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19 May 2022

New facilities opened ready for action in 2022/23

We’re gearing up for a full return to campus and while you may have already seen, we have some impressive new facilities to show off – just in time for students joining us in session 2022/23.

So, let’s get right into it – here’s what’s new across our campuses:

Edinburgh College Barbershop

Launched in February 2022, the new Edinburgh College Barbershop is designed to give our students a realistic working experience, training them to the highest standards in preparation for working in the industry.

Students learn the latest cuts and styles from our experienced lecturers, former students and guest lecturers as part of their training.

The Barbershop is at the heart of our Granton Campus and offers a bright, wide open and vibrant space for students, staff and members of the public to come along and get a trim at a very reasonable price.

Find out more and book an appointment. Walk-ins are also accepted.

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Renewables and Energy Efficiency Training Centre

Our recently opened Renewables and Energy Efficiency Centre houses brand new equipment which will help us to reduce energy bills and work towards more sustainable house-building in the future.

The centre is housed at our Granton Campus and will be vital in training future cohorts of plumbers, heating engineers and electricians in renewable technologies.

The centre will also provide reskilling and upskilling opportunities for those already working in industry and now require to learn how to operate new and ever-changing technologies – under the guidance of our lecturing team.

Equipment featured in the new centre includes: ground source heat pumps, air source pumps, solar thermal systems, rainwater and greywater harvesting, SIPS eco panels, underfloor heating systems, and latest gas appliance condensing boiler technology supplied by Worcester Bosch.

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Digital Care Hub – Sighthill and Milton Road Campuses

Launched in 2021, the Digital Care Hub was developed in partnership with the University of Edinburgh, and is aimed at giving our students an enhanced learning experience while developing transferrable skills for careers in health and social care.

The hub focuses on building students’ digital and practical skills through the use of state-of-the-art equipment, supporting experiential learning in a purpose-built setting.

The hub includes a replica medical ward, an infection control and decontamination area; a reflection room; a care at home room; as well as a virtual reality room designed to give students an immersive experience which prepares students for dementia care through demonstrating how a patient with dementia experiences day-to-day life.

The initial hub, based at Sighthill Campus, has been complemented with an additional site at Milton Road Campus which will provide connection and equity of learning for students across both campuses.

Later in 2022, we will also be launching a new Automation Lab at our Midlothian Campus which will house automation and robotics equipment for our Engineering students to utilise during their learning and development – watch out for more details on this coming soon.

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