Ayr’s Starlight Walk Returns For 11th Year Running

By Dane McBeth Every year since 2009, Ayr-based charity Ayrshire Hospice has invited locals along to join them on a midnight stroll through the town. On Saturday May 18th the Land O’ Burns Starlight Walk returns for its eleventh anniversary and registration is now open for people looking to gear up for a night of gentle exercise and stargazing. This year, the organisers have decided to freshen things up with three new … Continue reading Ayr’s Starlight Walk Returns For 11th Year Running

What Does it take to be a Therapet?

Callum Kerr With “Paws Against Stress” – an initiative set up by the Student Association of UWS – visiting the Ayr campus today, UWS Newsroom caught up with Therapet Accessor Linda Whitby. The initiative sees ‘Therapets’ visit the campus offering an opportunity for students to de-stress during hectic parts of the academic calendar. Linda outlined some of the criteria dogs must pass before being considered … Continue reading What Does it take to be a Therapet?

Loch Doon Fire Stuns Community

    The emergency services were alerted to the fire on a hillside at Loch Doon at 18:50 on Saturday. At least five miles of hillside has been affected and the public have been asked to avoid the area. East Ayrshire Council said overnight that progress had been made and that a welfare centre had been opened in the nearby town of Dalmellington. The fire … Continue reading Loch Doon Fire Stuns Community

Ochiltree Community Hub

Ochiltree’s new Community Hub is getting nearer to completion, and with the announcement of two new jobs, it looks set to make a real difference to the local community. Due to open in Summer 2019, the Hub will be run for the community by the community, aiming to improve health and wellbeing, social capital through sharing skills and reinvesting profits to provide sustainable activity. Since … Continue reading Ochiltree Community Hub

Ayrshire Organisations Helping To Make Scotland “Best In UK” For Women In Work

By Dane McBeth Scotland has come out as the best area in the UK for workplace diversity in PricewaterhouseCooper’s annual Women In Work Index. Overall the United Kingdom moved up the table to 13th out of 33 countries involved in the analysis. However the report highlights that progress for women in the workplace is slow with an overall average gender pay gap of 15% between men … Continue reading Ayrshire Organisations Helping To Make Scotland “Best In UK” For Women In Work

Researchers at the University College London have found a significant correlation between obesity and depression

Obesity and depression are on the rise among UK young people, according to a large-scale study led by the University College London. The study was published after the government discussed about how to cut down offensive and body shaming content on social media. Researchers found that there is a significant correlation between obesity and depression. The report also highlights how the influence of social media … Continue reading Researchers at the University College London have found a significant correlation between obesity and depression

From Chemistry to Cats!

By Heather Ryce JANICE KENNEDY was a lecturer of Chemistry and Forensic Investigation at UWS, but gave up full time work to focus her time and energy on the animal charity she founded, CatFlap. CatFlap is a Scottish charity run from Janice’s home in Bearsden and is responsible for rescuing and rehoming over 4000 cats to date. The charity receives no Government funding and depends … Continue reading From Chemistry to Cats!

Could “Unfair” Working Conditions Put Students Off Careers In Care?

A report into working conditions of social care staff has called for reform within the sector, urging the Scottish Government to introduce a new watchdog and establish minimum standards. The 18-month study was led by the chief executive of Alzheimer Scotland Henry Simmons and Lilian Macer from Unison. Findings published by the Fair Work Convention conclude that many of the over 200 thousand workers within … Continue reading Could “Unfair” Working Conditions Put Students Off Careers In Care?

Foundations of health for students

Today first year nursing students at Ayr campus were presenting posters either to do with depression or obesity as part of a formative assignment. The event was to highlight a health promotion campaign. They researched in groups, produced a poster together and then showcased the posters to the rest of the peers across the mental health and nursing programs. “My group has done a poster … Continue reading Foundations of health for students