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The Queen unveils new £45 million vet school

The Queen is opening a new £45 million veterinary school in Surrey today.

She will be joined by the Duke of Edinburgh for a tour of the University of Surrey's School of Veterinary Medicine in Guildford and will meet students.

The Queen Credit: ITV News

The royal couple will meet Professor Noel Fitzpatrick, star of Channel 4's The Supervet, and see dogs that have benefited from prosthetic limb surgery. The new facility boasts one of the best veterinary pathology centres in Europe.

"We are hugely honoured to welcome Her Majesty and His Royal Highness to the University of Surrey.

The School of Veterinary Medicine further cements our position as a world-class institution that is delivering cutting-edge teaching and research from state-of-the-art facilities.

It will not only provide the next generation of sought-after veterinary graduates, but it will offer significant opportunities for collaboration between human and animal medical science professionals and public sector organisations."

– Professor Michael Kearney, Vice-Chancellor, University of Surrey


Queen opens new £900 million Reading station

The Queen was in Reading today to officially open the town's new railway station. £900 million has been spent on a major revamp which includes five new platforms, two entrances, a new link bridge and retail outlets.

Despite radical cuts to public spending after the last election the massive upgrade at Reading was given the go-ahead.

That's because the station is one of the most important hubs in the country with links to London, Gatwick, the south coast and the Thames Valley.

It's is also one of the most congested.

Our Transport Correspondent Mike Pearse was there for the Royal opening. and spoke to Robbie Burns from Network Rail, Mark Hopwood the Managin Director at First Great Western, and Reading East MP Rob Wilson.

Queen to open new £850 million Reading railway station

The Queen will open Reading railway station today following its redevelopment.

Network Rail has spent £850 million improving the station which now has new platforms and new entrances.

It will be the second time the Queen has carried out an opening ceremony at the station.

The Queen will officially open the redeveloped Reading railway staion Credit: Paul Hackett/PA Wire


OBE for University of Southampton Professor

Professor Michael Kelly OBE Credit: University of Southampton

Michael Kelly, Professor of French and currently Head of Modern Languages at the University of Southampton, has been awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2014.

Professor Kelly has been recognised for services to higher education and European cooperation.

“I am delighted to receive this honour. It recognises my contribution to cultural exchanges between Britain and France and the work I have done to promote the study of languages in this country.

Britain's oldest boxing coach honoured in Queen's list

At 90 Jack Bishop is Britain's oldest boxing coach. Affectionately known as Mr Boxing, Jack of Fareham, Hampshire has been honoured with a British Empire Medal.

Involved with the sport for 80 years, Jack has worked tirelessly to promote local fighters in Portsmouth and Southampton.

He first took up boxing as a 10 year old before joining the Royal Marines. In 1963 he became a professional manager where his reputation quickly grew before going on to become one of the most respectable boxing promoters.

During his five decades in the sport, his boxing stable has seen many boxers at various stages of their careers.

A hugely respected and well liked figure in the local area, he has given many generations of boxers their chance to shine.

Cancer charity founder awarded MBE for her work

Joanna Barker MBE Credit: Target Ovarian Cancer

Despite the fact that Joanna Barker's mother was already being treated for ovarian cancer, when sister Sarah began to show symptoms no-one realised it was the same disease.

They died within six weeks of each other and to fight her grief Joanna, of Bray, Berkshire, founded the charity Target Ovarian Cancer, to raise awareness of the disease. Joanna has been awarded an MBE for her services to people with cancer

In the first three years of its existence, the charity has already trained several thousand GPs to spot early signs of the disease and has established an all-party parliamentary group in the House of Commons.

The initial findings of Target Ovarian Cancer's 'Pathfinder Study' demonstrate that the UK has among the worst survival rates for the disease in Europe, which has not changed in 30 years.

The study was intended to benchmark progress on fighting ovarian cancer with that achieved in other forms of cancer and to raise awareness of the disease.

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