AS-ET Graduation – Hats off to the students

grad-2Hot on the heels of returning from GV-Solas, I hopped on a train to London to be a guest at the AS-ET Graduation Ceremony.  For those of you reading who are not familiar with AS-ET, it is Animals in Science Education Trust, a charity set up to support education within animal science.  AS-ET has distributed, or is committed to distribute, nearly £100,000 in grants to support education and welfare activities. The bulk of the grants are in the form of bursaries to enable individuals to attend courses to improve their own knowledgrad-3ge and skills. These courses range from specialist short courses  to long formal courses such as those leading to the IAT further and higher education qualifications.

Datesand are a long-term supporter of AS-ET and I also sit on their fundraising committee.  It was an honour to be invited to see this year’s further and higher education students graduate in the surroundings of UCL’s London School of Pharmacy. In 2017 there were 12 Diploma Level 4, 7 diploma Level 5, 2 Diploma Level 6 and 6 Middlesex University BSc Professional Practice in Laboratory Science graduates. Congratulations to all of the students who worked so hard!

The graduation ceremony was attended by Ken Applebee, CEO and Chair of IAT Council, and was addressed by the Guest of Honour Robin Lovell-Badge FRS FMedSci.  After the presentation of the certificates there was a break in the rain long enough for photos on the lawn followed by a dash back inside for a glass of fizz and a sandwich.

It was soon time for a dash through the torrential rain back to the station for the train journey home.

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