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Open Days are next week!

We are hosting an Open Day across our three main campuses on Wednesday 19 June, providing potential students a chance to find out more about courses starting in August.

The event will take place at the Ayr, Kilmarnock and Kilwinning campuses from 1pm to 5pm.

With exams just finishing, secondary school pupils are considering their next step. For those who have already accepted a place to join us in August, there will be staff available to provide advice about funding, childcare, and any learning support that you might need.

Staff will be on hand throughout the event to answer questions about course options and career paths.

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Excellence Awards 2019

Over 200 students have been acknowledged by their lecturers as the best in their class at special ceremonies held at each main campus.

The Excellence Awards are our opportunity to celebrate hard-working students on non-advanced courses (any course that's not HNC/HND level).

Students on these courses were nominated by their lecturers to receive extra recognition for their achievements over the year.

View photos from the Ayr ceremony here
View photos from the Kilmarnock ceremony here
View photos from the Kilwinning ceremony here

Students hold Travel & Tourism conference

HNC Travel and Tourism students recently hosted a ‘Passport to Business, IT, Travel and Tourism Conference’, raising the profile of the College as a leading provider of tourism education and training.

The students were delighted to secure some excellent guest speakers from the business world including East Ayrshire Council, the Ayrshire Chamber of Commerce, Stewart Travel, Whereverly Travel Apps, VisitScotland, and the Scottish Tourism Alliance. 
ACTV Film Festival 2019
The students behind ACTV – a broadcast channel ran by students and staff from our media department – have successfully held their 2019 film festival.

Guest judges at the film festival included director Charlie Francis and BBC Scotland’s journalist Carole Erskine and social affairs correspondent Chris Clements. Johnnie O’Byrne, our Curriculum Manager for Arts, Fashion and Media, completed the four-person panel.

Well done to the winners:
  • Introduction to Broadcasting: Joe Pettigrew - 'Riverside'
  • NC Film and Broadcasting: Euan Millar - 'Detox'
  • HNC Media Analysis and Production: Natasha Colborne - 'Verdes do Brazil'
Major announcement for Kilmarnock
We were delighted to welcome Barclays to our Kilmarnock Campus this week for their #ThrivingLocalEconomies announcement.

Kilmarnock has been chosen as the first Scottish town to pilot Barclays' three-year economic growth initiative. 

Details of the initiative were unveiled at our campus, and our Creative students worked their magic to provide a stunning 24ft mural for the occasion.


A menu created by our Professional Cookery students has been selected from hundreds of submissions from across the world to appear in a UNESCO recipe book.

Professional Cookery students embraced the opportunity to submit their sustainable recipe, and there's was the only UK recipe to appear in the UNESCO's 'Flavours from Biosphere Reserves' produced in recognition of International Day of Biological Diversity.

Uniformed Services students enjoy work experience

Kimberly Bradford, our Police Liaison Officer, recently took on 30 students from our Irvine and Kilmarnock Campus for three days of work experience.

Find out how the Uniformed Services students got on, by reading our blog.

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We have received validation of our professional learning policy and guidance by the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS).

The College’s Staff Learning and Development Policy and the Personal and Professional Development and Review (PPDR) process were both developed and launched during the 2014–15 academic session.

The GTCS panel commented on the quality of professional learning undertaken in the college by staff as well as the quality of college provided professional learning programmes which were carefully planned to meet the learning and development needs of all staff.

Student fundraising for North Ayrshire food bank
Kind-hearted Kilwinning students have donated £212.85 to North Ayrshire Food Bank.

The Access to Health & Social Care students raised the money through a cake sale and raffle, and collected food donations at our Kilwinning Campus last month.
We have an exciting new course starting this August at our Kilmarnock Campus: HNC Mechatronics.

You may now be asking - what is Mechatronics? We've put together this handy guide to explain.

"Mechatronics combines electronics and mechanical engineering. This combination is used in the design of products and manufacturing. Application of mechatronics results in synchronizing a mechanical structure with its control, using electronic systems. An industrial robot is a good example of mechatronics.

"In recognition of this transformational change, we have invested heavily in state-of-the-art equipment to offer the mechatronics course and provide our students with the skills for working in smart factories.

"We have invested over £500K in three CNC Mazak and Doosan machines and Allen Bradley, Mitsubishi, Siemens and SMC training rigs to help our students learn about all the main areas of automation engineering."

Men Into Care
Our Health & Social Care lecturer Mark Baillie was recently interviewed by That's TV Scotland to discuss a recruitment drive of more men into the care sector.

Mark has been doing a lot of great work in spreading the word about how rewarding a career in care can be.
Promoting Wellbeing Group

Members of our Promoting Wellbeing Group have been reflecting on their highlights over the past year. In 2018-19, the group:

And so much more. For more information on the Promoting Wellbeing Group, click here

Ayrshire College Podcast

Subscribe to our podcast on iTunes or listen on our blog for the latest episodes recorded by Ayrshire College staff and students.
Our blog has moved!

Readers of the Ayrshire College blog please note - we are now no longer publishing our content on our Wordpress blog

Instead, we are delighted to announce that the blog has arrived on our website! Click here to find out all the latest developments at the College.

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