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ESOL Course

We still have a few places available for our evening Advanced ESOL course, which includes the Higher ESOL qualification and is ideal for learners who are doing HN college courses and/or want to go to university in the future.

Apply here: http://www.westcollegescotland.ac.uk/courses/course-directory/courses/esol/advanced-esol-evening

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The Paisley Prince’s Trust Team is Recruiting

Starting in less than a month the Team programme is an action packed 12 weeks for young people to help build self-confidence and motivation.

Aimed at 16 – 25 year olds it could give you the direction you are looking for! Apply to our next Paisley Team: http://www.westcollegescotland.ac.uk/courses/course-directory/courses/princes-trust/princes-trust-team-programme

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Short Courses at West College Scotland

We have some tasty short courses starting this September/October at our Paisley campus for just £35.

Visit www.westcollegescotland.ac.uk for further information and to apply. #goforit


Classic Cakes – £35

Starts: 10 Oct


Pasta & Risotto – £35

Starts: 3 Oct


Petits Fours – £35

Starts: 19 September


Sugar Work – £35

Starts: 26 September


*Every Tuesday, 5.30-8.30pm (3 weeks)

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College Partnership with Elior UK set to be a Recipe for Success!

West College Scotland has partnered with Elior UK (one of the UK’s leading hospitality companies) at Ibrox stadium under the guidance of award winning Chef Jav Aziz.

We are looking for people with a positive attitude, who are willing to learn in a fast moving environment to take part in a unique and exciting opportunity to develop their professional cookery knowledge and skills.

This opportunity is open to a very limited number and will involve training and working within the stadium’s hospitality and function kitchens and restaurants as well as attending classes at West College Scotland’s Paisley campus.

A recruitment event including interviews will be conducted at Ibrox stadium in September 2017 and the 14 week bursary funded course will commence on 11 September 2017.

Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements required, although experience in hospitality would be beneficial.

Want to apply for this unique opportunity and to find out more?

For more information or to apply visit: http://bit.ly/2vMgVv7

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WCS winner of the Herald Higher Education Award – Outstanding Employer Engagement

West College Scotland (WCS) are delighted to have won the Outstanding Employer Engagement category at the illustrious Herald Higher Education Awards.

Photograph by Colin Mearns

This Award comes to recognise WCS Design departments remarkable work with Neat Living, a Glasgow-based company providing innovative housing solutions. The College’s collaboration with Neat Living, now in its third year, gives WCS Interior Architecture & Design students a unique opportunity to apply the skills they acquire in class to meet real-world business needs.

Angela Pignatelli, WCS Assistant Principal – Creative Industries & Essential Skills, says: “The team
involved in this project has worked tirelessly in creating a curriculum which is relevant, valuable and
connected to the world of industry. Our key partner, Colin Taylor of Neat Living, has immersed himself in the life and work of the college to co-create a course programme which develops the necessary employment and entrepreneurial skills for today’s fast moving world of design. We’re immensely grateful to Colin, the curriculum team and the judging panel at The Herald Awards in helping us achieve this noteworthy success.”

Colin Taylor, Director and Founder of Neat Living, says: “It’s a great recognition for West College Scotland – and the most committed members of staff you could ever hope to meet. Were so pleased to have played a part in co-creating a unique pathway, which makes West College Scotland the Go-To place for the next generation of aspiring designers in architecture and interior design.”

Lola Paterson, WCS Interior Design lecturer, says: “Each year, the project provides our students with an incredible opportunity to get invaluable work experience which contributes greatly to them articulating onto university or future employment.”

Alexander Lake, 19, from Cardonald, is one of WCS students who benefited from the project this Academic year. He said: “I’m delighted to have taken part in this project with Neat Living. The team is amazing and was supportive throughout the entire project. Live client briefs are important because they give us real life experience.”

Learn more about the project and see WCS students’ outstanding work:

2017/18: Our design students help Neat Living shape the house of the future

2016/17: Students Neat’ Animations Impress Professionals

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WCS Paisley Campus Computing Lecturer announced finalist for 2017 BAFTA YGD Mentor Award

David Renton, Curriculum Quality Leader in Computing at our Paisley Campus, is one of only five finalists for the 2017 BAFTA Young Game Designers (YGD) Mentor Award.

