Super College part of ViseUp Campaign

City of Glasgow College is making up to 400 visor frames a day as part of a campaign with SWG3 and The Innovation School at Kelvinside Academy.

The process - from freshly cut sheet to being boxed - takes under 12 minutes and involves using the three laser cutters usually used by Creative Industries’ students at the college’s City campus.

Eddie Carr, Associate Dean for Design at City of Glasgow College, said:

“A team of staff are working each day on producing the frames which are taken to the main hub at Kelvinside Innovation School where they have the acetate visor attached, are cleaned and boxed for dispatch. A range of organisations and education centres are involved in making the visors and it’s fantastic to see the boxes for all the different hospitals and other frontline services ready to be picked up.

“The demand is unbelievable with requests for visors coming in every minute. The first day was about getting set up and prepared for production. Making this happen is a real team effort with support from our estates’ staff and IT colleagues, as well as our building services’ contractors, FES. Due to the strict social distancing guidelines, access is limited to two members of staff at a time. We put out a call for volunteers, which got a great response, and we now have a rota in place – and there’s a bit of competition to see who can produce the most visors each day.”

Paul Little, Principal and Chief Executive at City of Glasgow College, said:

“I am proud and humbled to see our staff and students stepping up to do their bit during this public health crisis. We have delivered dried goods and vital PPE supplies to a number of charities across the city, and beyond, and we will continue to actively contribute to the national and civic resilience effort.”

Along with Kelvinside Academy, Glasgow School of Art, and the wider partner schools' network, the campaign has produced and delivered more than 12,000 custom-built visors to hospitals, surgeries, pharmacies and care homes across Scotland. 

“We have been doing this for the last two weeks and aim to increase our personal production to 2,250 visor frames per week,” added Eddie Carr.

Overall the campaign hopes to reach 25,000 visors a week for delivery across the country.

Glasgow arts and music venue SWG3 funded a campaign to support production of this vital equipment. It has raised over £75,000 so far which is going directly into producing the laser-cut visors for NHS workers, carers and key workers across Scotland. Actor Robert Carlyle has also produced a video in support of Vise Up. 

The creation of Vise Up brings a range of collective efforts under one virtual roof.

Andrew Fleming-Brown, founder and Director of SWG3, said, “There is a huge number of people and organisations involved with this particular project, but our mission is a shared one and very simple – to make and deliver visors to frontline staff as quickly as humanly possible.”

The network of schools and businesses currently involved in ViseUp include: The Innovation School at Kelvinside Academy, SWG3, Badaboom, Clydeside Distillery, Hydro-C, Intelligent Façade Engineering, Glasgow School of Art, NHS Scotland, Morrison Construction Loft Office, Urban Office Architects, Peter Drummond Architects, Larbert High School, Caldervale High, and City of Glasgow College. 

If you are an NHS staff or a Healthcare worker please email to request urgent PPE for next day delivery.