Ayrshire College wins major college awards

Ayrshire College wins major college awards

Ayrshire College had a successful night at the College Development Network (CDN) College Awards 2018, winning one award outright and clinching one Commended and two Highly Commended awards.

The CDN College Awards recognise the talent, skills and achievements of Scotland’s colleges, their staff and learners. The awards ceremony took place on Thursday 25 October 2018 at the Radisson Blu hotel in Glasgow.

Ayrshire College was shortlisted across four award categories: Health Promoting College (Winners), Digital Learning (Highly Commended), Innovation (Highly Commended) and Essential Skills (Commended).

The College won the Health Promoting College Award for the work of its Promoting Wellbeing Group, which has put together a three-year action plan to support the positive wellbeing of all its students and staff.

Ayrshire College’s Promoting Wellbeing Action Plan 2018-2021 has three outcomes:

Outcome 1: Promote positive wellbeing within the College.

Outcome 2: Develop and sustain resources within the College.

Outcome 3: Develop fully internal and external partnerships to support positive wellbeing within the College.

The Promoting Wellbeing Group includes a cross-section of college staff, the Ayrshire College Student Association, the College’s Mental Health Liaison and Alcohol and Drug Liaison Officers, as well as an NHS Ayrshire and Arran Health Improvement Officer.

The group is chaired by Doreen Wales, Head of Inclusive Learning at Ayrshire College, who said “We are delighted to receive this award in recognition of the commitment of the Promoting Wellbeing Group to supporting positive wellbeing for students and staff across the College, and we look forward to continuing to build on this success in the future."

Elsewhere at the awards ceremony, there was praise for the College’s partnership with The Open University as the College picked up a Highly Commended Award for Innovation. The partnership offers Social Science students a unique route to obtaining an Honours Degree, by studying at the College on a part-time basis while accessing Open University resources.

Ayrshire College also won a Highly Commended award in Digital Learning for its innovative use of virtual reality. The College’s Water Rescue VR project designed between the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and the College’s Care department - supported by the College’s Learning Technology department - was designed to create a water rescue situation that would lead to students assessing the virtual incident and improving their first aid skills.

Finally the College won a Commended Award for Essential Skills to recognise the fantastic work of the Essential Skills teams at Ayrshire College. The teams use a range of imaginative approaches to get students to recognise the importance of core skills.

1 November 2018

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