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Erne Newsletter July Update

Staff Settle into Erne Campus

This week has been memorable for the heatwave that has swept across the country, but it has also been a notable week for South West College, as staff begin life working at the Erne Campus. As everyone settles in, it’s fair to say that staff are already appreciating the Passive House practices that are helping keep the building cool!

Staff are also getting a feel for everything their workspaces have to offer. LRC Assistant, Geraldine Gunn, said: “I love the airy feel of the LRC, it’s a wonderful open space, and now I’m looking forward to see it fill up with students.”

For many staff, the building also offers up the excitement of the latest equipment and technology. Gareth Kennedy, Digital Learning Technologist, said: “after all the anticipation, it’s brilliant to be in this new environment. I’m really enjoying it and can’t wait to get working with all the new equipment I have at my fingertips now.” If you’re working at or visiting the Erne Campus in the coming days and weeks, share your pictures with us at: friday@swc.ac.uk

Tomas O’Leary

Tomas O’Leary, Managing Director of MosArt, visited the Erne Campus recently. He said, “the Erne Campus sets a new standard in terms of construction detailing, material selection, execution onsite and commissioning”. Hear more from Tomas in the video below.

Enniskillen Workhouse

Of course, there’s still plenty of work being done around the Erne Campus, not least with the Enniskillen Workhouse. Fermanagh and Omagh District Council and South West College are working in partnership to undertake the restoration of the workhouse, and the project has gained new momentum as bursary holders have enjoyed their first opportunity to work on the site. Robert Fitzpatrick, Heritage (Construction) Education and Skills Co-ordinator at South West College, says: ‘It’s has been fantastic to have the bursary holders onsite to play their part on the restoration of a building that will sit alongside the wonderful new South West College Erne campus as a centre of historical significance and a future opportunity for the entire community.” Stay tuned for future editions of the Erne Newsletter to hear more from Robert and directly from some of the bursary students, as the Workhouse project continues.

Fairwell to Fairview

Freddy Steele has been a recognisable figure at Fairview, with a long history with the building. He says, “I arrived here in 1978, and spent three years as a student…in 1985 I took up the position of audio visual technician at the college. The people are what made this building what it was, and it’s the people that will make our new building.” Hear this and more in the video below.

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