Mr Matt Griggs

Mr Matt Griggs

Lecturer in Clinical Education (Global Health)

Peninsula Medical School (Faculty of Health)



After an initially varied career path, I joined the ‘South East Coast Ambulance Service’ in 2004. Starting in a non-emergency role, I quickly progressed to become an Ambulance Technician working on front-line vehicles. In 2008 I moved on to join the last cohort of IHCD (Institute of Healthcare and Development) trained paramedics within the trust, which also required studying on one of the very first university based paramedic programmes at St Georges University in London. I then worked as a paramedic in the busy urban environment of Brighton and Hove, where I later became a clinical team leader,

My route into the education sector started when I became a Practice Placement Educator (PPEd) in 2010 and contributed to teaching on the BSc Paramedic Practice programme at Brighton University as a Visiting Lecturer. In 2015 I joined the programme team at Plymouth and in 2018 took on the role of Programme Lead for the undergraduate programme. As well as overseeing the introduction of an updated BSc Paramedic Science programme, I have steered the programme through the current pandemic and enabled our students to graduate on time, despite a plethora of challenges within both the paramedic profession and higher education.

In 2013 I completed a MSc in Hazards and Disaster Management, at Kingston University. Following on from that became a member of UK-Med, as part of their emergency medical team responding to international sudden onset disasters. Since witnessing the Nepal earthquake in 2015 and volunteering as a health worker in the aftermath, I have maintained my interest and links with the country. Alongside other members of the programme team and a Nepali NGO, we have been making plans to develop first aid training programmes within remote regions of the country that, when the pandemic allows, aims involve both University of Plymouth students and in country community health workers.

In August this year I joined the team in the Medical School, on the MSc in Global Health, as a lecturer, where I hope to further develop my interests in paramedicine at a more global level.


2016 Post-graduate Certificate in Academic Practice, Plymouth University

2013 MSc Hazards and Disaster Management (Kingston University London)               

2010 Mentorship (PPEd) Preparation Module (Brighton University)

2010 FD ParamedicSciences (St Georges University of London)

2008 IHCD Paramedic Certificate

2005 IHCD Ambulance Technician Certificate 

2004 IHCDAmbulance Care Assistant Certificate

1998  PgDip Photojournalism (University of Wales, Cardiff)

1994 BSc Geology (Durham University)

Professional membership

Higher Education Academy - Fellow

Health and Care Professions Council - Paramedic registrant 

Member College of Paramedics - Full Member

Roles on external bodies

Global Health Collaborative – Co-Lead

Peer Reviewer for Elsevier Editorial System(EES) – Journal of International Emergency Nursing



Teaching interests

Whilst continuing to teach across many modules on the BSc Paramedic Science programme, more recently my main area of focus has been on clinical decision making and research. 
On the MSc Global Health programme I will be supporting the team to deliver elements relating to the Remote and Rural Pathway. 



Research interests

Currently supervising student research projects on the BSc Paramedic Science programme, both parmedicine masters offers and on the MSc Global Health.