Kirsty Apps

Course Director

Health, Education, Policing and Sciences


I began my career with the Ambulance Service in 1996 and qualified as a Paramedic in 1998. During my time with the Ambulance Service I worked as a Technician, Paramedic, Mentor and Clinical Team Mentor. I also trained as an Emergency Care Practitioner in 2004, although my time in the role was cut short when I emigrated to Australia shortly after. Whilst in Australia, I worked as an Advanced Care Paramedic, in a variety of urban and rural (some very remote!) areas. This provided me with a good insight to our role on the other side of the world.

From my most recent clinical roles as Mentor and Clinical Team Mentor, I developed a passion for supporting students and an interest in the change of direction for paramedic education. From that, I made the move into Higher Education in 2012 and have been here ever since. Since starting at the University as a Lecturer, my roles have included Module Lead, Practice Lead, Award Lead and Course Lead. Currently I am a Senior Lecturer, Level 4 Module Lead and Course Lead for the BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science (Direct Entry Pathway). I also contribute to the development and delivery of all teaching and learning across the programme.


Professional memberships and activities

  • Registered with the HCPC
  • Member of the College of Paramedics
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Academic qualifications

    • MA Education, Staffordshire University
    • Postgraduate Certificate in Higher and Professional Education, Staffordshire University.
    • Diploma in Health Science (Pre-Hospital Care Conversion), Charles Sturt University


    • Currently studying the Professional Doctorate in Healthcare Science


  • BSc (Hons) in Paramedic Science
  • FdSc in Paramedic Science
  • Pre-Hospital Practice Education
  • Introducing Health in Justice (HiJ) – Understanding Prison Healthcare
in the UK for Quality Education

Sustainable Development Goal 4, Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2024

for Career Prospects

Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2023

for Facilities

Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2023

for Social Inclusion

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023

of Research Impact is ‘Outstanding’ or ‘Very Considerable’

Research Excellence Framework 2021

of Research is “Internationally Excellent” or “World Leading”

Research Excellence Framework 2021

Four Star Rating

QS Star Ratings 2021