WUC students to present work at first online Equine Student Conference

July 2020

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(NOTE: This is an archived press release.)

On July 15th, six students from Writtle University College (WUC) will present their work in a prestigious setting. The learners have been selected to share their dissertations at the inaugural UK Online Equine Student Conference.

The event was created in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and offers undergraduates and postgraduates the opportunity to share their research in a safe, virtual environment. The conference was launched by Dr David Marlin and Dr Jane Williams from Hartpury University, WUC's own Dr. Roberta Ferro de Godoy and Lorna Cameron from the University Centre Sparsholt. 

Dr. Roberta Ferro de Godoy said: "I am delighted that we will be able to give our students the opportunity to share their work. I have been impressed by the high quality of their dissertations and their hard work in difficult circumstances."

WUC's six contributors will be:

  • Leah Kent, Integrated Masters in Veterinary Physiotherapy
  • Aidan McAteer, Integrated Masters in Veterinary Physiotherapy
  • Sophie Parkison: Integrated Masters in Veterinary Physiotherapy
  • Miranda Cosstick: Integrated Masters in Veterinary Physiotherapy
  • Katie Hayward: BSc Equine Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Poppy Morgan: MSc Veterinary Physiotherapy 
  • Gemma Anthony MSc Veterinary Physiotherapy


With many conferences cancelled or delayed as a result of the pandemic, the online event will offer students the chance to showcase their hard work. Poppy Morgan said: "I juggled my dissertation writing around my work as an NHS physiotherapist during the coronavirus pandemic, I wondered if I would ever find the time to finish it. However, now having completed my dissertation, and having my abstract accepted, I am overwhelmed. I feel fulfilled and elated at the thought of being able to share my research with others. I had fantastic support from Writtle University College, they were readily available at all times to help and encourage me, and I couldn't be more thankful."

Around 60 presentations are expected and the platform will allow up to 1000 attendees. Dissertations will be divided into undergraduate or postgraduate and can be presented orally or in a poster-format. Prizes will be made available to the winning students within each category, courtesy of Writtle University College and other sponsors.

To register for a ticket, visit: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/uk-equine-student-conference-2020-attendee-registration-tickets-105633857712