Meet the Ayr 2017 graduation prizewinners

We’ve been building up to our three graduation ceremonies by revealing the prizewinners ahead of each event.

The Kilmarnock and Kilwinning graduations have been and gone, so now attention turns to our Ayr graduation prizewinners! The Ayr ceremony takes place on 24th November at the Ayr Town Hall.

We continue our reveal with the Student of the Year for Music and Performance, HND Acting and Performance student, Tyree McClung!

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At school I was never academic. I found it hard to focus on subjects that I had no interest towards. Drama was different, from a young age I loved performing on the stage.

As I grew older my confidence dropped – but my final year at school was the turning point for me. After performing in the school’s pantomime I had so much enjoyment being on stage. I soon realised that this is what I should be doing. I just knew I didn’t want to leave school and study anything else.

I enjoyed the graded unit the most as I had creative freedom to choose my own extracts from plays and independently work on my own without deadlines and constant workload. I feel this unit showed what I was capable off.

We got to take our final class production to the Ayr Gaiety Theatre this year. Working towards this production, to perform in a professional theatre, was an amazing experience. My lecturer and class mates all worked so well together which made it even more enjoyable.

I feel so grateful to win this award. I had some setbacks during the year but I stayed focused and determined. It will be great for me to always look back on and be proud of.

Winning this award will make me more positive whenever  I become doubtful, because I have proved to myself that hard work and determination does pay off.

I’ve moved to Edinburgh to study the BA Honours Acting for Stage and Screen course at Queen Margaret University. During the summer holidays I performed in a play at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with my local theatre group; Horsehead Theatre.

My aim is to be an actress with a touring theatre company as I’d love to tour around the world performing to different audiences.

I would recommend Ayrshire College as a place to study because it has provided me with a great support and opportunities throughout my course, and my confidence has grown so much.

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Meet the Ayr 2017 graduation prizewinners

We’ve been building up to our three graduation ceremonies by revealing the prizewinners ahead of each event.

The Kilmarnock and Kilwinning graduations have been and gone, so now attention turns to our Ayr graduation prizewinners! The Ayr ceremony takes place on 24th November at the Ayr Town Hall.

We continue our reveal with the Student of the Year for Arts and Fashion, HNC Photography student, Samantha McFadzean!SOY Samantha McFadzen_Instagram Post

As a full-time mum, I decided that it was time to do something for myself. I’d always had a passion for photography, and felt that going to college would help with my long-term goal of starting a business.

The course involved both practical and theoretical elements, which included both studio and outdoors. 

I enjoyed learning about studio lighting and different ways to use the manual settings on my camera. I also really liked meeting like-minded people and making new friends.

I’ve gained important skills such as manual photography skills and ability to studio light appropriately. I’m certainly more confident in myself and my photographic style.

I can’t quite believe I’ve won this award. I worked hard and I feel very honoured to have been awarded Student of the Year.

The recognition has given me even more confidence in my work. It’ll be something nice to show clients too.

I’m enjoying my young family and also starting a family lifestyle photography business.

My family and I are looking to move to Australia where I hope to continue to grow this business.

I would absolutely recommend the College. The photography department is fantastic and the staff couldn’t do more for their students.

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Meet the Ayr 2017 graduation prizewinners

We’ve been building up to our three graduation ceremonies by revealing the prizewinners ahead of each event.

The Kilmarnock and Kilwinning graduations have been and gone, so now attention turns to our Ayr graduation prizewinners! The Ayr ceremony takes place on 24th November at the Ayr Town Hall.

We continue our reveal with the Institute of Hospitality Award winner, HND Hospitality Management student, Lauren Robertson!Lauren Robertson_Instagram Post.jpg

When I left school I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do as a career. However, after working in hospitality for two years, I realised the industry was right for me and that I wanted to progress to a managerial position in hospitality.

Throughout college, I have gained skills which will help further me in the hospitality industry. The course itself enabled me to further enhance my skills in organisation, time management, communication and in all areas of the hospitality industry.

Due to the nature of the course, skills such as delegation, team work and creativity are at the forefront and allow students to gain confidence in their own ability as a manager.

I have many highlights at Ayrshire College. The most rewarding was when we were given the opportunity to run a dinner service at the Scottish Parliament. We met and served many MSPs and were given a tour of the establishment.

