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Glasgow Kelvin College - Bi-Monthly Newsletter

West End



East End Easterhouse

June Edition

a retrospective of news and events from April/May

Glasgow Kelvin College Prize-Giving

NEWS FROM GALLERY NORTH Our very own Pantrepreneurs “It’s not YSL! It’s GKC!” Students Snap up Computers in Photography Contest

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That was the month that was...

an update from the Principal’s Blog

.......................................................................................... If You Want to Get Ahead Get A Hat... At the Board two weeks ago Niki Campbell was welcomed as the Unison branch member in attendance. Members also approved two responses to Scottish Government consultation exercises and noted the membership of the Glasgow Colleges' Regional Board. The Context Statement was endorsed and welcomed as a key overview of the work of the College. The Strategic Agreement between the three Glasgow Colleges, SFC and the Regional Chair which set out the principles for the Glasgow Region Curriculum and Estates Review was approved. David and Chris I am sure will keep you informed of the detail. It was also Chris' last meeting and members thanked him for his contribution and presented him with a painting by a learner as an appreciation of his work as the support staff Board member. The HMIe AEV went well the College received positive feedback in a number of areas. HMI John Laird will present his report to the June Board and we will circulate it immediately afterwards. The 3 Glasgow Colleges, with West College, met Greater Glasgow and Clyde NHS Trust last week to discuss refreshing the strategic partnership agreement which outlines how we will work in collaboration to provide education and training for current NHS staff and new recruits. There was a very successful internal Planning Event held at the East End campus where there was considerable discussion on the strategic priorities for the College and the format of operational plans. I am sure that your TU colleagues will brief you on the session. We have established a learner recruitment working group chaired by Robin Ashton to provide additional support for our admissions processes. Heads of Faculty will keep you briefed on it activities. Major changes to Colleges Scotland and the College Development Network were announced last week more details are available on their website. The HMI team on the Learner Success Aspect task visited the College on 22 May and made positive comment on what they found. I attended the Fashion Show last week and what a show it was! A tremendous example of what talented students supported by committed staff can achieve. The event was also supported by TV Production, Hair and Beauty staff and learners from Springburn, City and East End Campus who also contributed to the success of event.

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‘Award Winning Programme Congratulates More Learners

recently received a welcome funding boost from Big Lottery has completed its fifth programme and is now in its sixth intake of students, supported by Glasgow Kelvin College!!


Thenue Housing Association’s ‘Learning Works’ programme which has

The programme, which is also part-funded by Clyde Gateway and the Talented learners pictured here with staff from both Scottish Government’s ‘People and Thenue Housing and Glasgow Kelvin College. Communities’ fund, was organised and resourced by Thenue Housing Association to deliver employability and personal development skills to local residents in the East End. Alan Inglis, Vice Principal of Glasgow Kelvin College, was delighted to present college certificates to each of the successful students at the College’s East End Campus. Running for 10 weeks at a time, this initiative has now witnessed over 80 people gaining skills for employability and personal wellbeing, equipping them for the workplace or further learning. This most recent group of learners to complete were full of praise for the support they received from the Employability Support Worker and are keen to put their new-found skills into practice. Presenting their certificates, Alan Inglis, Vice Principal – Learning and Teaching at Glasgow Kelvin College, said, “We are delighted to once again host the ceremony recognising the achievements of the students on this hugely worthwhile programme. The success of the ‘Learning Works’ groups underscores the value of partnership working and we are privileged to be part of this. Congratulations go to all the learners who are here this evening, and to the staff who have supported them on this journey. Our thanks go out to Thenue Housing Association for their continued trust and confidence and we look forward to continuing our partnership in the future.”

Local Councillor, Yvonne Kucuk, congratulating the students said,

Learning changed my life and I am always supportive of what the college does. Courses like the Learning Works programme can be the first step on the road to realising your aspirations and the start of a whole new future.

Tracy Lennon, Employability Support Worker at Thenue said,

Learning Works has been an incredible success. We are doing our bit to help get people back into work.

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Don’t miss this amazing exhibit!!

Keep up to date with our budding artists on Facebook - Gallery North

Thirteen is a collective of HND art students who exhibited their work for the last time together in May. Although their work and styles vary, the students believe they have a flow that can only be achieved by the differences of each individual and their chosen themes.

More from Gallery North


PRIZEWINNERS Art lecturer Nicola Carberry and former Degree student Flora Alexander were both prizewinners at the Paisley Art Institute annual exhibition. They are standing next to their winning artworks. Nicola has also won a scholarship to the prestigious Vermont Studio Centre in America this summer along with fellow Glasgow Kelvin lecturer Alastair Strachan.

