Kirsty Apps

Senior Lecturer

School of Health, Science and Wellbeing

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. Starting as a lecturer, I taught across all modules on the Foundation Degree in Paramedic Science. In 2013 I became Award Lead for our Direct Entry Pathway, Practice Lead, and Module Lead for three of the core modules. Since my time at the University, our course has undergone some major changes, including the implementation of our BSc programme, which I am now Course Lead for. I am also still Practice Lead for Paramedic Science and continue to contribute to the development and delivery of all teaching and learning across the programme.

To maintain my clinical competency, I have a bank role as a prison paramedic and complete observational shifts with our partner Ambulance Trust when possible, as that keeps me up to date with what is going on in the real world!

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


  • BSc (Hons) in Paramedic Science
  • FdSc in Paramedic Science
  • Pre-Hospital Practice Education
  • Introducing Health in Justice (HiJ) – Understanding Prison Healthcare
Top 15 for Teaching Quality

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021

6th for Social Inclusion

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022

Midlands University of the Year

Midlands Business Awards 2020