During my HNC work experience I worked in a local hotel in housekeeping. It was an opportunity to learn and gain an understanding of another field of hospitality. I gained awareness of the high expectations that a hospitality establishment has to meet.

It is a privilege to win this award. It has been my passion to work in the hospitality industry and it is rewarding to have my hard work acknowledged by lecturers.

The award has given me confidence in my own ability and will definitely help me to progress in my career.

My plan for the future is to go travelling around Europe and Australia. I would love the experience of working in other countries and see first-hand the differences between cultures in hospitality.

I would highly recommend Ayrshire College as a place to study. The support I have received from lecturers has been tremendous.

I have met people from different walks of life and have made life-long friends. Ayrshire College ensures every student is treated equally and fairly and aims for students to succeed.

#ayrshiregrads

Meet the Ayr 2017 graduation prizewinners

We’ve been building up to our three graduation ceremonies by revealing the prizewinners ahead of each event.

The Kilmarnock and Kilwinning graduations have been and gone, so now attention turns to our Ayr graduation prizewinners! The Ayr ceremony takes place on 24th November at the Ayr Town Hall.

We continue our reveal with the Student of the Year for Construction, Technology and Trades and Student of the Year for Construction Management, HNC Construction Management student, Carole Westcott!

Travel and property have always been my passion in life and I felt the time was right to pursue the career I’ve always wanted.

I found the course to be interesting and well planned out.  I really enjoyed the site visits, and the Graded Unit project pulled everything we had learned throughout the year together.

The Graded Unit was a challenge, but I gave it my all.  As well as this, my work placements were a real high point for me. This sort of ‘hand’s on’ experience is vital.

Knowledge I’ve gained from the course include, having a good grasp of setting up a construction site from scratch, understanding the contracts that are necessary, planning the site layout to achieve better results, Health and Safety and Computer Aided Design.

I have so much confidence now.  As a mature student, coming back to education has been daunting, but I’ve found it to be fantastic.

A major highlight was when I completed two placements during my course – both with the same company.  Working on placements gave a real insight into the job.  It proved to be a real inspiration to me.

To find out I’d won this award was honestly overwhelming! It means so much, given that it was a daunting prospect being an adult returner to education in my 30’s, and applying myself in what is still largely a male orientated field.

I believe that by being given this award it will give me more confidence in my abilities, impress future employers, and make my family proud.

I’d like to think I might inspire someone else in my situation who is perhaps considering starting again with their education at a later stage in life.

When I got an ‘A’ for my Graded Unit and was offered a place at Glasgow Caledonian University on the one and only course I’d applied for, I was elated!

I’m in Year 2 of BSc Hons Real Estate. I aim to become a Chartered Surveyor once I’ve completed my degree and would like to work as a Chartered Residential Valuation Surveyor.

I absolutely recommend Ayrshire College to anyone. The facilities are great.

If I could do my whole degree here, I would.

Meet the Ayr 2017 graduation prizewinners

We’ve been building up to our three graduation ceremonies by revealing the prizewinners ahead of each event.

The Kilmarnock and Kilwinning graduations have been and gone, so now attention turns to our Ayr graduation prizewinners! The Ayr ceremony takes place on 24th November at the Ayr Town Hall.

We continue our reveal with the Student of the Year for Early Years, HNC Childhood Practice student, Eileen Milliken!

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Before I came to college I was a dinner lady and school cleaner for South Ayrshire Council.

Changes to my working hours meant I had to re-assess my job situation, and as I was a dinner lady in a primary school I really enjoyed interacting with the children and I just knew that working with children was what I wanted to do.

The course was great.  There was a focus on independent learning, research, class work and placement.  My IT skills have really improved too.

One of the highlights for me were the friendships that were built and will last long after we have finished college.

The placements were the best part of the course, that’s where you really learn what the jobs going to be all about.  I had the privilege of two work placements, experiencing two different styles of running an Early Years Centre.

I feel honoured, humbled, and extremely proud to win this award. I’m sure it will make a difference to my future, as well as to me!

I would recommend the College as the level of support I received from various departments during my time here was crucial to my success. 

I have moved on to HND Childhood Practice and am doing supply work for a private nursery, with the ambition to work full time in Early Years.