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.

Once you have received an offer for your course, we will contact you by email to upload a photo for your student card. Having a student card is not mandatory but you will need one to access library services along with printers on campus. It can also be really useful for gaining discounts with some retailers.

You can also apply for an NUS Student Card. These are accepted nationwide and can give access to a variety of discounts in shops and online. You can apply for this card and find out more information here:

In addition to this, there are websites students can sign up to which enable a wide range of discounts both online and in shops.

Student Beans


If you would like proof of being a student at NESCol, we can issue you with a Student Confirmation Letter and you can request this by using the link on My NESCol or email with your full name, student number, current course code and details on why you need the letter. We will then issue a letter to you within five working days.


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

(3D Animation, Art & Design, Business & Management, Fashion & Textiles, Media, Photography & TV, Music, Sound Production & Drama, Visual Communication)

Elaine Makein, Head of Sector
Telephone: 07702 517 771


Sector of Hospitality & Leisure

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

Michele Burnett, Head of Sector
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, Science and Computing

Andrew Donn, Head of Sector
Telephone: 01346 586168

Sector of Mechanical, Electrical and Vehicle Technologies

(Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Automotive)

Paul Balfour, Head of Sector
Telephone: 01346 586100


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