Meet the Kilmarnock 2018 graduation prizewinners

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

Next up is Andrew McMillan, HND Accounting, who is receiving the Student of the Year – Business, Administration and Accounts Award.


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Being unfulfilled within the retail sector, I decided that it was time for a career change. I have always been fascinated by the world of finance, questioning the pricing decisions of businesses and curious as to the methods of recording transactions.

However, I found that my age put me at a disadvantage in pursuing a career in finance, as entry-level positions were often age restricted. Other positions required experience within a similar role or for specific qualifications. College has awarded me the opportunity to gain qualifications that are recognised by employers and that give exemptions to certain professional exams within accounting professional bodies.

I also saw college as an opportunity to meet like-minded people with similar interests and goals. The HND Accounting course was a natural progression in my studies.

My only concern about attending college was how to manage the self-study around both family life and work. However, this was not an issue as the workload – while demanding – was manageable provided I followed the advice of my lecturers and read about the topic on a regular basis.

The highlight of my time at the college was the lecturers who taught the course. Their approach to the subject is excellent as is their obvious extensive knowledge and love of the subject. They made my experience very enjoyable and I cannot speak highly enough of both of the lecturers I had.

I have gained an increased appreciation for the work done by accountants as well as confidence in my own abilities. Having covered new topics and looked at both types of accounting in more detail I now know that I do want a career in finance but not in financial reporting.

College provides a platform to meet new people and gain skills that will allow personal and professional development. I would wholeheartedly recommend college to anyone, no matter what age you are. There is excellent support and lecturers are very understanding about personal circumstances.

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Meet the Kilmarnock 2018 graduation prizewinners

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

First up is Sarah Kennedy, HNC Childhood Practice, who will receive the Student of the Year – Early Years Award.


SOY Sarah Kennedy_Instagram Post.pngHaving my two children ignited an interest in working with kids. I decided it was the right time to build a career for myself and my family, so I applied for the NC Level 5 Early Education and Childcare course.

I had many concerns about coming to college, as I would need to organise childcare for my children and I would still need to work part-time, so my routines would completely change. I wasn’t sure how I would manage with juggling work, my studies and my family life.

The staff at the College were very supportive and I’m so happy that I took the leap three years ago to begin this career. As a mature student with two children, I found my whole experience was excellent and it’s enabled me to move forward onto university – which I never would have thought I could achieve.

I had three great years at Ayrshire College and every year of my course was interesting. I had three separate work placements for each year which was vital for me to put all I had learned academically in college into practice. It also allowed me to gain experience in the area of work where I hope to work once I have completed my studies.

I had to be organised throughout my studies and placements, and I feel like I’ve gained a lot of self-confidence as through all I have achieved at college it has allowed me to believe I can achieve anything I set my mind to.

My time at Ayrshire College has shown me that hard work and commitment can make you achieve whatever you set your heart on. I would highly recommend college to anyone wanting to study or have a change in career.

I’m now studying in the second year of a Childhood Studies university course and I’m looking forward to completing that and start a career within the childcare sector.

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Meet the Ayr 2018 graduation prizewinners

In the lead-up to the Ayr Campus graduation we will unveil our graduation prizewinners.  At the Ayr graduation, there are 15 recipients in total.

Next, is Student of the Year – Outstanding Achievement Award, Darcey Bird, HNC Social Sciences.SOY Darcey Bird_Instagram Post

“I left school and was unsure of what I wanted to study so I chose this course because I believe it’s a broad course that would give me many options.

I have a serious visual impairment, so I was concerned that I wouldn’t be able to see boards and keep up with the coursework. I needn’t have worried as the college provided me with all of the support I required.

I studied many different areas of social sciences, included psychology, sociology, history and politics.

I enjoyed the independence I was given when learning, but I was still given guidance when I needed it. I also really enjoyed the research aspect of the course.

I am a lot more confident now and can speak easily in public. I also learned to Harvard Reference.

I am very proud of myself but also very shocked to have won this award! I worked very hard but didn’t expect this.  It will look very good on my CV and definitely help me in my future studies and in gaining employment.

I am going to complete my HND in Social Sciences and then choose a specific area of study, ending with a university degree.”

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Meet the Ayr 2018 graduation prizewinners

In the lead-up to the Ayr Campus graduation we will unveil our graduation prizewinners.  At the Ayr graduation, there are 15 recipients in total.

Next, is Student of the Year – Making a Difference in the Community Award, Lynette Fisher, HNC Administration and IT.

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“I had recently returned to Scotland after living in New Zealand for a number of years before starting college.  I wanted to gain the skills and qualifications needed to re-enter work to provide for my family.

When I applied to Level 5 Administration and IT, my original plan was to complete that course and then apply for jobs. But when I realised how much I enjoyed learning again, I completed Level 5 and 6 as a one year fast track. I then completed the HNC, and later the HND.

I enjoyed every part of the course! I particularly enjoyed doing my graded unit project as well as the Business Culture and Strategy module.  This helped me to make the decision to apply to university.

This award was completely unexpected and I feel very honoured and humbled. I think it will encourage me to always do my best and to push myself to achieve my goals in the future. It’s also a great addition to my CV.

The highlight of my time at the college has to be enhancing my confidence skills and obtaining the grades I needed to continue my studies at degree level.  I am about to enter third year in Business Management at university.

Ayrshire College is a fantastic place to study. I definitely would encourage others to study here, particularly people like myself who are mature students and are worrying about returning to education.”

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Meet the Ayr 2018 graduation prizewinners

In the lead-up to the Ayr Campus graduation we will unveil our graduation prizewinners.  At the Ayr graduation, there are 15 recipients in total.

Next, is Student of the Year – Royal Aeronautical Society – Prestwick Branch Award, Alasdair Fraser, HNC Aircraft Engineering.SOY Alasdair Fraser_Instagram Post“Before coming to college, I was off work due to ill health. I have a strong Engineering background having worked as an Avionics Mechanic in the military as well as within the telecoms industry, with a 12 year hiatus as a professional photographer. I am also a Technician Member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (TMIET).

I saw this course as therapy for my ill health as a chance to update my 33 year old aircraft mechanics knowledge which would allow me to re-enter the aviation industry.

My course involved learning the basics of aerodynamics, physics and maths as well as learning certain aspects of aircraft systems as well as some hands-on practical work. It was interesting to learn that as a class we all had different skills but when used correctly we could work together and help each other achieve.

I enjoyed maths the most and to pass with almost 100% in every assessment felt brilliant.

The highlight for me has to be receiving 80% in my graded unit as it made all the effort and all the studying worthwhile.

I was taken by surprise when I received the news that I had won this award, I was not even aware of this award until now. I would like to thank my classmates for all their help.

At the moment I am applying for jobs while studying the HND. I hope to re-enter employment as well as graduating.”

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