Information For Students
Message from Principal, Derek Smeall – 3rd June 2020
I hope each of you is keeping healthy and safe as we enter Phase 1 of the Scottish Government’s easing of restrictions.
Thank you, all, for continuing to engage with your learning where possible and for remaining in touch with our dedicated staff who are working remotely and providing support. These are exceptional circumstances and your sterling efforts are very much appreciated.
The recent fine weather has, I hope, provided a little relief. However I appreciate 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.
I am sure you are eager to know more about your qualifications and, for those of you who are returning next academic session, how we intend to progress towards that while continuing to observe restrictions around physical distancing and hygiene in our buildings. Let me provide you with some reassurance on both these issues.
Our teaching staff and internal certification panel are hard at work at the moment assessing and reviewing what you have already completed and submitted and we will be in touch by the end of your course to update you on the process and your achievements.
In addition, we have been busy planning and making preparations for how we approach our new academic year in August. This will involve some significant changes in how our students study and learn and in how we best ensure you have the most inspiring, engaging and safest college experience possible.
To achieve this, we have put together a Transformation & Renewal Framework to help us negotiate our way towards a ‘new normal’. I am keen to share this with you and have summarised the framework. I hope this is useful and informative.
I am looking forward to providing regular updates to you as we move towards the summer. 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 and 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 and 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.