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RCVS appoints new director of education
Dr Linda Prescott-Clements has been appointed as the RCVS' new director of education.

Dr Linda Prescott-Clements to succeed Christine Warman 

The RCVS has appointed Dr Linda Prescott-Clements as its new director of education.

Dr Prescott-Clements joined the RCVS as Christine Warman’s successor in August 2018, having previously worked in senior positions in the NHS and the higher education sector. The roles involved developing competency and quality assurance frameworks, in addition to assessment programmes in undergraduate, postgraduate and continuing education.

Commenting on her appointment, Linda said: “I’m absolutely delighted to be joining RCVS at such an exciting time, when proposals for meaningful and positive educational initiatives are being discussed in consultation with the profession, to address the challenges around ensuring new graduates feel confident and well prepared for their career as a veterinary surgeon and moving towards a supportive, learning culture.

“I look forward to working with an exceptional team to support our Education Committee and Council in ensuring the best possible education for the profession.”

The RCVS officially welcomed Dr Prescott-Clements at its council meeting on Thursday (27 September), where staff also bid a fond farewell to Christine Warman.
Christine, who retires on 12 October, joined the College as head of education in 2013 and became director of the education department in March 2015. In her tenure, she has been involved in the launch of the revamped Fellowship, a shift towards an outcomes-focussed concept of continuing professional development and the Graduate Outcomes project, to be launched later this year.

Christine said: “I’ve had a wonderful five years at the RCVS – it’s been a real privilege to have the chance to work with so many talented people and to contribute to a number of exciting and challenging projects. I’ve been proud to lead the education department and I'm delighted to be handing over to Linda and wish her, and everyone at the College, every success in the future.”

Lizzie Lockett, RCVS CEO, added: “Chris has been a huge asset to the RCVS and will be much missed by all those who have worked with her. She has directed a range of innovative projects that have contributed to the UK being known for some of the highest veterinary educational standards in the world.
“As we welcome Linda to the team, excited about all the skills she will contribute to our work going forward, we are sad to lose Chris, and wish her every happiness in her retirement.”

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