Bringing you the latest news and events from Ayrshire College.
Graduation ceremonies
Graduation 2018 was a roaring success!

Our celebrations took place at Ayr Town Hall, Kilmarnock's Grand Hall and the Abbey Church in Kilwinning.

This year we had four ceremonies, with North Ayrshire's graduates split into two events in order to accommodate as many celebrating students as possible.

You can find photographs of the ceremonies on our Flickr
Choose College
Have you seen this advert on STV? Choose College is playing multiple times throughout November and is part of our campaign to attract even more students to Ayrshire College.

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New college areas officially opened

We have opened exciting new student areas at our Ayr and Kilwinning campuses, thanks to funding from the Scottish Funding Council and the Ayrshire College Foundation.

At Ayr, we opened a music studio and sound production suite called Rockpool Studios, a Care and Early Years suite with a simulated hospital ward and nursery, and a brand new kitchen area for students on our Supported Learning courses.

Supported Learning students at Kilwinning are also enjoying a new kitchen on their campus.

We'd like to say a big thank you to our special guests for officially opening these areas: Professor Fiona McQueen (board member and Scotland's Chief Nursing Officer), Janine Shilstone (ex-student and lead singer of rock band Vukovi), Tracey Stark (Chair of the Ayrshire College Foundation) and Willie Mackie (Ayrshire College Chairman).

You can find photographs of the official opening on our Flickr
College Development Network College Awards
We are delighted to announce that we picked up a number of awards at the CDN College Awards 2018.

We were shortlisted across four award categories: Health Promoting College (Winners), Digital Learning (Highly Commended), Innovation (Highly Commended) and Essential Skills (Commended).

The CDN College Awards recognise the talent, skills and achievements of Scotland’s colleges, their staff and learners.

Our Promoting Wellbeing Group was recognised for its commitment to improving mental health and wellbeing amongst our students and staff.

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SQA Star Awards

The College Candidate of the Year Award at the SQA Star Awards has been won for the FIFTH consecutive year by an Ayrshire College Sport & Fitness student!

Ross Munro (right) was announced as the winner of the award, with classmate Reegan Stevenson (left) picking up a Highly Commended Award.

We also won a Highly Commended Award in the Partnership category, for our ‘Take the Time’ project.

‘Take the Time’ was developed by our Supported Learning team to give our students the chance to complete academic units by spending time at Grange Care Home in Kilmarnock. The Connect to Enterprise group became accredited befrienders and spent time with care residents in one-to-one and group sessions. 

Well done guys!

New Alcohol and Drug Liaison Officer

Please give a warm welcome to our latest recruit Anne Kennedy, who is our new Alcohol and Drug Liaison Officer - a partnership post created and funded between ourselves and NHS Ayrshire & Arran.

Anne replaces Cara Durnie in the role and joins us after working for eight years within NHS Ayrshire & Arran’s Prevention and Service Support team.

Anne started in her role earlier last month and has already delivered mandatory workshops in Drug and Alcohol Awareness to all students at Level 4 and below, and delivered activities during our Alcohol Awareness Week (5-9 November).

Corporate Parent Football Tournament 2018

Well done to everyone who got involved in this year's football tournament to kick off National Care Experience Week (24-31 October).

The 2018 Corporate Parent Football Tournament at our Kilmarnock Campus brought together teams from all over Scotland, with over 100 people taking part in the tournament.

East Ayrshire Deputy Provost Claire Leitch was in attendance to open the tournament supported by football coach Jodie McEwan, a former Scotland player at the Homeless World Cup.

Kilmarnock Ladies star and Scottish Building Society SWPL Player of the Month for September 2018 Lisa Swanson - a former Ayrshire College student - was in attendance to present the trophy to the eventual winners.

Society Matters
The second issue of our student journal Society Matters was published on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day on the eleventh month.

This powerful special edition can be found on our blog. Please give it a read.
Barber Bash
We loved having the Great British Barber Bash team in Ayrshire for the first time as they put on a showcase barbering event at our Kilmarnock Campus.

Their team of barbers - who are popular across social media - perform all around the world, and treated the Ayrshire audience to a presentation of six haircuts, showing off the latest trends.

The show was open to members of the public, with many of our Barbering and Hairdressing students quickly snapping up tickets.

We look forward to welcoming them back next year!

Ayrshire Sportsability: Festival of Sport

Ayrshire Sportsability’s Festival of Sport was once again a huge success, as over 500 pupils and adults enjoyed disability sport activities across the week at our Kilmarnock Campus.

Ayrshire Sportsability co-hosts the annual event with their Development Partners – East, North and South Ayrshire Councils and the College.

This enables every pupil with disabilities in mainstream and Assisted Support Need schools in Ayrshire, and adults from the local communities, to try out sports which they may not usually have access to.

The Festival of Sport is the most eagerly anticipated event on the calendar for our Sport & Fitness students as they participate in the planning and delivery of the activities throughout the week.

Being a care experienced student at Ayrshire College
A student at our Ayr Campus wrote an important post for our blog this month.
She recently spoke to MSPs at the Scottish Parliament about her experiences in education. You can read all about her experiences as a care experienced student, and how our Inclusive Learning team has supported her at college, here
Early Years students learn about the importance of play
Foundation Apprenticeship students on our Social Services: Children & Young People course have been learning all about play, with the help of Cairns Early Years Centre.

Two guest speakers from the Centre presented to the group about how play can help to develop many skills in a child. 
Scottish Youth Parliament
We hope everyone who came along to the SYP's 67th National Sitting last month had a great time at our campus.

Keep up the good work!

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