Ayrshire College recognised internationally for Student Engagement

Ayrshire College recognised internationally for Student Engagement

Ayrshire College has been named a finalist in the Student Engagement category at the International Green Gown Awards 2018.

Ayrshire College is shortlisted for the international prize after winning the Student Engagement award at the UK & Ireland Green Gown Awards ceremony last November.

The College will compete with student-led projects from Australia, England and Japan at the ceremony, which will be held in Marseille, France on 16 May 2018.

Ayrshire College is the only college finalist in the category alongside The University of Adelaide, The University of Winchester and Japan's Chiba University.

Social Science and Environmental Studies students from the College worked on a voluntary basis with conservation staff at Dean Castle Country Park to conserve the natural environment for future generations.

Students planted new native trees, created new wetland habitats and improved access for all park users with the creation of new paths and walkways.

Students said their top three learnings from the project were:

  1. They are now environmentally conscious citizens who will continually safeguard the park's future.
  2. They have realised the benefits of volunteering, particularly when they feel they are making a difference.
  3. They have gained an understanding of park staff's roles, helping them with their own career choices.

Colin Ross, Curriculum Manager for Social Sciences at Ayrshire College, said “I'm incredibly proud of my team and the students for this achievement. It is a great honour to be recognised at such a level, and to share a place in the finals alongside these prestigious Universities.

“At Ayrshire College, engaging our students with the community and environment is an integral part of the learning journey; it is every bit as important as the qualifications and careers ahead of them.”

5 April 2018

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