Ayrshire College

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Ayrshire College
Colaiste Siorrachd Àir
Ayrshire College, Kilmarnock, 2018.jpg
The Kilmarnock Campus, opened in November 2016
Former name
Ayr College
Kilmarnock College
James Watt College
MottoStart Here, Go Anywhere
Established2013 (2013)
ChairmanWillie MacKie
PresidentCarol Turnbull
Vice-presidentMichael Breen
Anne Campbell
Jane McKie
Students14,151 (2016–2017)[1]
Location, ,

Ayrshire College (Scottish Gaelic: Colaiste Siorrachd Àir) is a further education institution in Scotland. Formed in August 2013 from a merger between Ayr College, Kilmarnock College and the Largs and Kilwinning campuses of James Watt College, it serves Ayrshire and surrounding areas.

The campus opened in October 2016. It was built on part of the site of the former Johnnie Walker bottling plant, following alcoholic beverage company Diageo's gifting of the location to the college.

In February 2013, the principal of Kilmarnock College, Heather Dunk, was named the principal designate of Ayrshire College.[2]


Ayrshire College was established on August 1, 2013, following the merger of the three main colleges in Ayrshire – Kilmarnock College, Ayr College as well as the Kilwinning and Largs campuses of James Watt College.[3] Ayrshire College is an incorporated College under the Further and Higher education (Scotland) Act 1992. The College is a registered charity in Scotland with a registered charity number of (SCO21177).[3]


Main campuses[edit]

  • Ayr Campus (Dam Park, Ayr)
  • Kilmarnock Campus (Hill Street, Kilmarnock)
  • Kilwinning Campus (Lauchlan Way, Kilwinning)

Other campuses[edit]


  1. ^ "Ayrshire College Key Facts Key Facts Document 16-17 (Draft 051017 1)".
  2. ^ "Ayrshire principal designate unveiled". The Herald. 20 February 2013. Retrieved 16 July 2017.
  3. ^ a b "GUIDE TO INFORMATION AVAILABLE THROUGH THE MODEL PUBLICATION SCHEME 2013" (pdf). Ayrshire College. 2013. Retrieved 24 November 2021.

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