Meet the Kilwinning 2018 graduation prizewinners

In the lead-up to the Kilwinning Campus graduations we will unveil our graduation prizewinners. At the Kilwinning graduations, there are 10 recipients in total.

Last up is Kenzie HarleyHND Computer Science, who is receiving the Outstanding Achievement Award.


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I was a student at St. Matthew’s Academy before I came to college. While I was there, they introduced Digital Media Computing which I was really interested in. I took the subject and it’s led me further into Computing Science.

I had no fears about coming straight from school. I thought college would be quite similar to school life.

The course covered a lot of coding. We were tasked with creating databases, web programming, and making small Android games. It was great to be able to put my own twist on the projects we were assigned.

I’ve made a lot of friends here at Ayrshire College. The course has also allowed me to finally believe in myself and my abilities. I feel very proud of myself for winning this award.

The long-term goal is to gain employment abroad, but first I need to finish my degree at the University of the West of Scotland!

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Meet the Kilwinning 2018 graduation prizewinners

In the lead-up to the Kilwinning Campus graduations we will unveil our graduation prizewinners. At the Kilwinning graduations, there are 10 recipients in total.

Next up is Gemma Graham, HNC Social Sciences, who is receiving the Student of the Year – Social Sciences Award.


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This course has opened my eyes and allowed me to see things from different points of view. Learning about inequality in the world has been heart-wrenching but fascinating at the same time.

It was great to meet people on my course who are similar to me. I have made friends during my time at college which has really helped alleviate my initial fears of joining the course. They gave me a lot of support and encouragement when I needed it. I can’t thank them enough for believing in me, even when I didn’t believe in myself.

The highlight of my time here has to be getting an ‘A’ for my Graded Unit. This year had been particularly hard in my personal life. I highly doubted I would even pass the assessment, never mind get an ‘A’.

It feels amazing to have won this award. It makes the hard work I put in more than worth it.

I plan to continue to study through the Open University, which will suit me much better with my job and my family commitments. I’m looking to get a BA Hons degree in Social Science.

Ayrshire College is a fantastic place to study. The tutors and management on my course have been fantastic. They went above and beyond to support me through the year, giving me the confidence to continue regardless of my difficult personal circumstances. I’ve had a great experience at the College and I will miss it very much.

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Meet the Kilwinning 2018 graduation prizewinners

In the lead-up to the Kilwinning Campus graduations we will unveil our graduation prizewinners. At the Kilwinning graduations, there are 10 recipients in total.

Next up is Michelle McComb, HNC Care and Administrative Practice, who is receiving the Student of the Year – Care Award.


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Before I came to the College, I worked at an airline for almost five years. I really loved my job but I always knew I wanted to study nursing.

I planned to go to university at some point and knew that studying this HNC would help me get there. I found this course very interesting and felt it would be the perfect stepping stone for my career.

Being a mature student, I was worried that I wouldn’t fit in with my class mates as I thought they would all be a lot younger. I was also worried about my workload and managing it with my family life. Returning to education was a huge step for me but I am so glad I did it and would encourage anyone who is thinking of it to just do it. I had a brilliant time at college.

It was great to experience first-hand what it is like to work within a care and hospital environment during my placement within a hospital. I had no prior experience of working within the care sector so it was a great opportunity for me. It really is the perfect course for you to continue onto universtiy, as I feel it prepares you for the next step.

This course helped to improve my time management as well as find new ways to meet deadlines.

The highlight has to be when I found out I got an A for my Graded Unit. I couldn’t believe it. It was the best feeling to know that my hard work paid off.

It feels incredible to have won this award. I had trouble believing in myself and I constantly doubted myself, however this has proven to me that I worried for no reason.

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Meet the Kilwinning 2018 graduation prizewinners

In the lead-up to the Kilwinning Campus graduations we will unveil our graduation prizewinners. At the Kilwinning graduations, there are 10 recipients in total.

Next up is Kimberley Nixon, HNC Childhood Practice, who is receiving the Student of the Year – Early Years Award.


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I chose to study this course as my son has additional support needs and I wanted to develop my knowledge and support other children within the education sector who also have additional support needs.

I was concerned about juggling family life with college life but with determination, good organisation and help from family members regarding childcare, I managed to meet my deadlines, attend college and even undertake a work placement.

The thing I liked the most about my time at college was the hands-on experience I got on placement, where I supported children with additional support needs. I also met a few people who have the same passions as myself and will stay friends with them for years to come.

By the end of placement I felt more like a staff member than a student as I built positive relationships with the staff and the children.

My confidence and my knowledge have both hugely increased throughout this course.

I honestly cannot believe that I have won this award! When I received the letter through the post I thought one of my friends was playing a joke on me. I am very humbled to be nominated for this award and would like to thank everyone who put my name forward. It means so much to be acknowledged for my efforts. Winning this award makes me confident for the future and reassures me that I can achieve anything with hard work.

At the moment I am working at an additional support needs school, working with children with complex needs which I am really enjoying. I plan to continue this type of work in the future as I want to make a difference in children’s lives.

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Meet the Kilwinning 2018 graduation prizewinners

In the lead-up to the Kilwinning Campus graduations we will unveil our graduation prizewinners. At the Kilwinning graduations, there are 10 recipients in total.

Next up is Yvette Brawley, HND Make-up Artistry, who is receiving the Student of the Year – Hair, Beauty, Make-up and Complementary Therapies Award.


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Before starting college I was a Dental Radiography Nurse for 17 years. Having two daughters, I wanted a job in which I could accommodate their needs and mine without compromising my career.

I decided to study Make-Up Artistry at college to enable me to have a full understanding of the facial anatomy, face shapes and skin tones. Having this knowledge would help with my confidence, especially when applying any form of make-up.

The whole of my career and adult live was based within a dental environment so college was completely out of my comfort zone. Being an older student was a very daunting prospect for me. But once I enrolled and met with my classmates, all of those concerns were quickly eradicated.

I loved our Graded Unit showcase event. The event allowed all of the HND students to showcase their skills to the general public and fellow students. Although it was very daunting having your work on display, the event was a fantastic experience.

I recreated a fictional character with a killer clown alter ago. This enabled me to incorporate facial prosthetics to my character, allowing the audience to see my skills and love of make-up artistry. The feedback from my peers at this event gave me the confidence boost I needed at that stage of the course.

I feel absolutely elated to have won this award. I’m honoured as I feel everyone else was so highly talented in all aspects of the industry. Getting this recognition will be a constant reminder whenever I doubt myself.

I am my worst critic! But my lecturers were extremely supportive and encouraging during my time at college, and my classmates gave me continuous support too.

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