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Ayrshire College welcomes new Principal
Carol Turnbull has begun her new role as Principal and Chief Executive of Ayrshire College as she took up her post on 1 March.

Carol succeeds Heather Dunk who has retired after five years in the role as Principal and aims to build on the success under Heather’s leadership.

Carol brings a wealth of experience as she joins the College from Dumfries and Galloway College, where she has been Principal for the last six years.

Carol said “This is an irresistible opportunity to help shape the future for one of the largest regions in Scotland and I am excited to be joining a college that already has a successful reputation for supporting learners and its communities. I look forward to working with the Board, staff, learners and stakeholders to build on that success and ensure Ayrshire College continues to meet and exceed the expectations of the region and the sector.”

“What I’m looking forward to most, is meeting and working with the students and staff to continue to build on the success of the College.”
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College students earn John Mather Awards
Over 250 former Ayrshire College students collected their prizes at the 15th John Mather Trust Awards, held at the Riverside Lodge Hotel in Irvine on Wednesday 6 March.

The John Mather Trust rewards Ayrshire College graduates who have learned a trade and gone into employment, an apprenticeship or set up their own business within the past year.

Those fortunate enough to be eligible for a John Mather award received a set of tools of the trade to help them in their careers.

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Photography students get great exposure
at Scottish Maritime Museum
The exhibition in the Linthouse Building called ‘Ship Shapes’ featured photographs taken by HNC Photography students at the Ayr and Kilwinning campuses of the College.

Members of the public were able to view the exhibition and hear from the students at the launch event.

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Professional Cookery students reach national cooking competition finals!

For the third year running, Professional Cookery students from Ayrshire College have reached the national finals of the Country Range Student Chef Challenge, after being announced as one of eight finalists.

The students will now compete for the overall title and cook their dishes in front of a live audience at Scotland’s largest hospitality show – ScotHot 2019 in March.

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Ayrshire pupils gain an insight
into Technology

Over 175 pupils took part in Ayrshire College's latest 'Girls into Technology' day as part of its award-winning #ThisAyrshireGirlCan campaign.

Held in partnership with SmartSTEMs, workshops included the likes of 'CoderDojo' coding sessions, 'Build a PC', 'Using ICT to enhance learning' and 'Get creative with Digital Design'.

Ged Freel, Head of Computing and ICT at Ayrshire College, said: “Technology is seen in all aspects of our lives and it’s important for us to show these young people what exciting careers are available to them in this rapidly expanding industry.”

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Apprenticeships are the Business!

Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2019 is all about promoting the benefits of apprenticeships and the value they bring to business and the economy.

Since forming in 2013, Ayrshire College has celebrated Scottish Apprenticeship Week by highlighting some of the apprentices we train and the employers they work for. 

Read our blog for a snapshot of the last 5 years celebrating the achievements of individual apprentices and all those who contribute to their success at Ayrshire College and beyond.

Students experience latest
renewable energy technology

Wind Turbine students attended a renewable energy seminar at the Scottish Power test facility based in Renfrew recently.

Construction, Technology and Trades Lecturer, Paul Harland said “Our industry partnership with Scottish Power Renewables meant that our students have had the opportunity to see a facility of huge scale and advanced engineering. These generators are the future of the industry, especially off-shore due to their efficient construction and operation and are capable of generating 2,300,000 watts and 1,200,000 watts of energy per unit. Now that is a lot of light bulbs!”

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‘The Conversation’ was a six-part series of events designed to encourage the sharing of ideas to promote positive mental health within the College.

To find out more about what we are doing to promote better all-round health, click here to read about the College's Promoting Wellbeing Group.

Ayrshire College 'Creates Connections'

Young people, parents, carers and teachers from across Ayrshire headed to the Kilmarnock Campus of Ayrshire College to find out more about career and education options for young people with additional support needs.

The annual Creating Connections event, run in partnership between Skills Development Scotland and Ayrshire College, was an opportunity for young people to meet with employers, charities and training providers to find out more about their options after leaving full-time education.

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Ayrshire Bytes

Ayrshire Bytes is a conference which uses collaboration between different industry sectors, data practitioners, students, public sector, and business specialists to explore data-driven innovation.

Come along to to the Ayrshire Bytes digital conference!

Book your free space now 

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Social Science students highlight
why 'Society Matters'

Over 130 delegates arrived at the College for the very first ‘Society Matters’ Social Science conference, which took place at the Kilmarnock Campus of Ayrshire College on 28 February.

Guest speakers offered thought provoking insights into contemporary and historical issues that together provide a focus and understanding of how modern society has been shaped by culture, psychology, history, feminism, sociology, religion and political movements.

Speaker David Scott, Campaign Director at Nil by Mouth inspired students and said “our job as social scientists is about analysis, but it is also about action. Finding something you believe in, getting the evidence to support it and getting out and campaigning to achieve it.”

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