Bringing you the latest news and events from Ayrshire College.

Principal to retire

Heather Dunk OBE has announced she will retire from her position as Ayrshire College Principal in the spring of 2019. 

The former Principal of Kilmarnock College, Heather led the creation of Ayrshire College in 2013 and established the College as one of the most successful in Scotland.

The recruitment process to find her successor begins this month.

New Board Members

We have appointed four new non-executive members to our Board of Management.

We are delighted to welcome Scott Keir, Hazel Murphy, Professor Fiona McQueen and Steven Wallace to the board.

In addition, the two elected Student Association positions were filled by the new Student President Kevin Simpson and Student Vice President Jack McCrindle.

The vacancy for an elected member of Curriculum/Teaching Staff was filled by Christopher Hall, an Essential Skills lecturer.

Student Association Team 2018/19

Kevin Simpson and Jack McCrindles are the new Student President and Student Vice President of the Ayrshire College Student Association.

Flexible Workforce Development Fund

The Minister for Business, Fair Work and Skills, Jamie Hepburn MSP, recently came to our Ayr Campus to launch year two of the Flexible Workforce Development Fund (FWDF).

The Minister announced that a further £10million will be invested in 2018-19 to extend the Fund.

If you think you could benefit from the FWDF then don’t hesitate to get in touch with our Business Solutions Manager, Wendy McFarland, on 01292 293457 or by emailing

How Inclusive Learning supports students
Our Inclusive Learning team has put together a series of helpful blog posts and podcasts that detail the support they can provide to students.

These posts will be rolled out over the next few weeks. Click here to read what's been published so far.
Our staff conference this year gave everyone the opportunity to attend two CPD events to enhance their digital skills.

During the conference, we unveiled our Digital Skills Strategy 2018-2020. This is available to read here, or here for tablet users.
Scottish International Airshow
Did you see us in the STEM tent at the Scottish International Airshow in Ayr?

We had activities in construction, engineering, and painting (pictured). We also offered free hair, beauty and massage demos, and had an arts and crafts station for the kids.

We also hosted a CoderDojo Club – if you know a young person who is interested in learning to code email to join the club.

We love coming to the Air Show and can't wait for the next one!
The HIVE Summer Programme

Over 40 young people took part in our four-week summer programme, delivered in partnership with East Ayrshire Council’s Opportunities for All.

Every participant has moved onto a positive destination - whether that is a college course, university course or employment.
Soup initiative
We are providing the opportunity for all students to access a free bowl of soup.

We believe that providing students with a warm and nutritious meal each day will assist them in their efforts to learn.

Students can claim their free soup and dinner roll by presenting their valid student card to the canteen staff during lunchtime on any working day.
Ayr Guildry

Congratulations to Allan Houston of Nestlé UK Ltd who has been named the Ayr Guildry Apprentice of the Year.

Every year the Ayr Guildry honours one apprentice from Ayrshire College who has excelled in his or her chosen craft.

More details

Our Ayrshire Entrepreneurs
We have been speaking to entrepreneurs of Ayrshire for our latest blog series. 

We asked what convinced them to set up their own business, what the challenges were and what their future plans are - and if we can support those plans in any way.

If you would like to see your business featured on our blog, email 
We recently spent time with some 'mature students' from every area of the College, to find out what it is like to return to education after many years.

You can read these posts - and find out why it truly is never too late to learn - by clicking here.
My Mental Healther Matters 
10 September - 10 October is my mental health matters month at Ayrshire College.

Our social media channels will promote events that are taking place across our campuses and highlight the mental health support that is available to students and staff. 
South Ayrshire Befriending Project Open Day
Our partners at the South Ayrshire Befriending Project are looking to recruit volunteers.

If anyone is looking to gain direct experience supporting children and young people, head along to their open day to find out more information.

Ayrshire College Podcast

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