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 the Ayrshire area, surrounding areas and overseas students.

The college offers all the courses previously provided by its legacy institutions. A new campus at Kilmarnock opened in October 2016.[2]

In February 2013, the principal of Kilmarnock College, Heather Dunk, was named the principal designate of Ayrshire College.[3]


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.[4] 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).[5]


Main campuses[edit]

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

Other campuses[edit]

Management Structure[edit]

Principal and Chief Executive

  • Carol Turnbull


  • Michael Breen
  • Anne Campbell
  • Jane McKie


  • Moira Birtwistle (Director of Learning and Skills)
  • Helen Canning (Director of Student Services)
  • David Davidson (Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development)
  • Elaine Hutton (Director of Creative Learning and Skills)
  • Julie Maxwell (Director of Learning and Skills – Care and Early Years)
  • Michael McHugh (Director of Quality Enhancement and Business Improvement)
  • Stuart Miller (Director of Industry Programmes)
  • Gavin Murray (Director of Learning and Skills – Aerospace, Construction, Engineering and Science)
  • Carol Nisbet (Director of Schools, Essential Skills and Widening Access)
  • James Thomson (Director of Finance and Student Funding)


  1. ^ https://view.joomag.com/ayrshire-college-key-facts-key-facts-document-16-17-draft-051017-1/0185129001507209226?short
  2. ^ "First Minister opens £53 million Ayrshire College Kilmarnock campus". The Herald. 12 December 2016. Retrieved 16 July 2017.
  3. ^ "Ayrshire principal designate unveiled". The Herald. 20 February 2013. Retrieved 16 July 2017.
  4. ^ http://www1.ayrshire.ac.uk/media/1600/ayrshire_college_model_publications_template_august_2013_v1b.pdf
  5. ^ http://www1.ayrshire.ac.uk/media/1600/ayrshire_college_model_publications_template_august_2013_v1b.pdf

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