Former student weaves her magic for Doddie’s Tartan
Doddie Weir OBE is certainly a household name, and just as famous is his love for wearing tartan suits! So much so that a specially commissioned tartan was designed for his Motor Neurone Disease research charity, the My Name’5 Doddie Foundation, in 2018. The tartan was designed by Doddie in collaboration with Emily Redman, a designer for Berwickshire-based clothes firm ScotlandShop, in a bid to raise cash for his charity.
A smarter way to be assessed
As part of its continued commitment to the development of online assessment, the Business Development Unit at Borders College is excited to announce the implementation of a new e-portfolio.
Kate shines at ‘Virtual’ Royal Windsor
A Borders College lecturer is celebrating after her horse was placed in the top ten of this year’s ‘Virtual’ Royal Windsor show. Fiona Steel, who lectures in Animal Care, was delighted to hear that her horse Kate had taken 10th place, out of 350 entries.
College continues to develop innovative teaching practices
Borders College Electrical Engineering lecturer Mark Catto has developed a creative approach to teaching his students. Throughout the current Covid-19 crisis, Mark has found ways to adapt and deliver his course content online.
Safety at the forefront for Hairdressing department
The current Covid-19 crisis will have a major effect on the way hairdressing salons operate once they open their doors to the public again. To ensure they can operate in a safe manner, the Borders College Hairdressing department is undertaking vital training on the use of the Barbicide disinfectant.
415 loaned laptops keep students learning
Using digital technology for a whole myriad of activities has become the absolute norm these days. One of those essential activities is utilising computers and online platforms to continue vital education and learning. Due to the enforced closure of Borders College, learning now takes places remotely with students and staff learning online, to ensure students can continue their studies and engage with both lecturers and support staff.
College staff ‘Home but not alone’
Borders College Curriculum Learning Manager Joan Cairney came up with a fresh approach to keeping her staff connected and supported throughout the lockdown. Read her story below. Through this difficult time, it’s vital that we all stay in touch and help each other out. This gave me the idea of setting up a WhatsApp group called ‘Home but not alone.’
Cheryl progresses to Xposure 2020 ‘Digital’ Heats
A Borders College hairdressing student is celebrating after reaching the regional heats stage of the Wella Xposure competition, albeit with a different format as originally planned.
Popular ‘Keep Fit Series’ helps keep the community motivated
The Borders College Sport and Exercise department have been helping keep the community motivated throughout the lockdown with a series of popular fitness videos. Realising the importance of people’s wellbeing, College lecturer Janet Jack and Curriculum Learning Manager Darren Burns came up with the ‘Keep Fit Series’ idea, by producing a number of short exercise videos for everyone to get involved in.
Sheena sews scrubs for health workers
Up and down the country, communities are pulling together to use their skills to support the important role that health workers are playing during the COVID-19 crisis. And for one Borders College employee, the opportunity to use her hobby to provide much-needed PPE for the local health centre was an opportunity not to be missed.
College staff and students aid in delivery of vital medical supplies
Ensuring that medical supplies reach those most vulnerable in our community is vital during the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, and a number of College volunteers are doing just that by collecting and delivering medicines directly to the homes of those identified by the NHS.
‘Business’ as usual for College students
Borders College lecturers are continuing to provide first-class tuition to their students throughout the lockdown, coming up with new and innovative ideas in which to teach their subjects. Joanne Ayling, a lecturer in Business Studies at Borders College, is doing just that, after coming up with the idea of an online question and answer session with her HND Business Year 1 students.
‘Team Chisholm’ help to provide vital delivery service to the community
Borders College Wellbeing Adviser Helen Chisholm and her husband Robin are helping do there bit for the community during the lockdown. Read their story below:
Higher education – more than just a qualification
A Higher Education qualification can lead to many benefits, including a prosperous career with financial security. Completing a higher qualification allows you to expand your current knowledge, whilst learning completely new skills and gaining more experience, as well as increasing your employment opportunities by developing the meta skills that employers ask for.
Wattie’s on the road in response to COVID crisis
The Border’s community is full of heart-warming stories of those who are helping fight the COVID Crisis in any way they can at the moment. Facilities Team leader at Borders College Wattie Dodds has already helped prepare specialist Care Hub beds for use at the Louisa Jordon Hospital in Glasgow and now has taken to the road to further help NHS Borders.