Merry Christmas from everyone at Ayrshire College!
Introducing our new Principal
We are delighted to announce the appointment of Carol Turnbull as our new Principal and Chief Executive.

Carol takes up her new post in March 2019 from Principal Heather Dunk, who announced her retirement earlier this year.

Ms Turnbull has been Principal and Chief Executive of Dumfries and Galloway College since August 2012.

More information on this appointment can be found here.
January courses
It's not too late to sign up to one of our courses starting in January.

Make one of your New Year's resolutions to learn something new. Find out more about
our January start courses!

Enterprising Students

The Enterprising Student Fund has been launched!

The Ayrshire College Foundation will provide grants of up to £5,000 to Ayrshire college students who are interested in developing their own enterprise project.

Want to find out more? Visit our website here.

Thank you to Frank Gormanley of Forever Great and Lucy Thomson, aka Coach Lucy, for inspiring our students at the launch with their successful start-up secrets.
Astronaut encourages students to reach for the stars 
NASA astronaut Colonel Douglas Wheelock recently paid a flying visit to our Ayr Campus.

Organised by Scottish Enterprise as part of its Chairman’s Challenge to support the Year of Young People, Col. Wheelock travelled to Scotland to inspire the next generation and broaden their ideas of where a career in aeronautical engineering could lead them.

You can find more photographs of his visit on our Flickr

Scotland's Apprentice of the Year

Congratulations to Fraser Wallace on being named Foundation Apprentice of the Year and Scottish Apprentice of the Year at the Scottish Apprenticeship Awards 2018.

Fraser Wallace was one of the first Foundation Apprentices at the College, starting his qualification in 2016 alongside his other school subjects.

Fraser successfully completed his Foundation Apprenticeship in June 2018 and is now in the second year of GE Caledonian’s Modern Apprenticeship programme.

Well done Fraser!

New Mental Health Officer

We welcome Hugh Dykes to the College as our new Mental Health Liaison Officer.

This is a partnership post created and funded between ourselves and NHS Ayrshire & Arran.

Hugh replaces Paul Hough in the role and joins us after spending ten years in NHS Ayrshire & Arran's Crisis Resolution Team. 

Hugh’s main aim is to talk to as many students and staff as possible, making them aware of mental health issues and giving them effective guidance and support.

16 Days of Action

If you follow us on social media, you'll have seen plenty of posts to mark ’16 Days of Action’ – an international call of action to prevent and end gender-based violence.

Across the 16 days, we have been involved in a number of initiatives to help raise awareness of, and call for an end to, gender-based violence.

Some of these activities have included supporting local events such as the 'Reclaim the Night' walk in North Ayrshire, HND Sport and Fitness students organising the annual ‘Blow the Whistle on Domestic Violence’ football tournament at our Kilmarnock Campus, and PEZ Plus students from our Ayr Campus attending the ‘Expect Respect’ Conference.

In addition, we hosted the first ever working lunch for employers and organisations focused on domestic abuse and the workplace.

Thanks to all of our staff and students who have been involved in this important campaign. 

Scottish Parliament dinner

Professional Cookery and Hospitality students recently hosted a special dinner service at the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh.

The students prepared and served a three course dinner menu in the prestigious Members’ Restaurant to invited guests, including MSPs.

The menu included some of the best food and drink that Ayrshire has to offer, with local Ayrshire producers contributing.

The students were delighted to meet First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, who dropped in before the event to hear about their menu and talk about the Ayrshire produce showcased.

Well done everyone!

Celebration events for young people in care
Thanks to everyone who came along to one of our three main campuses to celebrate the achievements of care experienced young people in Ayrshire.

The events took place during National Care Leavers Week and involved external agencies and support organisations coming to the College’s campuses to hear about the work done to support care experienced students.

Young people currently in the care system were able to take part in a variety of curriculum activities, which were set up in order to give them a flavour of the courses available to them from January 2019.

More photos from the events can be found on our Flickr.
Alzheimer Scotland

This winter our Social Science department has been working in partnership with Alzheimer Scotland to deliver a series of innovative classes to people living with dementia.

College staff have been delivering classes at the Centre to a mix of Social Science students and clients at the Centre who are living with dementia. In addition, Alzheimer Scotland are delivering information sessions to the College students.

It's hoped that these classes will allow the students to better understand the impact that dementia has on someone's life, while clients will be able to benefit from interacting with the students and reminiscing about the subjects covered in the classes.

BSL Campaign

A six-year campaign to enhance access to public services across Ayrshire for people using British Sign Language is now underway!

The Ayrshire Shared British Sign Language (BSL) Local Plan 2018-24 is a partnership between the College, East, North and South Ayrshire Councils, East, North and South Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnerships, and NHS Ayrshire & Arran.

Find out more here.
Vocational Bursts
CCG (Scotland) Ltd laid on a special site visit for our Construction Trades group from St. Matthew's Academy, who are taking part in our first vocational burst.

A vocational burst is our newest approach to introduce hands-on college courses to S3 school pupils.

A number of curriculum areas at the College and schools across Ayrshire have embraced the short courses, which take place one afternoon per week over five or six weeks. The vocational bursts will help the pupils to make informed choices about potential careers.

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