What to expect...
How we’re going to welcome you to Glasgow Kelvin College.
Thanks for choosing to spend your learning journey with us!
Under the COVID19 restrictions, you’re probably wondering what to expect when College begins. It’s all very different this year because of the need to protect everyone with two metres social distancing. As a result of this, we have to limit the number of people using our campus buildings at any one time, but we’re really excited about gradually meeting all of you.
From the week beginning the 24th August, there will be an induction for students. You will be asked to attend the college for one day only during the induction period and you will be advised by email when and where this will take place. Our staff will be available to guide you through this process. During your induction day, you will:
- Meet your tutor and College staff
- Enrol if you haven’t already done so
- Organise or collect your Student ID card
- Understand the layout and guidelines for our buildings
- Learn more about your course and College services to support your student experience
- Be introduced to the fabulous new My Kelvin app
Please remember, only come into College when you’ve been asked to do so. We expect your courses to begin formally from the week beginning 7th September 2020 and you will do this through ‘blended learning’, a mixture of online and on-campus classes. This will be discussed further at your induction day.
If you have received an unconditional offer, please ensure that you enrol on line as soon as possible using the instructions contained in your offer. If you have difficulties with enrolment, you will be able to do this with staff guidance at your induction day.
We are very much looking forward to welcoming you to Glasgow Kelvin College!
Firstly, well done to you all for making it through Phase 1 of the Scottish Government’s restrictions. I sincerely hope each of you is keeping healthy and safe as we enter Phase 2 of easing.
Thank you, all, for continuing to engage with your learning where possible and for remaining in touch with our dedicated staff who have been working remotely and providing support. These remain exceptional circumstances and your sterling efforts are very much appreciated.
I recognise that, for many of you, these have been challenging times and I would urge you to continue to use the support services and contacts which have been signposted on these pages. Your safety, health, wellbeing and mental health are of paramount importance to us and services, such as Big White Wall, are there to support you during times of crisis, Our services will remain available to you as you head into the summer.
The staff have been working incredibly hard with our internal certification panel to ensure that you receive your results and I am happy to say that emails should be arriving with our full-time and infill students over the next week to ten days. For more information, please see the Update on SQA Certification section on this site.
For those of you who are returning next academic session, I am sure you are eager to know how we intend to progress towards that while continuing to observe restrictions around physical distancing and hygiene in our buildings.
In line with our Transformation and Renewal Framework, and in accordance with Scottish Government guidelines, we hope to be engaging with returning and new students once again from week commencing 23rd August 2020. This will be the start of a planned two-week induction process and will involve you connecting digitally with the College to ensure you are fully informed about the College and digitally confident prior to the start of your programme.
Much of your learning in the first few months of the coming academic year will, where possible, be delivered online and off-campus due to the physical distancing restrictions currently in place. For those of you whose programme includes significant practical work, on-campus training will be structured in such a way as to ensure yours and others’ health, safety and wellbeing at all times. You will hear further on this from your lecturer once you have enrolled with us in late August.
I anticipate that we will be in touch with you to provide more information later in the summer.
For those of you who are leaving us at the end of June, can I thank you for choosing Glasgow Kelvin College as your place of learning and the Kelvin Family as your colleagues and friends. I hope our marvellous staff have inspired you and given you the maturity and confidence to be the best you can be. I wish you success and, more importantly, good health and happiness in whatever path you take. The one thing the COVID19 pandemic has taught us is to value our relationships, respect each other and care for those more vulnerable. It is a hard-learned but sound lesson for each of us.
I am looking forward to providing regular updates to those of you who are returning. We continue to work remotely and remember that, over the summer break, many of our Support Staff will be available to provide online support and information.
I would ask that you continue to observe the guidance to keep yourself and your families safe, healthy and happy.
Principal and Chief Executive
Health & Wellbeing
Hi everyone, we are two newly employed counsellors here at Glasgow Kelvin College – Rachel Matheson & Laura Brown. We are delighted to offer a counselling service to Glasgow Kelvin students.
Are you feeling overwhelmed and needing extra support?
You can access counselling sessions with Laura, Rachel or one of the team of trainee counsellors on placement by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org. However, please be aware that we are operating a waiting list and referrals will unfortunately not be seen immediately. Due to restrictions placed on us by the global pandemic, counselling will be done via video chat at present.
We work predominantly from two different counselling modalities:
- PCT - Person-centred Therapy is rooted in a belief in the individual’s innate tendency towards growth and change. PCT works from the idea that human distress arises from the growth tendency being blocked or distorted in some way. The approach seeks to provide an empathic and non-judgemental space where clients can explore their inner processes and develop their autonomy.
- CBT - Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is based on the concept that your thoughts, feelings, physical sensations and behaviours are interconnected, and that negative thoughts and feelings can trap you in a vicious cycle. CBT aims to help you deal with overwhelming problems in a more positive way, so you are empowered to live a more satisfying life.
We also recommend that you visit the Big White Wall (https://www.bigwhitewall.com/) where you will have access to a “Wall Guide” (an online advisor) who is available for IM chat 24/7. Wall Guides are also trained counsellors who can provide a supportive 1-2-1 chat, as well as sign-posting to services, online mental health courses and public forums on BWW.
External Advice & Guidance
We have been incredibly impressed by the efforts of staff and students, during the pandemic, to use their skills and talents to support Scotland’s frontline workers. Indeed, many are themselves helping to deliver these frontline services.
We hope that, during this time and if you are working to deliver services, you continue to take all precautions necessary to ensure your own safety and wellbeing, and that of your families. It is essential that your own health remains uppermost in your mind if you choose, however admirably, to volunteer for a key service.
Through Colleges Scotland, the Scottish Government has asked that colleges make their health and social care students, who may have relevant training and experience, aware of paid volunteering opportunities in the care sector through the Ready Scotland portal https://www.readyscotland.org/coronavirus/volunteering
The portal also provides information and signposting on a range of non-health related volunteering opportunities.
If staff or students feel they would like to take up these opportunities, and are safe and able to do so, they should access the portal uploading skills details and ID, at which point they will be asked to download an app which will match them to suitable opportunities. All volunteers would have access, through the portal, to basic online training.