport and thrilled to have been part of Team GB at such an exciting event.
Alistair also has some unusual hobbies, in particular his practise of Reiki where he is training to advance his skills and knowledge. This has an amazing knock-on effect on his gymnastics as it helps his focus, positive-thinking and his breathing.
The College is extremely proud to be part of the learning journey of such a remarkable and talented student and is looking forward to having him at Springburn campus for a further year on the Level 4 Pathways to Employment programme.
Alistair hopes to progress beyond this into Fashion Design and Holistic Healing.
Huge congratulations go his way for this achievement and the College’s thanks go to all staff who continue to support Alistair so well in the many aspects of his life and learning journey.
An excellent piece on Alistair’s achievements has been run in the Daily Record
That's us finished for this week, and remember classes resume after the Easter weekend on Tuesday the 23rd of April.
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Have a great long weekend.