Equine behaviourist, Justine Harrison, accepts honorary degree

November 2021

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(NOTE: This is an archived press release.)

Writtle University College in Essex has awarded an honorary degree to leading equine behaviourist, Justine Harrison.

On October 29th, Justine attended the University College's first in-person graduation ceremony since 2019.

The event, which has held at Chelmsford's historic Cathedral, celebrated the success of the classes of 2020 and 2021 and highlighted Justine's achievements.

Writtle University College Vice-Chancellor, Professor Tim Middleton, said: "We were delighted to confer honorary awards as part of our graduation ceremony. Justine Harrison is an inspiration to our students and has made incredible contributions to the equine behaviour sector."

Justine strives to encourage the horse-owning population to implement the most ethical training techniques and adopt more horse-centred management methods. She is highly supportive of WUC's BSc (Hons) Equine Behavioural Science degree.

Justine said: "I feel very honoured and extremely grateful to be receiving this award. It is particularly significant for me to receive this from Writtle University College, as the equine behavioural science team is leading the way with research-led practice. 

"Their BSc (Hons) Equine Behavioural Science degree is the first of its kind - not only teaching evidence-based theory but also training the students how to apply that knowledge in practice."

The degree allows students to pursue a specialist interest in the field of equine behaviour. It integrates the latest research to promote ethical and sustainable horsemanship practices using both the University College's stud and ridden horses.

The degree is just one of many popular equine courses offered by Writtle University College. Students benefit from a wide range of equine programmes at college and university level, including a recently-launched and highly popular MSc in Equine Performance Science.

For more information on courses or the specialist facilities available at WUC's countryside estate, visit writtle.ac.uk.