New college areas officially opened

New college areas officially opened

Ayrshire College has officially opened several exciting new areas for students to learn at its Ayr and Kilwinning campuses.

At its Ayr Campus, the College unveiled:

  • Rockpool Studios: a brand new music studio and sound production suite (opened by Janine Shilstone, the lead singer of Scottish pop punk band Vukovi)
  • A suite for Care and Early Years students that includes a simulated hospital ward and nursery (opened by Professor Fiona McQueen, Chief Nursing Officer for Scotland and new Ayrshire College board member)


  • A kitchen for students on Supported Learning courses (opened by Tracey Stark, Ayrshire College Foundation Chair)

A kitchen for Supported Learning students was also unveiled at the College’s Kilwinning Campus, officially opened by Ayrshire College Chairman Willie Mackie.

The new areas were renovated over the summer months, with the projects funded by the Ayrshire College Foundation. The Ayrshire College Foundation was set up to advance education by providing financial support for projects and activities involving Ayrshire College.

During the tour of Rockpool Studios, invited guests were treated to musical performances by Ayrshire College music students Annabel Thornett, Calum Mcphail, Kieran Robertson, and Nick Morgan.

Vukovi’s Janine Shilstone, a former Ayrshire College student, said when opening Rockpool Studios “Everybody has to start somewhere, and looking back over the last eight years with what I’ve done, Ayrshire College was my somewhere. It gave me a great start in my career. It was a great stepping stone for me and I can’t wait to see the even greater calibre of students the College will produce now that their facilities are industry standard and above.

“I am astounded at the new facilities here, they are as good as any recording facilities I have seen. Congratulations on your new studios and I’m sure it will make a difference to the experience the students will have at Ayrshire College.”

New Ayrshire College board member, Professor Fiona McQueen, Chief Nursing Officer for Scotland, said to Care and Early Years students at the launch “It’s the Scottish Government’s ambition for us all to have healthy working lives. In the jobs you have chosen to do – you will be making a difference to people’s lives. You will be supporting others and saving lives and this is important work. Colleges help us recruit the right people.

“These fantastic facilities will inspire you bring your learning alive. Your experience at College will help you learn the knowledge and skills you need to get into employment.

“There are lots of opportunities in health, social care and early years. It’s an exciting time to join this profession and you will never regret your choice of career.”

More photos of the Ayr openings available here.

More photos of the Kilwinning opening available here.

5 November 2018

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