Nominated for the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Award for Excellence and Innovation in Teaching for his innovation and development of Army Preparation and Public Services courses which have been embraced since by every college in the country. Allan Shaw has been working in Further Education since 1990. He qualified as a First Aid instructor in 1999 and has been running courses ever since.
As a qualified mountaineering leader he has been leading overseas expeditions since 2000 and has led many expeditions in deserts, jungles and mountains around the world to places such as: Nepal, Ecuador, Peru, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, India, Iceland, Cambodia, Ghana, Eswatini. North Vietnam, Malaysia, Norway, Croatia and Morocco. He has also led countless ski trips around Europe.
Allan spent the last 10 years running the Outdoor Sports Department at the University of Derby teaching students to be rock climbing, kayaking, canoeing and caving instructors .His passion for the outdoors has seen him develop Advanced Expedition First Aid courses which he has delivered around the globe as well as closer to home. Allan spent time honing his skills with a mountain rescue team as a volunteer and seeks to enhance his knowledge and learning at every opportunity. Allan is also a mentor for Mountain Training supporting the development of instructors and has recently been part of British Canoeing’s development of first aid courses. He previously held the role as defibrillator trainer for Merseyside Ambulance Service. He is also a member of the Institute of Search and Technical Rescue
Over the last few years, Allan has delivered countless first aid courses to hospital staff, dentists, school and college staff as well as numerous outdoor instructors and organisations and workplaces.
His unique real-life scenarios, including his “no-powerpoint” approach, make Allan’s courses fun and engaging. He uses mnemonics and simple tips to help make the learning stick and his focus on practical application makes delivery memorable. All this means Allan’s delegates return to his courses year after year.