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My Essentials

An overview of essential information for students at NESCol.

College Calendar

College Calendars provide you with information on important dates throughout the Academic Year, including block start and end dates, resulting week dates and various holiday periods.

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IT Essentials

Getting logged in to College computers and systems

You have enrolled on to your course. What next? You will be provided with an eight-digit student number and a default password.

When first logging into any College system, you must enter your Student Number as your username and your DEFAULT password, which will be in this format:

  1. Uppercase first character of your forename
  2. Lowercase first character of your surname
  3. Date of birth DD/MM/YY

E.g. John Smith, with a date of birth 20/07/92, will have a password of: Js200792

Once you've logged in, the first thing you should do is access the Password+ page from Blackboard to change your password and set up your security questions. By setting up a Password+ account you have complete control over your password and can reset or change your password at any time and from anywhere with an internet connection.


To connect your computer or mobile device to the College's WiFi network, simply select the ConnectToNESCol WiFi network to start the connection wizard and set up your device. After you go through the set up wizard once, your device should connect to the WiFi network automatically when at the College. If you need any support with this process please contact the Student IT HelpZone.

Please note that your use of the College's WiFi Network is subject to the College's Acceptable Use Policy for Students.

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Money Matters

There are many things that you have to be aware of as a student. This includes things like course funding, childcare and grants, as well as other essentials that affect your life outside of College, such as accommodation, council tax and insurance.

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Student Cards

Whilst at College, your student card will also act as a 'Smart Card' which you can swipe to login to and use College printers. The card also incorporates the National Entitlement Card and, for those who are of age, the Young Scot Card. It comes with lots of great perks, including discounts in various shops and restaurants, and reduced fares on public transport.

Submitting a photo

You'll be sent an email to notify you of when you can upload your photograph for your card. Please do not forward this email to any other student for them to attempt to upload their own photo, as the link is unique to you and will overwrite the photo you have uploaded. Photos must be in the correct format using the guidelines below or they will be rejected and this may hold up your card being produced.

Photo guidelines:

  • Photo should be in 'passport style' (in colour, including your head and shoulders)
  • Framed centrally so that your face is entirely visible
  • Subject should be directly facing the camera (no in a posed position or oblique)
  • Subject should be against a plain, neutral background (light in colour)
  • There should be a good contrast between you and the background
  • The photo should be well lit with no strong shadows
  • You should not wear a hat or head covering (unless for religious or medical reasons)
  • The image file should be: 250x330 pixel 100dpi 24-bit colour JPEG

It is not acceptable to upload a photograph where your face is partially hidden, you area wearing sunglasses, there is more than one person in the photo or you are so far away from the camera that your face is not clearly visible/recognisable.

Once your photo has been uploaded you will receive an email letting you know if it's been approved or rejected. If it's been rejected the reason will be in the subject of the email.

Collecting your card

Your card will be ready to collect once you are enrolled on your course. The College will contact you by email to let you know where and when you can collect your card, and what you need to bring with you.

Smartcards are free of charge, and every full-time student is entitled to one. If you lose your card, you will be required to pay £5 for a replacement.

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Stay up-to-date

There are lots of ways to keep in touch with the College, and stay updated on all things NESCol - whether it's events, important announcements or student showcases.

Social Media

One of the best way to stay 'in the know' is to follow us on social media.

For a list of all social media pages, including the official pages and course/facility-specific pages, visit our Social Media webpage.

Student Email

It's very important to check your student email account regularly, as this is the main method of communication that the College use to provide you with important information about your course, student support and other key aspects of being at student at the College. It is also the way that the Students' Association will use to update you on key developments or opportunities.

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Important Contacts

Curriculum Contacts
School of Creative Industries, Computing and Business Enterprise

Susan Betty, Director of Curriculum
Telephone: 01224 612177

Elaine Makein, Faculty Manager - Creative Industries
Telephone: 01224 612099

Robert Laird, Faculty Manager - Business Enterprise
Telephone: 01224 612052

Cameron Walker, Faculty Manager - Computing, Digital Technologies & Enterprise
Telephone: 01224 612032 (Aberdeen); 01346 584514 (Fraserburgh)

School of Engineering, Science and Technology

Susan Grant, Director of Curriculum
Telephone: 01224 612663

Colin Tweedie, Faculty Manager - Electrical, Mechanical Engineering, Energy & Science
Telephone: 01224 612718

Phil Wilson, Faculty Manager - Electrical, Mechanical Engineering & Technologies
Telephone: 01346 586100 (Fraserburgh); 01224 612736 (Aberdeen)

Pat Cromar, Faculty Manager - Construction & Automotive Engineering
Telephone: 01224 612223

School of Service Industries

Joan Thorne, Director of Curriculum
Telephone: 01224 612290 (Aberdeen); 01346 586100 (Fraserburgh)

Trish Swan, Faculty Manager - Childcare, Health & Social Care
Telephone: 01224 612036

Lesley Ingram, Faculty Manager - Hair, Beauty & Sport
Telephone: 01224 612034

Brian Dunn, Faculty Manager - Social Sciences and Learning Opportunities
Telephone: 01224 612276


To book an appointment with a Student Adviser to discuss the support on offer to students, including funding and learning support:
Telephone: 01224 612284

For general enquiries:
Telephone: 01224 612330


For Library+ contact details and opening hours at each campus, please visit the Library+ page.

For IT facility contact details and opening hours, including the IT HelpZone, please visit the IT Facilities page.

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