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Tributes paid to Prof R.H. Graham Suggett OBE
Prof Suggett with HRH The Princess Royal.
NEF co-founder and celebrated educator has died.

The National Equine Forum (NEF) has paid tribute to Prof R.H. Graham Suggett OBE, who passed away on 7 November at the age of 87 following a long illness.

Prof Suggett co-founded the NEF alongside Prof Sir Colin Spedding OBE and Arthur George MBE, with the first forum taking place in 1993. He held the post of convenor from 1998 to 2008 and became an honorary fellow of the forum in 2015.

The annual event, presided over by HRH The Princess Royal, brings together members of the equestrian industry and experts to address and debate important issues in the sector.

As well as his role in the NEF, Prof Suggett greatly contributed to the equine sector in his work as principal of Warwickshire College (Moreton Morrell). In the mid-1970s, he launched the first full-time further education course in equine management. The course later developed into the first equine degree in the UK.

He was awarded an OBE in 1994 for services to agricultural education and conservation.

After retiring from Warwickshire College, he served as director of equine development and breeding at the British Equestrian Federation and as chairman of the National Equine Database.

In a statement released following his passing, the NEF said: “Graham was a tireless driver for many positive developments within the equine sector and will be sorely missed.”

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Bristol uni celebrates 75 years of teaching vets

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 The University of Bristol's veterinary school is celebrating 75 years of educating veterinary students.

Since the first group of students were admitted in October 1949, the school has seen more than 5,000 veterinary students graduate.

Professor Jeremy Tavare, pro vice-chancellor and executive dean for the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, said: "I'm delighted to be celebrating Bristol Veterinary School's 75 years.

"Its excellence in teaching and research has resulted in greater understanding and some real-world changes benefiting the health and welfare of both animals and humans, which is testament to the school's remarkable staff, students and graduates." 

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RCVS HQ to temporarily relocate

The headquarters of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) is to move temporarily, ahead of its permanent relocation later in the year.

From Monday, 26 February 2024, RCVS' temporary headquarters will be at 2 Waterhouse Square, Holborn, London. This is within walking distance of its current rented offices at The Cursitor, Chancery Lane.

RCVS have been based at The Cursitor since February 2022, following the sale of its Westminster premises the previous March.

However, unforeseen circumstances relating to workspace rental company WeWork filing for bankruptcy means The Cursitor will no longer operate as a WeWork space. The new temporary location is still owned by WeWork.

RCVS anticipates that it will move into its permanent location at Hardwick Street, Clerkenwell, later on in the year.