David’s nomination was supported by his colleagues who highlighted his outstanding contribution in engaging young people in Games Development. They said:

“David is always looking for ways to make sure his students have as many opportunities as possible. Most recently he has been working with students to encourage them to run coding clubs in local schools to teach the children how to make games.”

“By working with David he has inspired me to push myself at work and outside of work by also working with the students and the clubs and encouraging me with my own clubs that I run as well as my game jams which he has been speaking at”.

David is delighted by his nomination and, most important, by the results of his efforts as he’s seeing every year more local young people getting into Games Development, a field he’s passionate about.

“I am thrilled to be nominated for a BAFTA as Young Game Designer Mentor of the year. I started teaching games development at what was Reid Kerr College in 2006 to 12 students and we now have over 160 students doing games development at different levels in the Paisley Campus of West College Scotland. The College and I have done a lot of work in the past 7 years to engage with schoolchildren in Renfrewshire in both Primaries and Secondary schools to encourage them to consider Games Development as a career path to follow. I am now seeing schoolchildren who visited the college when they were only 10 years old, to playtest my students’ games, applying to our full time courses. This nomination is recognition of all that hard work”.

David will be attending the prestigious BAFTA YGD Awards Ceremony which will take place on Saturday 8 July at BAFTA 195 Piccadilly, London.

We hope David will be announced winner of the prestigious award that would come as a well-deserved recognition of his exceptional work. Bill Gallacher, Head of Sector, Business & Technologies, says:

“It is no surprise to me or his colleagues that David has been nominated for a BAFTA.  Everyone at West College Scotland is delighted David has been recognised in this way.  He has been an inspirational lecturer to the hundreds of students who have been taught by him over the years.  David has that special talent that can make difficult concepts understandable to us mere mortals!”

“He is always focused on using the latest ‘next big thing’ in computing and how he can use and adapt it to improve his own teaching and his students’ knowledge and understanding.  He is a nice guy and a special talent”.

Angela Pignatelli, Assistant Principal – Creative Industries & Essential Skills, concurs:

“We are immensely proud to hear of David’s nomination for an internationally recognised BAFTA award. He has dedicated himself to learning and teaching, excelled in the field of digital technologies and remains a source of inspiration for his students and colleagues alike. We have our fingers crossed for his success on the night and wish him all the very best to continue flying the flag for West College Scotland“.

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Paisley Interior Achitecture students work with David Ross, Director of Keppie Design

This academic year has seen the College’s HND Interior Architecture students team up with a range of design companies, providing them with invaluable real work experience, concluding with a collaboration with future led design company, Keppie Design.

Working closely with David Ross, Director of Keppie Design, the students were given a brief which involved designing a studio for a contemporary artist or sculptor, whose work and practice makes use of natural light.

Speaking to the students’ lecturer, Lola Paterson, about the project she said,

David Ross’s investment in West College Scotland’s designers past and present has been outstanding. This particular project saw David deliver a session on design, inspiring and guiding the students before providing encouragement and feedback on their initial sketchbook work.


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Paisley 2021 computer game by WCS students is ‘roaring’ success

Teams of students at West College Scotland have taken inspiration from Paisley’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2021 by creating special computer games based around the town’s cultural and heritage story.

Winning West College Scotland Paisley 2021 game Pride of the Lions by team BARDS

HNC Games Development students were tasked with creating the Paisley 2021-themed games as part of their graded unit and had just over 10 weeks to program, develop and design them before being put to the test by local primary school pupils.

Team BARDS, from left, David Cavana, 18, Adam Dickinson, 24, Ryan Duffy, 22, and Samuel Burrows, 25

Forty-four pupils from Lochfield Primary School were given the first chance to try out the 12 games and grade their favourite during a special afternoon at West College Scotland.

Lochfield Primary pupils enjoy their day playing games at WCS

The games were marked on their originality, graphics, sound and gameplay with the pupils awarding first prize to ‘Pride of the Lions’ by team BARDS.

Inspired by the Pride of Paisley public art trail, the game allows players to take control of colourful Paisley lions and compete against each other at various landmarks around the town.

The winning team was comprised of Ryan Duffy, 22, Samuel Burrows, 25, David Cavana, 18, Adam Dickinson, 24, and Ben Cunningham, 18, who were thrilled to scoop the top prize.

Project manager Ryan Duffy said: “We’re delighted to be chosen as the favourite game by the Lochfield Primary School pupils. Working together as a team really helped us to get the best out of each other and produce a game that’s fun and looks good visually.

