Danny Shaw

I have thoroughly enjoyed studying on the well-established degree pathways for RAF Medics and look forward to continuing my academic journey.

Danny is a shining example of a driven RAF student. Successfully making his way through both Undergraduate and Postgraduate distance learning degrees alongside a challenging career, and now looking towards Doctorate level. Danny reflects on his BSc.

I chose to undertake the degree after receiving a brief from the University. Accreditation of years 1 and 2 for Senior Non-Commissioned RAF Medics initially attracted me.

The most rewarding aspect of studying this degree is the desire to succeed and the self-belief that actually a degree isn’t something out of my reach.

Reflective practice is a huge aspect of the degree and I have been continually encouraged to reflect upon my practices and challenge myself. The impact is huge; I now know, for example, how to conduct a literature search, define what ‘good’ research is and how to apply research findings to answer specific questions.

Acquisition of the degree also increases your potential employability outside of the service and gives you a formal level 6 qualification.

Options that help you chart a course for civilian life

Acquisition of the degree also increases your potential employability outside of the service and gives you a formal level 6 qualification.

Designed to fit around your busy schedule

Distance learning is very flexible and enables you to study from the comfort of your own home.

The whole concept of distance learning can be daunting to someone who has never had the experience previously. However, the virtual learning environment is like a ‘computer classroom’ where you engage with other students and module tutors and it is extremely easy to use after familiarisation.

Tips for students

Any personnel considering undertaking the degree should ensure they have the ability to commit their time to studying.

Taking charge of your own learning is important; produce your own study timetable to meet deadlines and plan ahead!

Time management is also crucial as the modules require extensive engagement with the virtual learning environment, which can be challenging at times, especially for Service Personnel.

Why ARU?

The level of tutor support has been exceptional with dedicated one on one support through the final dissertation module. The on-line library offered by ARU is also second to none. My learning experience has been very positive and I would like to thank all the University staff for their support.

I would recommend this course to any RAF Medic wishing to commence or further their academic professional development. The knowledge I have acquired through the completion of my studies is directly transferable into the workplace, giving me confidence and developing my Leadership and Management skills

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