The sky's the limit for RAF medical students

Published: 23 October 2014 at 12:16

First set of cohorts drop in to receive their awards at Anglia Ruskin ceremony

The first group of graduates from Anglia Ruskin University’s pioneering health courses for RAF Medics attended a graduation ceremony in Cambridge.

A total of nine graduates from Foundation Degree in Leadership and Management in Health and Social Care and BSc (Hons) Management and Leadership in Health and Social Care received their awards during a graduation ceremony at the Corn Exchange.

Charlotte Kenna, Daniel Shaw, Diane Harwood, Emma Kerslake, Emma Morris, Isabel Stone, Stuart Lowry, Sarah Hughes and Felicity Eagles all successfully completed the distance learning course, some of whom studied from overseas postings such as the Falklands Islands, Afghanistan and Cyprus.

Squadron Leader Doug Bain said:

“This degree is based on the accreditation of prior learning which recognises the value of the training, education and experience that RAF Medics gain during their RAF careers. It also recognises the value of our people, and the degree they were awarded has not only extended useful skills and knowledge for their service in the RAF but highlights their transferrable skills to any future employer.
“We are delighted with their success and with the flexibility within the degree programme which Anglia Ruskin University developed to meet the particular needs of our operational commitments.”

Warrant Officer Dave James, Warrant Officer to the Head of the Royal Air Force Medical Services, said:

“I am delighted that the medical and military training that our medics undertake throughout their careers has been recognised, and this combined with significant additional study has now resulted in a very worthwhile academic qualification.”

The courses were introduced in 2011 after the RAF chose Anglia Ruskin’s Degrees at Work team to provide Higher Education health courses to its medics. During the ceremony, Vice Chancellor Professor Michael Thorne congratulated the students on becoming the first group to complete the course.

Suparna Ghose, Principal Consultant – Strategy and Partnerships, Degrees at Work, said:

“Many congratulations to the first cohort of RAF Medics who graduated today.
“Our University is proud to offer RAF Medics the opportunity to enhance their education and careers as they continue to fulfil immensely crucial roles. We hope this will be the first of many graduations to come.”