Glasgow Kelvin College is delighted that it has been announced as a finalist for this year’s British Council International Category from the Association of Colleges.
The Award nomination focuses on the sterling work which the College has undertaken with its Indian partners to address inclusion and social justice, exchanging knowledge, skills and sharing best practice. Innovative skills exchange visits focusing on textile design have involved Glasgow Kelvin students from across the curriculum in exposure to new cultures, new ways of creative working and supporting the rehabilitation process of acid attack survivors.
Currently the College is working closely with the Skill Council for Persons with Disability and Lemon Tree Hotels. The exchange of knowledge and best practice is helping to establish a framework for people with additional needs to be trained for and recruited to sustainable, full-time jobs, a model which Lemon Tree Hotels has operated successfully for some years.
The initiative is funded through UKIERI (UK India Education Research Initiative) and central to this is the engagement of employers to be involved in the programme. Glasgow Kelvin is also making adjustments to its curriculum to reflect the excellent and successful work being undertaken by its partners in India.
Being shortlisted for the Beacon Award is a recognition of the impact of this initiative.
Now in its 24th year, the AoC Beacon Awards showcase best practice and innovation in colleges.
This year AoC has joined in partnership with TES their trusted and respected media partner, to promote and celebrate the great work and success of colleges and the FE sector.
Although the judging of the AoC Beacon Awards and the TES FE Awards will be undertaken separately, they will jointly announce and celebrate the winners at “Tes FE Awards in association with AoC Beacon Awards” ceremony in on the 22 March 2019. This event will recognise the very best exemplars of best practice across FE.
Glasgow Kelvin College Principal, Alan Sherry, said;
“We are thrilled to have our Indian partnership work recognised nationally by Association of Colleges as a finalist for the Beacon Awards. In addition, we are excited at the involvement of the British Council in the International Award. We continue to learn from the experience of our Indian partners; Guntur Polytechnic for Women, the Make Love Not Scars charitable organisation and, more recently, both the Skill Council for Persons with Disability and Lemon Tree Hotels in creating an inclusive, vibrant and successful working environment for people with additional support needs.
It’s a real privilege to have reached the finals alongside so many of our respected colleagues in the sector. We pass on our congratulations to the other finalists and look forward to the ceremony in March 2019.”
Carole Stott MBE, Chair of the AoC Charitable Trust, said:
“The Beacon Awards were created to highlight the great work that goes on in colleges every day.
Colleges do great work transforming the lives of more than two million people each day and are deeply embedded within their communities. Glasgow Kelvin College has done exceptionally well to get this far and we wish them the best of luck.”
Glasgow Kelvin HN Fashion students are pictured here with families from Udaan Welfare Foundation on a recent visit to Mumbai.