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ONNECT 5 Jan 2014

Glasgow Kelvin College - Monthly Newsletter

West End

January Edition



East End Easterhouse

Our guys are training!

The Commonwealth Games

It’s all about the music



What’s On In January? Dates for your Diary

A Multi-media Multi-purpose trip A team-building field trip to Balmaha for students across faculties

Glasgow Kelvin College… Winner of the Beacon Award

IT’S GOOD TO RECYCLE Our NC Computer Games students are looking for your old Phones...

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Happy New Year to you all. I hope that you and your families had an enjoyable festive break and that you have returned refreshed for the new term.

Unfortunately you will be aware that City Campus was flooded on 9th January due to a burst water main. I would like to pay tribute to Cathie, John ,Tony and the other members of campus staff who dealt with this event so promptly and effectively. Work is being carried out and we hope that City Campus will be fully operational again shortly though of course there will be a number of repairs to be carried out to achieve that. The consultation document on the remaining elements of the teaching management structure was issued early January. I am sorry about the delay but other events overtook us in the run up to the winter holiday. The consultation period ends on 22 January and I would encourage staff to make sure that their voice is heard. I hope to have the remaining elements of the support staff management structure out for consultation next week. The meetings with the support staff prior to the end of term were very positive and I welcomed the opportunity to answer a range of questions on the merger and other topics. Evening Class enrolment at the Springburn campus went well on Wednesday 8th January and I would wish to thank the staff who worked on that evening. Tickets sold out fast for the performances of Cats by our Performing Art learners so you will need to be quick for the next Kelvin Theatre Company performances Avenue Q and Romeo & Juliet Finally it looks like any hope the Rocks had of making the play-offs this season are gone after a poor festive period but the games are still fun to attend so make sure you speak to David Robertson about getting tickets.

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City Campus Flood

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Festive Frolicks...

ESOL learners at Springburn Campus attended their annual Christmas party on 19th December. The event was organised and run by the ESOL for Work class.

The programme included the usual party games; pass the parcel, Hokey Cokey and musical chairs – both students and teachers! There was also a visit from someone from the North Pole. Learners and staff enjoyed an excellent selection of food from all different countries and the event concluded with a Christmas quiz and Auld Lang Syne.

Christmas Craft Fair 2013


ESOL Christmas Party

The winner of our first Christmas Card competition Kayleigh MacPherson.

Kayleigh’s prize, a £50 Amazon Voucher was presented by Alan Inglis, Vice Principal, Learning & Teaching

The Annual Christmas Craft Fair featured products made by both Glasgow Kelvin College students/former students and local businesses, with many great things to buy such as designer jewellery, chocolates & confectionery, bags, stationary and cards. It was definitely a worthwhile event, the students enjoyed it too. Total raised, including crafts, bake sale, junk to funk, photo booth, vendors fees (£100 donation from Bea too) £1,500 ( give or take a couple of quid). Page 2


Commonwealth The Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games is set to be the biggest sporting and cultural event Scotland and Glasgow has ever seen. 17 sports will be contested over 11 days of competition, taking place from 23rd July to 3rd August 2014. Glasgow Kelvin College is backing the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. We are encouraging staff and students to get involved. If your faculty or department is planning or working on any specific activity/projects with staff and/or students. We would be grateful if you could provide a brief summary on these.



Glasgow Rocks Glasgow Rocks, a pro-basketball team, is a member of the expanding British Basketball League, the premier league for this sport in Great Britain. They are key participants in several community initiatives such as the ‘Shell Twilight Basketball’ programme and ‘Jump2it’ which target children and young people in areas of deprivation throughout Scotland. Partnership with the Rocks gives our college brand recognition on the court, in the arena, in the community, and beyond. Some of the benefits include:

Glasgow Kelvin College is now running seven security courses for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. Students attending will go through the Understanding Stewarding at Spectator Events course as well as Door Supervision training, giving them two qualifications and their SIA badge. This will enable them to seek well-paid work in the security sector. Students will also be able to work at the Commonwealth Games. The courses will run from January to March 2014, after which the students will get venue-specific training for their job roles. These courses are a good example of Glasgow Kelvin College contributing to an historic event for Glasgow, where our students will be making sure people are safe and have a good time. Page 3

- Shirt Branding - Court Branding - Courtside Boards - Official Game Programme - Arena Promotion - Website - Community Sponsorship - Tickets & Hospitality - wide range of options for large staff groups or high-level VIPs

If you would like complimentary seats for the following matches: Sun 2 February 2014 Sun 9 February 2014 Contact Hazel at:

It is National Libraries Day on Saturday 8 February A celebration of libraries of all kinds. Since we have 4 libraries in Glasgow Kelvin College (at City, Springburn, Easterhouse and East End Campuses) why not drop-in to reacquaint yourself with your campus library, or find out what is available at a campus library you’ve never visited before? Staff would be pleased to see you and tell you about the facilities and services available. As it says on the website promoting the day “National Libraries Day shines a light on the people that provide access to knowledge in our communities, workplaces, schools, colleges and universities; librarians and information professionals. Every day they are improving literacy rates, connecting people with the information they need to succeed and helping to build a fair and prosperous society.” So drop-in and find out more about these wonderful sources of information and support at your campus.

