Thomas Bissett has been crowned Queen Margaret University’s top Hearing Aid Audiology student of the year.

Thomas, aged 30, from Inverness was awarded the ‘Student of the Year’ title by Dr Jo White, Senior Lecturer in Audiology at QMU.

The award recognises Thomas’ academic commitment, evidence of progression and application of learning within the work environment. He also received a £100 cash prize in recognition of his academic excellence, which is sponsored by international hearing technology company, Starkey.

Thomas completed the Diploma in Higher Education Hearing Aid Audiology at QMU in 2017 and has already kick started his career as a Hearing Aid Dispenser with Specsavers. Employed by Specsavers’ hearing centre in Elgin, Thomas provides hearing services at stores in Elgin, Nairn, Inverness and Dingwall.

Supporting colleagues in finding a rewarding and challenging career

Peter Taylor, director of Specsavers in Elgin, said: ‘I’m delighted that Thomas has been recognised by QMU as Hearing Aid Student of the Year, he’s a great example of how hard work and determination can bring out the very best in our colleagues.

‘Thomas started as an optical assistant and then discovered a passion for audiology, two years later Thomas has achieved his goal of becoming a Hearing Aid Dispenser. I cannot wait to see what comes next for him.

‘At Specsavers we aim to support all our colleagues in finding a rewarding and challenging career, Thomas is a great example of this.’

The Diploma in Higher Education Hearing Aid Audiology at QMU has equipped Thomas with the skills required to deliver his graduate role, which includes carrying out a range of tests to assess customers’ hearing loss and providing up to date information from the leading manufacturers to offer the best hearing solution.

Demonstrating enthusiasm and dedication

Christine Johnson, Programme Leader for the Diploma in Higher Education Hearing Aid Audiology at QMU, said: ‘Thomas has consistently demonstrated enthusiasm and dedication to his studies. The Audiology team were really impressed with his patient interaction within the workplace.’

Margaret Black from Starkey, which sponsored the award, added: ‘We at Starkey are delighted to present this award to Thomas.

‘Speaking to all the lecturers involved with this course, it became apparent that Thomas started by doing what was necessary, realising what was possible and achieving all of this by building on his strengths and gaining confidence to encourage others on the course.

‘We look forward to seeing Thomas progress in his role within the world of audiology.’

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