The first paramedics to study at the University of Stirling are set to celebrate their graduation this week.
The University launched BSc Paramedic Science in September 2020 to boost paramedic numbers in the region.
On Friday 24 November, more than 30 students – many of whom have already secured jobs with the Scottish Ambulance Service (SAS) – will officially mark the end of their course at the University’s winter graduation.
Amongst them will be Ida Talghari, 21, from Bishopbriggs, who will start working with the SAS in Glasgow in the New Year.
She said: “It’s hard to pick one highlight, I have had incredible opportunities to develop as an individual through studying at Stirling.
“I really enjoyed my placements which were across both rural and urban areas of central Scotland and I feel really prepared for my new job as I have had such varied experiences; from responding to patients on boats to attending those in hairdressers in town centres.”
Also graduating is Roisin Toland, 22, from Lennoxtown. She said: “I’m really looking forward to getting stuck in to work and putting what I’ve learned in to practice. My studies have given me a great foundation.
“I’m grateful to have secured a job and I’m excited for my future.”
Devlin Frew, 24, from Parkhead in Glasgow, will also be celebrating. Having previously completed an undergraduate degree in History, he changed his career plans after being drawn to the profession.
Devlin, who has secured a job as a paramedic in Edinburgh, said: “I originally wanted to be a teacher, but decided to follow a new path and the role of a paramedic is so diverse, every day is different.
“I think I will enjoy meeting and working with lots of new people from a range of backgrounds – both patients and colleagues. I’m also looking forward to working in a role where I can do some good.”
Claire Crawford, BSc Paramedic Science Programme Director at the University of Stirling, said: “These are our first graduates in Paramedic Science and we are both proud and excited to see them enter their first positions in pre-hospital care.
“The BSc Paramedic Science prepares paramedics of the future through a variety of clinical and practice placement modules led by a diverse and experienced team.”
More than 1,000 students will graduate from the University of Stirling at its winter graduation ceremonies on Thursday 23 and Friday 24 November.