“We wanted to make a fun game that reflected Paisley so we thought ‘what about the Paisley lions?’. We thought a multiplayer game featuring the lions inspired by the ‘Pride of Paisley’ art project would go down well with the children and we’re glad our hard work has paid off.”

The team took photographs of the town’s famous landmarks to feature them in various gameplay modes, as well as creating over a dozen patterns for players to choose for their lion.

BARDS are now looking at the possibility of entering the game into competitions and hope it will promote Paisley’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021.

Ryan added: “We’re looking at various ways in which we can take the game forward and there are a number of competitions that we’re looking at the possibility of entering it into.

“We hope that the game can help raise awareness of Paisley 2021 and showcase the town as it bids to be UK City of Culture.”

West College Scotland have been running the games competition with Lochfield Primary School for the past seven years and Games Development lecturer David Renton believes the experience is great for both students and school pupils.

David, who has been nominated for the BAFTA Young Game Designer Mentor Award for 2017, said: “It was a fantastic day. We had 44 children in from Lochfield Primary School playing the games that the HNC class have created over the past 10 weeks.

“We set them the theme of Paisley 2021 and there were some games that really captured the imagination. The winning team and some of the runners-up had some great artwork that really incorporated Paisley and I think the kids really enjoyed it.

““We’ve been doing this with Lochfield Primary School for the past seven years and having the school pupils come in makes it real for our students. They have a client that they are actually making the game for and it makes them realise just how much the kids enjoy it when they come in to play it.”

Marie Renton, Depute Head at Lochfield Primary School, said: “Our P6 and P6/7 pupils really enjoyed working with the Games students from WCS this year. They collaborated together at the start of the project when the college students shared their game ideas with our pupils. Our pupils then gave feedback and even helped with some of the artwork.

“This year we chose the Paisley theme as we are all very enthusiastic to get behind the Paisley 2021 bid. We have a great partnership with WCS and both sides benefit from this ongoing link.”

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MOYA, Paisley Art & Design students’ production company, earns sector and public recognition

MOYA – Minds of Young Artists – is a production company created and driven entirely by design students from West College Scotland Paisley Campus. This revolutionary concept aims at promoting and selling the students’ artwork and is supported by Paisley 2021.

MOYA has now provided a solid foundation for the students to put their artwork into circulation and to generate revenue for themselves. In fact, they have already designed and created original artwork for five local businesses. The students have therefore achieved the full circle: providing a means of implementing their learning, setting up business and earning money.

This outstanding achievement was recently recognised at the 2017 SPARQS Student Engagement Awards. SPARQS – the Student Partnerships in Quality Scotland – is a publicly-funded agency for Scotland’s university and college sectors which aims to support student engagement in the quality of the learning experience.

The 2017 SPARQS awards ceremony was held in Edinburgh at the end of March. MOYA was part of the shortlisted projects in the awards category ‘A co-curricular initiative/project which has had an impact across the college or university’. Our students were up against other groups from well-respected universities, such as St Andrew’s, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

MOYA won first runner up and West College Scotland students were extremely pleased with the recognition. Murron Stoddart, HNC Graphic Design student and member of MOYA, said “I can’t express how honoured were to have been a part of the SPARQS awards, it really means a lot when our work as students gets recognised and rewarded, and we are so grateful.”

West College Scotland Design Lecturer Deborah Dennett was very proud of what her students have achieved. She said: “We are delighted that our students are designing, producing and selling their products through the MOYA brand. It enables them to implement their learning while at the same time grow their entrepreneurship skills and gain invaluable work experience.”

Last week, West College Scotland students running MOYA have also attended ‘Get Inspired 2017’ – Bridge 2 Business’ annual end-of the year event for West Scotland. The event, held at the Citizen M hotel in Glasgow, was an opportunity to promote and recognise student entrepreneurship across the West Region. Showcased at the event, MOYA was awarded ‘Best new business enterprise’ through public vote. The students were delighted to earn this popular recognition of their work. The event also gave them yet another opportunity to promote and market their work at a merchandise stand presenting a range of their products, such as T-shirts, framed artwork, tote bags and prints.

To find out more, like and follow MOYA on www.facebook.com/MOYAWCS

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Ferguslie Learning Centre Open Day

West College Scotland will be holding an Open day at Ferguslie Learning Centre on Thursday 4th May from 10am until 2pm.