What colleges do to support students: how the Inclusive Learning team can help

In this podcast, we spoke to David Aitchison, a former student who studied computing, and his parents Gillian and Peter to find out how the Inclusive Learning Team supported David throughout his time at Ayrshire College.


David’s mum and dad interpreted as David signed to them, summing up his experience at Ayrshire College, David said:

“I really liked coming to Ayrshire College.  I learned lots of things.  I was studying computing and involved in that was web design and also software development.  It has really increased my knowledge of all these things.

I was really fortunate to have fantastic support.  I had an interpreter called Liz and she was so good at signing and helped me year after year.  My note-taker was called Mary and that really helped me to access the course which was fantastic.

I was put forward in 2012 for Student of the Year and I won the trophy and I was really proud.  In 2014 I passed my HNC Interactive Media, and I was so happy, I jumped for joy.

Now I’m really confident.  Coming to college has helped me to get work experience.  The first work experience was at ‘Input’, a charity that fixes old computers to give out the community.  I also volunteer at ‘Action for Hearing Loss’ where I update the software on the tablets there.  Also, just for fun at home, I sell Japanese card games on eBay.  I’m so pleased with my time at college, I just want to thank everyone.”

Ayrshire College is committed to supporting all students to have a positive learning experience.

One of the ways we do this, is by making sure our students can access all the support they might need while they are here. We introduce them to our Inclusive Learning team.

If you have a support need that impacts on your learning and participation at college, the first step is letting the Inclusive Learning team know.

For more information email inclusivelearning@ayrshire.ac.uk

Or call:     Ayr Campus: 01292 293 553

                  Kilmarnock Campus: 01563 523 501 ext 8297

                  Kilwinning Campus: 01294 555 325



What Ayrshire College has done for me – Frank Gormanley


Frank Gormanley is the founder of the Ayrshire-based marketing and business consultancy Forever Greatand a board member of the Ayrshire Chamber of Commerce. He has also previously been a lecturer here at Ayrshire College.

So that’s a snapshot of where he is now.

But where did Frank’s journey begin? Listen to his story here!

Health and Social Care lecturers invite you to SWAP your career

Debbie and Carolyn

Our Health and Social Care lecturers Caroyln McGill and Debbie Thomson recorded a special episode for our podcast to talk about the Access to Social Work (SWAP) (Level 6) course.

If you’d like to train as a Social Worker, but lack the necessary qualifications, this could be the course for you.

Access to Social Work is part of the Scottish Widening Access Programme (SWAP) and is specifically for people who have been out of full-time education for at least 5 years. It prepares adult returners for entry into Higher Education and can lead to a place at college or university.

Find out more about this course by listening to Carolyn and Debbie below or on iTunes by searching for Ayrshire College. And remember to subscribe!

What is the Ayrshire LGBT+ Education Network?

The first meeting of the new Ayrshire LGBT+ Education Network was recently held at Ayrshire College’s Kilmarnock Campus.

But what is it exactly? Why is it running and who is it for?

We sat down with the two people behind the Network – Sara Turkington (the first interviewee voice you’ll hear), Equality and Inclusion Advisor at Ayrshire College, and Kerry Jarvis, Health and Wellbeing Development Officer at East Ayrshire Council, to find out all about it!


Sara Turkington (left) and Kerry Jarvis (right)

The next meeting of the LGBT+ Network takes place on Thursday 24 May between 4pm-6pm. Email sara.turkington@ayrshire.ac.uk if you would like to come along.