My Essentials

An overview of essential information for students at NESCol

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.

View College Calendars

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

When you log into Office 365 for the first time you will be asked to sign up for Self Service Password Reset. Provide either a phone number or alternative email address and you will be able to 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 NESCol WiFi network. You’ll find the connection guide on My NESCol. After you have set this up once, your device should connect to the WiFi network automatically when at the College. If you need any support with this 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.

Digital Futures Toolkit

Learn about all the digital the tools you need for learning at NESCol: access the toolkit.

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.

Find out more about funding for students, benefits and childcare funding.

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 don’t share your link with your friends as each person has their very own!

It is really important that if you are using the college transport for Fraserburgh that you let us know in advance so that we can make sure your card has the correct information on it. If you have not already contacted us about the bus please email

Photos need to be of just your head and shoulders and should not have any filters used so no snapchat or Instagram shots are allowed and unfortunately there is no hats or head coverings permitted either. The photos are double checked to ensure that they are suitable so to make sure your card is not held up please upload the type of photo that you would have on your driving licence or passport.

We aim to have the cards ready for collection as soon as possible once you have enrolled onto your course and started attending classes. Once your card has been produced and is in college ready to collect we will contact you by email to let you know where and when you can collect it.

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.


Please contact the Student Advice Centre for more information on student cards:

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.


My NESCol is our student Intranet – it’s where you will get all your College news and events updates, and access information about facilities, student support, absence management and more. Download the app (My NESCol Hub) and log in using your College log in details.

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.

Student Status Letters

If you require a letter confirming your student status, you can request this using the online request form on My NESCol or by sending an email to

Please ensure that you provide us with your full name, date of birth, course code and the reason you require the letter (this helps us make sure we are issuing the correct letter). At this time we are only able to post letters or send a PDF letter to you by email so please let us know how you would like to receive your letter. Letters will be ready 5 working days after we receive your request, however should you have any queries please contact us on 01224 612301.

Council Tax

Every Year the college sends a list of every full-time student to Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire Councils. The councils use this list to help them award discounts to council tax. Please ensure that you apply for discounts directly to the council however because we notify them of your student status you do not need to request a letter from us to confirm your attendance. If you are resident in an area outwith Aberdeen City or Shire then you can request a letter confirming your attendance for council tax. To do this please complete the Student Status Request form which can be found on My NESCol or email the College Administrators on

Curriculum Contacts

Sector of Business and Creative Professions

(Art & Design, Business & Management, Media, Communication & TV, Music, Sound Production & Drama)

Elaine Makein, Head of Sector
Telephone: 01224 612099

Sector of Hospitality & Leisure

(Hair, Beauty & Complementary Therapies, Hospitality, Sport, Fitness & Uniformed Services, Travel & Tourism)

Michele Burnett, Head of Faculty
Telephone: 01224 612052

Sector of Care, Education & Social Sciences

(Childcare, Health & Social Care, ESOL, Learning Opportunities, Social Science)

Brian Dunn, Head of Sector
Telephone: 01224 612276


Sector of Construction, Engineering Skills, Automotive & Science

(Automotive, Construction, Mechanical Engineering Skills & Science)

Kevin Bruce, Head of Sector
Telephone: 01346 586127

Sector of Computing & Engineering Technologies

(Computing Networking, Interactive Technologies, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering Technology)

Cameron Walker, Head of Faculty
Telephone: 01224 612032



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.


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