Welcome to the first Blog update of 2020. It has been a busy, busy week not only with staff and students back into the swing of college life, taking part in their events and activities, but also planning ahead to the next academic year and opening our courses for application.
If you or anyone you know is interested in studying with us you can see all our courses here - www.glasgowkelvin.ac.uk/courses/
Read on to see what else has been happening.
Dr Bike Sessions At The College
This week, we hosted 3 Dr Bike sessions at 3 of our campuses. We would like to warmly thank our partners Lambhill stables, Bike for Good and On Bikes for delivering such fantastic sessions. Staff, students and the local community had the opportunity to get free maintenance checks on their bikes and can now ride safely!
Thanks to Craig and Graeme, from Police Scotland, too as they provided security bike marking. This system deters potential thieves as your bike can easily be traced if it is stolen.
Once again, a huge thank you to everyone for supporting the cycling initiatives and for your enthusiasm!
These events were possible thanks to the support of the Smarter Choices, Smarter Places Open Fund delivered by Paths for All.
Please, take note that the next sessions should now take place from spring time. In the meantime, if you have any questions regarding bike maintenance, feel free to be in touch with Sandra or Olga.
Happy New Year 2020 From The Active Travel & Campus Cycling Officers
During Christmas, it’s easy to get a little too carried away and over-indulge on sweet treats and delights. But, what a better way to get fit than to start the year getting back to/taking up cycling?
Here are a few tips to help you get on bikes:
- Make a list of what you need in order to cycle safely and comfortably: lights, high visibility vest, waterproof clothing, a bike, a helmet, etc.
- Make a plan: How are you going to get hold of the material that you need? What is the safest/quickest route? You can contact Olga (firstname.lastname@example.org) for support and to find out how the College can help you in this process.
- Set yourself a challenge: this can be a small challenge, such as cycling to the College one or two days a week. Try to keep the same day(s) every week, and it’ll be easier to stick to it.
- Buddy up! You can cycle with someone who lives close to you, or you can join the College’s regular social rides every Tuesday at 12pm at Springburn campus (starting on January 14th January, from 12 to 1pm).
Recommended Reading From Author Kerry Hudson
Pop into the library and pick up a copy of recommended reading from author Kerry Hudson.
Kerry recently visited Glasgow Kelvin College as part of Book Week Scotland discussing her new book, Lowborn. The book deals with Kerry’s experiences of extreme poverty as a youngster and asks how much poverty in Britain has changed today. Copies available in all campuses.
Kerry’s favourite author list include Lisa O’Donnell, Janice Galloway and Alan warner.
Books available in all campuses!
Travel Survey December 2019 – Winners announcement
An immense thanks to all of you who have completed our Travel Survey, your responses have contributed to a better understanding of students and staff’s travel behaviours, and the College continues to investigate new possibilities to achieve a higher uptake of more sustainable transport options for everyday journeys, making Glasgow Kelvin College a more sustainable institution.
And, as promised, two winners of a £50 VOUCHER to use at Bike for Good (one staff and one student) have been randomly selected. These are:
Staff: Jennifer Lavery
Students: Chloe MacMaster
Congratulations to you both!
College Welcomes Scotland’s Key Historian
Glasgow Kelvin College was thrilled to welcome Professor Sir Tom Devine, Scotland’s most prominent historian, to its East End Campus recently to speak to students.
With an exceptional reputation in Scottish academia, Sir Tom is Professor Emeritus at University of Edinburgh and a leading light in Scottish social and economic history, most notably in the Scottish clearances. The Guardian dubbed him recently as ‘the doyen of Scottish Historians’.
The College’s SWAP Access to Humanities programme, as part of their studies, explore in detail the causes and effects of Scottish migration and its impact on wider global society. Humanities student, Lynsey McFarlane, while reading Sir Tom’s analysis in preparation for her course, decided to get input straight from the horse’s mouth and contacted Sir Tom direct. He was delighted to respond and correspondence between he and Lynsey continued. He eventually agreed to come in and speak to her class and, straight from a meeting in the Scottish Parliament, arrived at the East End Campus to an enthusiastic welcome.
The event was a huge success, with standing room only among students and staff eager to meet and hear from the eminent professor.
A lively and dynamic discussion took place, ranging over topics such as migration, the Scottish Clearances, poverty, Scottish Independence and Brexit to name but a few.
Students were delighted to hear from ‘the rock star of Caledonian historians’ (Scottish Field, 2014) and the College is truly honoured that Sir Tom took time out from his busy schedule to engage with students and staff.
It was a real privilege to host his visit and thanks go to Sir Tom, to Lynsey, to Lecturer Colm Breathnach and to all those who made it possible.
Glasgow Kelvin College started up a volleyball club on the 14th of January and we would like to invite staff and students alike to come along and get involved in this great sporting opportunity.
You will get to be part of a team and will learn the skills and rules or the game. You'll receive coaching and may get the chance to take part in competition games.
To take part go along to the Springburn Campus Games Hall on Tuesdays from 4.15 to 5.15pm.
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That's us finished for this week, but the Blog will be back next Friday, so if you would like to include anything please email the details to Tracey on firstname.lastname@example.org and we will makes sure it is put in.
Have a great weekend!