New Student Association team ready to help college students

New Student Association team ready to help college students

The new Student President and Student Vice President of the Ayrshire College Student Association have started in their new roles.

Kevin Simpson (left), a former Sport and Fitness student, takes over from Lainey McKinlay as the Student President, while former Sound Production student Jack McCrindle (right) is the new Student Vice President, replacing Lora Miller.

The Ayrshire College Student Association exists to help make Ayrshire College students’ journey as enjoyable as possible and support them through any issues that they may have.

Kevin and Jack were voted into the positions by their fellow students at the Student Association elections, and both are keen to repay that faith by helping as many students as possible in 2018/19.

Kevin said “The purpose of the Student Association is to be there for the students. They voted me into this position and I’ll support them in any way I can. Whether that’s with their assessments or extra-curricular activities, whatever issues they’ve got. If they come to us then we’ll see if we can sort it.

“My message to the students is don’t be shy, we’re approachable. If it’s just a wee ear they want to chat away to then that’s fine. If it’s a bigger issue then still, come and talk to us. I’m open-minded and nothing’s too much, no problem is too big, and it’s all in confidence.”

Jack said “I’m really excited for the year ahead. There are so many opportunities here and I’m meeting so many different people, it’s been amazing so far.

“The qualities that I think I bring to the position are that I’m confident, I’d like to think I am easily approachable, and I’m caring and always looking out for people, I’d never want to do anybody wrong.”

Kevin was a student at the College’s Skills Centre of Excellence campus in Irvine, and was a class rep there for two years before running for Student President.

Jack studied for two years at the Ayr Campus and always had plans to run for the Student Association position during his time at the College.

There is an obvious age gap between the pair that Kevin is certain will work to their advantage.

He said “I think it’s definitely going to be a good fit between me and Jack. I’ve got a lot of time for the young man, he’s switched on and he knows what he’s doing. I’m glad there’s that age difference as we should reach a greater spectrum of people because of that. I hope so anyway, I don’t see why not.”

First up on the agenda for the Student Association team is to organise Freshers’ Week. There are plans to continue the popular ‘Reclaim the Night’ event in December as part of the White Ribbon Campaign’s 16 Days of Action, and Jack also hopes to get involved in mental health initiatives through the College’s Promoting Wellbeing Group.

Charlotte Mitchell, Student Association Advisor at Ayrshire College, will be assisting the team throughout the academic year. She said about the duo “I’m really excited about welcoming Kevin and Jack to the team. Both have a unique set of skills to bring to the Student Association and their enthusiasm for the role and desire to help students means that I’m confident students at the College will enjoy quality representation and support in the year ahead.”

9 August 2018


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