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Our HND Coaching and Developing Sport students did a tremendous job organising their mental health awareness event on Friday 3 May.

The event included a football tournament and other sporting activities, but wasn't just limited to sport.

There was a powerful presentation by the SFA's Head of Community Development Paul McNeill – who fronted the SFA’s ‘Football Saved My Life’ campaign, external agencies had stalls where students could seek support and advice, and hair and beauty treatments were on offer.

Over £1,300 was raised for the Kris Boyd Charity on the day!

Stars show their support for campaign

You may have seen some famous faces on our social media platforms in the run-up to the #PassingPositivity event.

The campaign was backed by stars such as Outlander actor Steven Cree (pictured), WWE wrestlers Drew McIntyre and Viper, and the likes of Chris Sutton, Hayley McQueen and Jim White from the sporting world.

Click on #PassingPositivity to hear what they had to say!

Wear It On Your Sleeve
This week is Mental Health Awareness Week and our students and staff are getting involved with the Student Association's 'Wear It On Your Sleeve' campaign.

The bright pink jumpers with the campaign slogan emblazoned down the arm have been doing a great job in raising awareness of mental health support available at the College.
Enterprising Students
The first students to benefit from the Ayrshire College Foundation's Enterprising Students Fund have been revealed, with four students receiving a grant of £5,000:
  • HNC Business Management student Aaron Gregory and his business Pathogen Merchandising and Fulfilment,
  • NC Sound Production student Scott Haddow and his business Eleven:Eleven,
  • HNC Art & Design student Sandra Laurenson (pictured) and her business Jolly Well Made,
  • HNC Photography student Bryan Shaw and his business 1815 Media.
Sun Turtle Records release new music

The latest artist signed to our Sound Production students' record label - Sun Turtle Records - has released a four-track EP, and performed at a launch event organised by the students' PR company High Tide PR.

Ayrshire psych-rock artist and Access to HNC Music student, Gerald James, aka JOG, released his debut EP ‘Driftwood’ on Friday 10 May and performed at Kilmarnock's 'The Tartan Suite' the following night.

Sun Turtle Records was created to give Ayrshire musicians an opportunity to record and release original music while at the same time giving our Sound Production students real experience of the music industry. 

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Winning Make-over

Students at our Ayr Campus treated four lucky competition winners from Stagecoach West Scotland to a celebrity makeover and afternoon tea.

Stagecoach's in-house competition prize was a makeover with Celebrity Stylist Mark Heyes, best known for providing fashion advice on the ITV lifestyle show ‘Lorraine’.

Each winner received one hour of personal shopping with Mark, followed by hair and make-up provided by our Make-up Artistry and Hairdressing students, then treated to afternoon tea, provided by Professional Cookery and Hospitality students at our training restaurant Westerly.

Electric/Hybrid training for lecturer
Our Motor Vehicle lecturer David Hay has been powering up his knowledge of ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEVs) at a training initiative held at New College Lanarkshire.

The training will ensure we are at the forefront of latest developments in low carbon transport, supporting the Scottish Government’s aim of phasing out new petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2032.

Photography Exhibition

HNC and HND Photography students have showcased a selection of their work at a professional gallery exhibition at the Harbour Arts Centre in Irvine.

The ‘Focused’ exhibition is an opportunity for our Ayr-based students to see the diverse and creative output they have developed.

Meanwhile our Kilwinning-based Photography students have been working with Historic Environment Scotland on a series of snaps to showcase Kilwinning.

The ‘Photographing the Historic Environment’ workshop allowed the students to explore their creativity. They were given a brief to produce three images of a place, a building, the townscape or all three.
Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival

Our Creative and Performing Arts department has been contributing to the Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival this month.

Drama students put on a performance of ‘Crumble’ (a no-dialogue, physical theatre piece exploring Alzheimer's and the struggle faced by the sufferer and their loved ones) at the Ayr Campus.

Students also took part in a photography competition, on the festival's theme 'Connected'.
Smart Tech for students

We are working in partnership with NHS Ayrshire & Arran and NHS 24 to encourage students to go digital to help them look after their health.

NHS Ayrshire & Arran has provided three computer tablets to be used across each of our Ayr, Kilmarnock and Kilwinning campuses. The tablets will be available for students to use as and when they need them to access information on health services.

The tablets are going to be set up in the following locations:

  • Reception area in Dam Park building in Ayr
  • LRC in Kilwinning
  • Next to Student Services area in Kilmarnock
ACEs Awareness
Our Kilmarnock Campus recently hosted ACEs Ayrshire’s latest event, ‘Care2Care: Learning Voices’.

Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are defined as traumatic events in early childhood, such as abuse, neglect, witnessing domestic violence, and growing up with family members who abuse alcohol or drugs.

Easter Egg competition!

Congratulations to Sharon McRoberts - the winner of our latest social media competition.

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