Dianne Ross

MSc Advancing Practice

Scotland, United Kingdom

Dianne Ross

Dianne is a National Dermatology Improvement Nurse.

1. What first attracted you to choose the University of Stirling to study your course?

I previously had a positive experience in completing stand alone CPD modules at Stirling so when I decided to commence an MSc programme it was one of the first universities I looked at. I found the choice of modules to be wide ranging and interesting. I had a full time clinical role in Glasgow so the fact I could complete the entire programme via distance learning was very important to me.

2. What are the benefits you found as a result of studying at Stirling?

I found the staff to be friendly and approachable, especially my dissertation supervisor who was very calm, supportive and encouraging which I really appreciated. Being able to study via distance learning meant the course could fit with my professional and personal life and the flexible teaching methods used meant I could study in the way that was most productive for me.

3. What specific feature(s) did you like most about the course?

The range of modules available meant that it was easy to find ones that sounded interesting and were relevant to my role both current and in the future. I particularly liked the methods used to deliver the modules which were easy to fit around my work.

4. What advice would you give to prospective students who are considering coming to Stirling?

Embrace the experience, take the opportunity to learn and develop and don‘t stress too much about your dissertation!

5. Please can you tell us a bit about your career and what impact you think your studies have had on your career?

When I started the programme I was a SCN and the modules I chose were motivating and very relevant to that role and allowed me to see the potential for further service development, in particular with regard to quality improvement. This led me to consider a new challenge and halfway through my MSc I took on a new national education improvement role. It came as I was considering my dissertation project and the research skills I obtained were invaluable. I feel that my studies increased my understanding of national policy and it’s impact on clinical practice and service provision. Completing my studies to date has given me a great sense of achievement and has also inspired me to seek further educational opportunities.