National Library of Scotland Events...


The Glenriddell Manuscripts

A nation of dreams and ideas

Movable Popup books

Mystery book sculptures

......................................................................................... Volunteers required...

132ft Bungee Jump for Yorkhill Family House The Ronald McDonald House at Yorkhill Hospital is looking for 50 brave souls to set their adrenaline pumping and take part in their Highland Fling Bungee at Killiecrankie, Perthshire on Saturday 22nd March 2014! The House provides free accommodation to over 600 families each year, whilst their child is treated at the Hospital – please come along and help us raise vital funds for this facility. You must be 14 years or older, and under 18.9 stone in weight to take part.

Please call Allison at the House on 0141 201 0782 or email Minimum Sponsorship £140

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Behind the scenes at the Kings As part of a ‘return to industry’ incentive, students from Springburn Campus have had the privilege of sitting in with the Theatre band at the Kings Theatre and watching how the sound processes work as well as being able to question ‘the best in the business’ theatre musicians.

Sound Production students from Springburn and the East End Campuses will also get the opportunity to tour the theatre and an insight to the PA involved from the Front of House engineer (Mixing engineer). The field trip was a real hands-on experience for students who want to work in the industry and will benefit then greatly in their career path.

What have our students been up to... AND


A trip to Balmaha encouraged Childcare students to bond as part of a team building exercise. Activities included, pond skimming, (with nets not themselves), 'meet a tree' and a bug and scavenger hunt. The activities were designed to encourage problem solving skills, teamwork and communication and to build trust and confidence. These activities were caught on camera by Photography students and recorded on video by our Digital Media students who will use the footage for their own course work. It was a great day with fabulous weather considering it was December and a great integrated project to encourage and motivate all the learners. Students soon forgot about the cameras as they engaged with the activities. And to sum up their experience...brilliant, can we do it again?

It’s never to late to learn...

Marie Middlemiss is going to be 85 and has achieved her first certification in her life (intro to wordprocessing)

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HND Accounting

2nd Year class will be visiting STV studios on 24th January – for the fourth consecutive year.

STV have again kindly provided the students with the opportunity of a Q & A with the Chief Financial Officer of STV – George Watt. The Schedule includes a tour, viewing the lunchtime news bulletin live from the gallery and a presentation with Q&A’s to George Watt, Chief Financial Officer.

Glasgow Kelvin Winner of Beacon Award Staff and students are celebrating the news that Glasgow Kelvin College has been awarded the prestigious Association of Colleges (AoC) Beacon Award for 14-19 Widening Participation. Glasgow Kelvin College won the award for its Youth Access programme which brings together a number of community partners with the College to offer a large youth access programme for 12-19 year olds, operating across several centres. Glasgow Kelvin College will be presented with its Award by Matthew Hancock MP, Minister for Skills and Enterprise, at a national presentation ceremony due to be held at Westminster on 5 February 2014.

Serign is a WINNER! Still riding the high of the Entrepreneurial Oscars ‘Hatchery Hits The Street’ our very own Serign Senneh (former Peter Jones Academy student) hits the headlines yet again. Receiving the top award for best pitch, Serign walked away with a £2000 cheque. Serign’s flourishing business, Palm, is an online African & Caribbean marketplace where businesses can sell directly to their customers in the UK. Customers will be able to search for and find a variety of good quality African & Caribbean products from UK retailers making it easy and worthwhile for both. We wish you every success Serign!

It’s good to Recycle This is in the hope that you, or maybe someone in your family, is enjoying a new mobile phone, courtesy of Santa. And you may have a drawer full of old handsets that you keep meaning to pass on to one of the charities but never get round to it. If so, here’s an alternative: The NC Computer Games students at City campus are working on developing some android ‘apps’ and are keen to see how well they work on different versions of android on across a range of manufacturers. If you have an android phone, with charger etc., that is no longer in use and you’d be happy to donate it, we’d LOVE to receive it!

If you’re able to help, then I’d be delighted to hear from you.


