Meet the Kilwinning graduation prizewinners

Tomorrow is a big day for so many students of Ayrshire College: it’s the Kilwinning graduation!

In the lead-up to this event we have been unveiling one graduation prizewinner per day on our website.

There are 11 recipients in total – nine ‘Student of the Year’ winners, and one winner each of the ‘Making a Difference in the Community’ and ‘Outstanding Achievement’ awards.

And here they are!

Read why these 11 students deserve special recognition, in the words of their lecturers.


Student of the Year for Arts and Fashion – sponsored by Alex Begg and Company

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Karen has been recognised for the outstanding quality and quantity of work she produced both in the College and outwith her HNC Photography class. This is in addition to all the commitments associated with raising a young family.

Her eagerness to expand her technical and photographic knowledge was very refreshing for staff and encouraged other learners.  This eagerness was apparent in every unit and, in fact, in everything she did.

Student of the Year for Business, Administration and Accounts – sponsored by Developing the Young Workforce

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Ann-Marie consistently produced a high standard of work throughout the year whilst caring for her family and working outwith the College.

During her time at college, Ann-Marie and two of her peers organised an event to raise money for the charity Sands which was extremely successful and raised a lot of money for a very worthwhile cause.

Ann-Marie is a very positive and caring person who has worked very hard over the last two years to achieve her HND in Administration and Information Technology.

Student of the Year for Care – sponsored by Ede and Ravenscroft

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When Shannon began her studies in care she was a shy young girl whose passion for working with young people shone through.  As she progressed to HNC Social Care, her confidence grew as well as her own self-belief.

We have no doubt that Shannon will be successful in her chosen career.  She completed a very successful placement this year and developed effective working relationships with staff and service users alike, showing particular aptitude in working with young people with Autism.

It should be noted that Shannon’s nomination for Student of the Year was a unanimous decision by the Social Care lecturing staff which clearly shows how highly regarded Shannon is.

Student of the Year for Computing and IT – sponsored by The DTP Group

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Lindsay is an outstanding HND Computer Science student who is unendingly cheerful, industrious and supportive of her fellow class members. She achieved an ‘A’ grade pass in both years of her Graded Unit.

She never missed a submission deadline, and her work was consistently of the highest quality.

She is a quiet, unassuming person, with an unshakably positive outlook, which she maintains despite the many difficulties that she encounters every day through personal matters.

Student of the Year for Early Years – sponsored by Ede and Ravenscroft

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Helen is a very caring young woman, is first to help and mentor other students in her own quiet way, and has been instrumental in encouraging others to complete their HNC Early Education course.

She is an excellent ambassador for Ayrshire College and has received glowing reports from her college work placement.

Helen is very modest and would not seek recognition for her achievements; however the Early Education Team feel she deserves this award for her determination to overcome the hurdles and challenges she has faced at a young age and the positive outcomes she has gained through her own tenacity and resolve.

Student of the Year for Engineering and Science – sponsored by Bellrock

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Danielle has shown an understanding far beyond most others and has grasped some extremely difficult subjects better than most over the years.

She has achieved a grade ‘A’ for her Graded Unit. Throughout this she worked meticulously and went above and beyond the criteria. She puts a great deal of effort into all of her work and completes it to a very high standard. She consistently scored over 90% in all of her exams.

She is a polite student who has shown that she really cares about not just completing her HND in Biomedical Science, but completing it to the best of her abilities. She is a true scientist and an excellent student.

Student of the Year for Hair and Beauty – sponsored by Ellisons

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Kelly has been determined not only to pass her courses but to achieve them with high marks. She has successfully gained an ‘A’ grade in her HND Beauty Therapy.

She has been nominated for the Excellence Awards in previous years by lecturers due to her commitment to college studies and excellent beauty skills. She is always willing to go that extra mile for her class peers and lecturers. When asked to do a task she always accepts with a smile and in a gracious manner. Her client feedback is always full of praise for her warm and friendly manner.

She has endeared herself to the Beauty Department and the team are sorry to see her leave college, however are happy in the knowledge that Kelly will have many opportunities open to her in the future.

Student of the Year for Social Science – sponsored by Wai Beyond

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Alana has consistently improved over the last 3 years she has been at Ayrshire College due to hard work and her determination to succeed. She embraced the challenge of HNC Social Science and had an amazing year, consistently producing an excellent standard of work.

Alana even found the time to help her classmates by providing encouragement and motivation and setting a positive example to help others succeed. She is an asset to the College and an exemplary student.

Alana has now successfully gained employment as a Trainee Fitness Coach which is testimony to her drive and enthusiasm, which was evident on the course.

Student of the Year for Sport and Fitness – sponsored by Ayrshire Sportsabilitytracey-farrell-graduation-2016-social-media-share-posts_instagram-post

As a mature student Tracey has overcame every challenge presented to her during her HNC Fitness Health and Exercise course with a completely positive attitude.

Tracey balanced her studies with other family and caring commitments while becoming heavily involved in fitness work through the community.

A key project that Tracey has been involved with is working at the new Vennel Gardens (sheltered housing) in Irvine.

Tracey delivered age appropriate exercise sessions to the residents including chair aerobics and has continued this community work throughout the summer to the delight of the staff at the Vennel.

Making a Difference in the Community – sponsored by SimpsInns

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James progressed brilliantly from NC level work onto HNC Coaching and Developing Sport course in 2015/16. James is a dedicated and honest learner who is always keen to support the College by representing us at numerous events.  While in the community, James is involved in a wide variety of activities.

He also represented Sport and Social Science when he discussed his course and college involvement with Education Scotland during their recent visit.

James has returned to do the second year of his HND and will no doubt move onto great things.

Outstanding Achievement – sponsored by SQA

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Kris lives in Arran and throughout his time at the College commuted via ferry to the Kilwinning Campus, earning him a reputation as someone with tremendous drive and determination.

He started at the College five years ago on the NC Digital Media Computing course. His IT skills have improved dramatically since then while he has also grown in confidence each year.

Kris thoroughly deserves this recognition and the Computing team wish him all the very best going forward.


Congratulations everyone: see you tomorrow!

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