Degree student Flora Alexander

Art lecturer Nicola Carberry

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Glasgow Kelvin College students say,

“It’s not YSL! It’s GKC!” If you had visited Glasgow Kelvin College’s Springburn Campus last week you would have been forgiven for thinking you had been transported to one of the chic fashion houses in Paris or Milan. Future Coco Chanels, Stella McArtneys and Donna Karans had the chance to show off their creations at GKC’s annual student Charity Fashion Shows. The shows are the culmination of GKC fashion students’ Higher National courses, and not only do spectators get first view of the skilfully produced garments, but because all ticket proceeds go to Glasgow Yorkhill’s Children’s Charity, they are supporting a worthy cause at the same time. All the creations have been designed and created by the HN Fashion students, who also organised the extravaganza. From futuristic space-themed trouser suits, to 1930s inspired wedding dresses, via casual summer wear and fantastic fascinators and hats, the designs on display rivalled anything you would see at London Fashion Week. The whole affair was a successful collaboration between various College faculties. The designs were brought to life by GKC students who strutted down the cat-walk just like professional fashion models; the exquisite hair designs and make-up were provided by GKC Beauty Therapy students; and the lighting , music and photography were all controlled by students from the Faculty of Creative and Digital Industries. Principal Alan Sherry said, “The Fashion Show is great way to highlight the level of talent, imagination and enterprise from Glasgow Kelvin students. Events like this give students from across a whole range of curriculum areas the opportunity to work together, to learn from each other and ultimately produce a high quality output that showcases a wide variety of skills.” The shows kicked off on Tuesday 20 May.

Don’t miss the Degree Show!

9th - 13th June

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Our five fashion students taking part in Pants to Poverty 2014

The Pantrepreneur 2014 Competition

This national competition provides an opportunity for students to work on a real business challenge. The competition runs until mid-June and the first prize is a once in a lifetime trip to India. Hoping to raise as much money as they can for this brilliant cause, the girls have been selling their pants across the campuses in an attempt to reach their target. They have set up a fantastic website and hope to drum up business from here and the social media presence they have created. To support the team please like their facebook page and visit their website for up to date news, events and video footage.

DESIGNS ON LATVIA... A group of Glasgow Kelvin College HNC Fashion students recently spent two weeks in Latvia learning more about their craft. Through the EU Leonardo Mobility transnational exchange programme, the College has worked collaboratively with the Liepaja Art & Design Association to share skills and knowledge. Key to the visit was the opportunity to learn about leatherwork and the curing of hides, a new experience for the students. They also spent some time with the school's photography department learning about styling and product photography. The students enjoyed mixing with their Latvian colleagues and Chelsea Joslyn said, "This is very different to how we work in Scotland and it's certainly a very valuable and interesting exercise. Also, we don't have a leatherwork facility so all this is completely new. We've really enjoyed the experience."

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photography lecturer Simon Murphy,

gives us a snap shot of his recent trip to


The images and stories behind these were published in the Daily Record and the Herald magazine over the month of April. PHOTOGRAPHY STUDENTS PUT ON A SHOW!



Students Snap up Computers in Photography Contest Stunning images by Glasgow students have helped them win computers worth almost £2,000 in the Future City | Glasgow photography competition. Student Istvan Jancso was awarded the title of overall winner and lifted the top prize of a 13� MacBook Pro laptop. His images included a beautiful Glasgow cityscape spread beneath a vast blue sky. The 31-year-old is studying for an HNC in Photography at Springburn Campus and plans to do an HND when he completes his current course.

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GKC Advertising

Teaching staff will no doubt be aware that we are fast approaching the end of the school year. Traditionally, this is a time when many school leavers who haven’t yet decided on their next step actually start looking at their options. So although there has been much recruitment activity throughout the College over the past few months, May and June were always planned as important months for GKC advertising. We have therefore scheduled some press and poster advertising for the next few weeks. Click on the image above to see examples of the ads and where they will be published. This schedule will be augmented as appropriate to promote other recruitment activity such as GKC Open Days etc.

You or one of your colleagues may have received an invitation to a GKC ‘Listening Lunch’. If you have and are available, please try to come along for a spot of lunch. There is however, as we all know, no such thing as a free lunch, and the catch here is you may not know any of the other invitees. This is actually the main objective of the Listening Lunches – to give staff the opportunity to meet other GKC staff that they wouldn’t necessarily come in to contact with as part of their normal working day. These meetings are informal and the topics of conversation will develop during the course of the lunch. Discussion could be around College activities, but could as easily focus on invitees’ interests and hobbies. And, if appropriate, any newsworthy items can be disseminated through the staff newsletter


Over the next few days you will notice some Special Ks being set up in strategic areas across the five campuses. These are not to encourage staff to “drop a dress size in five days,” but you can still use them to get something off your chest!