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Electric Honey News & Events


Young Aviators having released their debut album “Self

Help” in May 2013 the band have just returned from Austria and Germany following very successful support slots on the Sport Freund Stiller Tour. The headlining band had a No1 album in Germany last year and play to an average of 4,000 fans per night so we managed to sell quite a few CD’s and digital downloads and at the same time raise the bands profile. The band are currently touring with Travis on their UK tour culminating in two sell out shows at the Glasgow Barrowland on the 20th and 21st of December. Check below the video for the Young Aviators current single “We’ve got names for folks like you”

Young Aviators

The O’s

Alex Hynes The O’s Harry and the Hendersons Schnarrf Schnarrff

The O’s an alternative country duo from Dallas Texas.

Electric Honey have licensed this acts “Thunderdog” album for the UK as they are about to embark on a UK tour supporting the newly reformed Del Amitri. The band will also play the recently opened Glasgow Hydro with Del Amitri and the Big Dish for a special Celtic Connections show on the 24th of January as well as their own headlining shows during Celtic Connections at the Arches on the 25th of January. Here is the title track from the album. This is the first release to have both the Electric Honey and Glasgow Kelvin College logos side by side. The O’s will be featured on BBC Radio Scotlands Tom Mortons show and the band are also recording a radio session for the Ricky Ross Country show. Listen up!

It’s all about...

French Wives on US T.V. programme “Reign” Electric Honey

signings French Wives single “Younger” has been featured in a recent episode of the American T.V. Blockbuster “Reign” which have boosted digital sales.

Harry and the Hendersons Following the release of

their Debut single “Give me proof” the band are at the mixing stage of an E.P. set to be released in spring 2014. Earlier this month the band performed and impressed the audience at the Creative and Cultural Skills National Conference which took place at the Scottish National Gallery in Edinburgh.

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French Wives

Harry and the Hendersons

Alex Hynes Solo acoustic artist Alex is currently working on the

follow up to his debut E.P. release “Calm your Breath” which was supported financially by Creative Scotland and the Tolbooth Arts centre in Stirling. Alex performed 20 nights at this years Edinburgh Fringe festival and made many new friends and fans. Here is a video for Alex’s song “Sarah” directed written and produced by students on the T.V. and film production HND course.

Electric Honey News & Events

Schnarrf Schnarrff New signings to Electric Honey, this Invernesian band are ready to mix their new E.P. at Beetroot studios in early February with the release of their debut E.P. in mid April 2014.

Electric Honey 21st Anniversary Compilation

This project will map the acts which have contributed to the Electric Honey label over the past 21 years including the current roster. This will help publicise the fact that the label is continuing to function as part of the new Glasgow Kelvin College. Acts lined up for inclusion include Belle and Sebastian, King Creosote and Woodenbox

Springburn Campus operates an International exchange programme with schools in

Finland, Estonia and Spain. At the end of January, our music and sound production students will be welcoming five Finnish musicians to rehearse, record and perform some sets in collaboration with each other.

the music The Faktory

12th Feb

This project culminates in a gig which will be held in The Faktory, 17 Byres Road. 12th February. Doors open at 7 p.m. and there will be an offer on the unique cocktail, the ‘Buckfast Bomb’ to entice some of our more adventurous students. There will be D.J.s playing following the bands until 2 a.m. and we would like to invite all of our new colleagues and students at Glasgow Kelvin to join us.

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What’s On at G Dates for your Diary


Avenue Q

Rutherglen Town Hall: 22nd - 25th January Ayr Gaiety Theatre: 29th Jan - 1st Feb

Romeo & Juliet Village Theatre East Kilbride: 22nd - 25th January Rutherglen Town Hall 139 Main Street, Rutherglen, South Lanarkshire, G73 2JJ Box office: 0141 613 5700 Tickets: £12/£7 Wed Jan 22nd 2014 Thu Jan 23rd 2014 Fri Jan 24th 2014 Sat Jan 25th 2014

– 7.30pm – 7.30pm – 7.30pm – 7.30pm

Village Theatre Maxwell Drive, East Kilbride, G74 4HG

01355 248669 Tickets: £8/£6.50

Wed 22nd Jan 2014 Thu 23rd Jan 2014 Fri 24th Jan 2014 Sat 25th Jan 2014

– 7.30pm – 7.30pm – 7.30pm – 7.30pm

For more info on these shows on our Events tab on the college Facebook page

Click on the image below to watch some highlights from the STUNNING performance of Cats earlier this month...

Micro-Tyco is a fun, fast and furious business challenge that brings our whole society together.’ Enterprise Challenges are a great way to help students develop their entrepreneurial, leadership and employability skills; but this national challenge also supports social enterprise and citizenship. The funds raised will support the Wildheart Charity which aims to tackle economic injustice by providing microfinance loans across thirty-seven countries in the developing world. Please encourage your students to participate and to register online by Friday 24th January. More information is available at the following links including a a video you can show to your students.

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