Courses at Ayrshire College
Two college stars up for Herald Diversity Awards
A staff member and a recent graduate of Ayrshire College have both been shortlisted at The Herald and GenAnalytics Diversity Awards 2017.
Employability and Engagement Officer Steven Fegan has been nominated for Diversity Hero of the Year, while Kayleigh Haggo is shortlisted in the Rising Star Diversity Award category.
Steven Fegan has seen it all at Ayrshire College, having started as a student before taking on Student Vice President and Student President responsibilities with the Ayrshire College Student Association. He now works primary within The HIVE facility at the College, which stands for Hope, Inspiration and Values in Education, and aims to help develop students’ essential skills, motivation and self-confidence in an innovative and engaging way.
Steven is a role model to students and staff at the College, having overcome both physical and mental challenges throughout his life. He is using his experiences to make a difference to others and has written powerful pieces on mental health for Ayrshire College’s blog and The Sunday Post, as part of Samaritans’ campaign to raise awareness of their 24-hour service across the UK.
Sara Turkington, Equality and Inclusion Advisor at Ayrshire College, and winner of the Rising Star Diversity Award at the 2016 ceremony, said “Steven is an absolute advocate of promoting inclusion most principally in relation to mental health and wellbeing.
“He has become a role model like no other in the College in respect of mental health. He has openly began to share his personal journey and seek ways to champion positive wellbeing among students, staff and now the wider community as a result of his campaign work with the Samaritans.
“He is a hero of mine for sure.”
Kayleigh Haggo has been nominated for the tremendous impact she made on her HNC Sports Coaching and Development course in 2016-17.
Kayleigh has won three gold medals at the European Paralympic Youth Games, set 13 world records and four national age group records in swimming, race running and club throw sports.
She has used that experience to coach and inspire young people throughout Scotland. A fantastic ambassador of Ayrshire College, Kayleigh is a Scottish Disability Sport Academy athlete and co-tutor, which involves her delivering talks, seminars and coaching sessions to a variety of groups across Scotland.
She is also the Youth Ambassador for Ayrshire Sportsability which involves going around Ayrshire schools, businesses and other organisations to talk about the benefits of participation in sport for people with disabilities.
John McTaggart, Curriculum Manager for Sport & Fitness at Ayrshire College, said “It is difficult to put into words how much of an inspiration Kayleigh is to other students, staff and all the community partners that she engages with.
“Kayleigh has a personality that illuminates every room she walks into. Despite her challenges she continues to break down stereotypes and performs to highest standard in any field she competes in, whether it be academic or sporting.”
8 September 2017