The Special Ks are essentially sounding boards where staff are being asked to post comments or questions on anything they think is relevant to Glasgow Kelvin College. This could be a news item, an upcoming event, or just general comments on what’s been good and what’s been not so good during the first six months of Glasgow Kelvin College’s existence. Post-it pads and pens will be located next to the Special Ks. Comments can be anonymous, unless someone specifically wants a reply. Again, the information and questions gathered from the Special Ks will be used to form the basis of articled for the Konnect-5 newsletter.

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Glasgow Kelvin College Prize-Giving On Friday 27 June, the first GKC Prize-giving ceremony will take place in the impressive setting of Glasgow City Cambers’ Banqueting Hall. Faculty staff have been asked to identify successful students from non-advanced courses that have been inspirational to other students and have overcome significant barriers to complete their programme. Each student will be recognised for their achievement. Prize winners will be invited to celebrate their success before an invited audience comprising of family, friends, employers, College partners, staff and Board members.

Graduation Students on HN programmes will have the opportunity to celebrate their success with family, friends and College staff at the inaugural GKC Graduation Ceremony on Wednesday 18th November at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall. Thank you to all the staff who have volunteered to help with this, we will be in touch. Please let the Marketing section know of any particularly interesting student success stories that could be highlighted as part of the promotional activity surrounding either the Prize-giving or the Graduation. Please send any details or suggestions to David Robertson, Rose Fairley or Hilary Ramsay as appropriate. Page 11

Stakeholder Spotlight... JACKIE SHEARER Chief Executive Officer and Arts Manager, Glasgow East Arts Company Jackie Shearer, Arts Manager for Glasgow East Arts Company (GEAC), has worked very closely with the College since the organisation’s installation in The Bridge, the first-class cultural and leisure facility adjacent to our Easterhouse Campus, in 2006. As the driving force behind Platform, the arts centre at the heart of The Bridge, Jackie has helped to increase the footfall and usage of The Bridge, witnessing its development into one of the most popular arts and social venues in the city which embraces its community and provides positive opportunities for all. Glasgow Kelvin College works in close partnership with GEAC and Glasgow Life to ensure that the excellent facilities at The Bridge (Library and Learning Centre, Café, two recording studios, a studio dance theatre and rehearsal space, 200 seater auditorium, swimming pool and health& leisure facilities) are available to college students, staff and residents from all over the city and beyond. Jackie and her team have worked consistently to create a welcoming and creative space which offers learning opportunities and a range of workshops and classes, both within The Bridge and out in the community – significantly, GEAC takes the lead role in co-ordinating the Festival events in the area. Platform can boast a huge programme of theatrical, music festival, dance and arts-related productions, as well as stimulating classes in music, dance, drama and languages, some of which are delivered in partnership with the College. It’s also a key player in the Youth Access programme. With a background in arts development as Artistic Director of the Tolbooth Arts Centre in Stirling, Jackie maintains that partnership working is the key to successful community engagement and is proud of GEAC’s achievements to date. She says, “Over the next five years we’re working to become a Centre of Excellence in community engagement, with high quality arts activities and facilities which will stimulate creativity and raise aspirations within the local community. We’re already trailblazing in a number of areas and our partnership gives us the confidence to develop our service even further. “The ‘fit’ between what each partner provides ensures that everyone using The Bridge has a consistent and exciting experience. We’re also able to offer students relevant and practical workplace learning as part of their programme. Everybody wins!” For more information, click on the Pathfinder website or go to

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AND More Awards for GKC... Craftex 2014, the annual Trades House of Glasgow craft awards and exhibition, set within the superb Trades Hall, Glassford Street, Glasgow, ran on Thursday 5 June. Craftex exhibits the top curriculum work prepared by students across a great diversity of subjects, as well as rewarding the best in each of the 27 categories. Established in 1995 by the Trades House, the exhibition will attract thousands of visitors including business and careers representatives.

AND OUR WINNERS WERE.... Photography Advanced - Istvan Jancsco Photography Non Advanced – James Wylie Prize for Team Entry Fashion Advanced – Catriona Ramsay Fashion Non Advanced – Chelsea Joslyn Jewellery Advanced – Kathleen Lee Jewellery Fashion – Non Advanced Donna Morgan Jewellery Allied Product – Non Advanced – John O’Neil Nail Art – Advanced – Neva Hawkins Millinery Advanced – Abigail Boulstridge Millinery Non Advanced – Ruth Maltman

Creative Arts Exhibition Glasgow Kelvin College’s hugely talented Creative Industries students are holding their year-end exhibitions at the Springburn Campus this year, with a variety of displays and installations for art-lovers and fashionistas everywhere. The show previewd on Thursday 5th June and guests were invited to journey through the many exciting and thought-provoking exhibitions and displays dotted within the beautiful Springburn Campus building.

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June 2014