The final day of Stow College as we know it is now upon us. Tomorrow we start a whole new chapter, a new beginning. Hopefully the merging of the three colleges will have the same input to Glasgow’s history as Stow College has had in the past. We look forward to the future and the new challenges this will bring, challenges that will inspire future generations of students
However, for today we will concentrate on Stow, so here is our final post.
Market Maker Competition Update
The competition launched on Wednesday 26th September 2013 at a lunch event held in the Stow West campus. Over forty students attended the event from Stow College and North Glasgow College.
The internal competition was held on Wednesday 23rd October 2013 where the seven teams competed in a Dragon’s Den style event at North Glasgow College to a panel of external business contacts. Competing teams were – Picnmix, Fashion Raincoat, Freedom Trend, Sole Sisters, Me Cups, Infobank Industries and Scotia Weddings. Each team pitched their business idea to the panel and used the skills they have gained and developed throughout the competition.
This was a fantastic event and the feedback from both the panel and the students taking part has been so positive. After lengthy deliberation, it was decided that the winning team will be Infobank Industries from the PJEA Course at Stow College with their mobile app concept which replaces the need for business cards.
Infobank Industries (Keiran Mitchell, Chris Gallagher, Ross McCann and Yousef Rahman) will now go on and create their online presence for the business and identify potential sources of funding. Market Maker will assign them a mentor to assist them with their preparation for the finals which are held at the Institute of Directors in Pall Mall, London. They will also have additional support from one of the panel members, Craig McAuley from The Boiler Change Company who has volunteered to give them valuable advice and support.
ILS News Of The Week
This may be the last blog under the Stow banner, but it’s business as usual for ILS! We’ve got resources for your course in print and electronic format, so why not drop-in and see what’s new for your subject area?
We have been working hard to transfer the information on our Learning Gateway to Moodle over the past few months and now have a new ILS resources information page on each faculty home page on Moodle. You will see the link “ILS Resources” on the homepage of your Faculty Moodle page (NB in Science, Health and Care Faculty see the student area of the Faculty page). The ILS link will take you to an ILS page full of resources information for courses specific to the Faculty. Why not have a look and see what you can discover?
Finally we would like to remind you that the Learning Centre and SuperFlex are closed 1 November for vesting day events. See you on Monday 4th as normal.
Thursday 24th of October 2013 saw Stow College host its last graduation ceremony at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall.
The evening kicked off at 7.00 pm with students and their families enjoying entertainment from Harry and the Hendersons and Stow’s dancers (amongst others) as well as listening to inspiring speeches and of course receiving their well earned certificates.
One student has summed it all up for us very eloquently.
My name is Michael Leonard, I studied the Higher National Certificate in Computer Aided Draughting and Design of 2012-13. I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Stow College, and I really appreciated the help that I received throughout the course from my lecturers.
The graduation at The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall on the 24th October 2013 was excellent. This was a really nice ending to both the course and of the Stow College era. There were live acts from musical bands and dancers which was very pleasant to listen to. I am honoured to say that I graduated from Stow College and I will always cherish this memory.
Congratulations to Michael and to all our other 2013 Graduates, we wish you all the best in your future endeavours.
Stow City Campus held an all day Halloween Party on Friday the 25th as a farewell celebration for staff and students to mark the legacy of Stow College. The morning kicked off with a free Halloween breakfast for everyone and there were no classes in the afternoon so the party could continue with a free lunch and entertainment.
The fancy dress competition was won by Morven Thomson for her fantastic Cruella De Ville outfit and to team Mike’s Mistresses who won the Stow quiz.
Memories of Stow
The first piece of text this week is from Stephanie Letham one of our Business Admin students
I have been a student here at Stow College since the 27th August 2012. This time next year I will graduate from Glasgow Kelvin College with a HND in Business and Administration. However I will always take away memories from my time here at Stow College.
If someone was to ask me what makes Stow College so special, what would strike out the most is the opportunities I have received through Stow; being involved in the One Day Challenge event in 2012, attending the Power of Youth event, working for the Student Association over the summer of 2013, gaining work experience in the Human Resource Department and travelling to London with students from the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy to represent team Stow at the final of the Pants to Poverty competition in June 2013. These are only some of the amazing opportunities I have received here. However I personally believe that the high standards of teaching and learning I receive will not be affected due this merger.
I will be proud to say I started my education with Stow College and graduated from Glasgow Kelvin College
This memory is from Graham Fairweather a former Access student (taken from Facebook page)
I went to Stow in 1991 for a one year Access course to get me an entry into higher education after wasting years on the dole. 20 years later, armed with an honours degree in Electrical Engineering from Strathclyde Univeristy I now live in Australia and have completely changed my life. Long time ago now but I cannot thank STOW enough for what they have done for me.
Well that’s us, Stow’s final blog update is finished. Thank you to everyone who has contributed to our weekly posts and of course to all of you that took the time to read it. We hope to start blogging again soon under the Glasgow Kelvin banner so keep an eye out for us.
Until then Zai Jian, Farvel, Aloha, Shalom, Namaste, Arrivederci, Slán Leat, Sayonara, Adiós, Khuda Hafiz, Do Widzenia, Auf Wiedersehen, Au Revoir, Ma’as Salaam, Abar Dekha Hobe, Eyvallah ……….. Talk to you later!!!
There is no real ending. It’s just the place where you stop the story – Frank Herbert