ACP students chosen to exhibit at internationally renowned equine science conference

Wednesday, 03 August 2016

Abingdon and Witney College

Two students studying at one of Oxford Brookes University’s partner colleges were chosen to display their work at the International Society for Equitation Science (ISES) Conference in France last month.

Students Karolina Drewek and Sammy Cliffe, who are both in their final year studying the Equine Science degree programme at Abingdon and Witney College, had abstracts of work peer-reviewed and accepted for display at the Conference. Karolina submitted her work Training for a safer leisure horse: a pilot study investigating differences in heart rate between exposures to unknown stimuli, and Sammy submitted her research entitled Safely introducing horses to novel objects – a pilot investigation into presentation techniques. Both will have their abstracts published as part of an ISES paper in the Journal of Veterinary Behaviour-Clinical Applications and Research.

Karolina attended the conference with second-year student Claire Phippen and third-year students Francesca Peruccio and Giorgia Guzman Lucatti.
Throughout the conference the group had the chance to meet renowned equine scientists Paul McGreevy and Sue McDonnell who presented at the conference and gave students the chance to ask questions and discuss ideas. 

Commenting on why she thought the conference was of great benefit to students, Karolina said: “I really enjoyed the experience. People were nice and approachable. The conference was definitely far more interesting and fun than I thought it would be – especially the practical day where theory was put into practice. It also made me think I would like to become a researcher.”

Last year, Abingdon and Witney College was awarded the prestigious Queen’s Anniversary Prize for their Horse Management, Equine Science and Thoroughbred Management courses.

Oxford Brookes University offers a number of degree courses taught in partnership with regional colleges enabling people to study locally and flexibly whether it is in between family commitments or alongside a career.  More information about Oxford Brookes’ undergraduate, postgraduate and foundation degrees taught at further education colleges can be found on the partnership courses webpages.