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Edinburgh University Vice Principal Receives Honour from RCSEd

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27 Apr 2012


The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh recognised the achievements of the Vice Principal of the University of Edinburgh at a diploma ceremony held at the 500-year-old College on Friday 27 April 2012.

Vice Principal of the University of Edinburgh and Head of the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine, Professor Sir John Savill, was awarded the Honorary Fellowship of The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd) in recognition of his significant contributions to medicine within the UK and his supportive role in working with the Royal College to deliver a conjoint part-time, online Masters programme, the Edinburgh Surgical Sciences Qualification (ESSQ). The ESSQ is a distance e-learning programme aimed at supporting junior and advanced surgical trainees and running alongside their clinical training.

President of The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, Mr David Tolley said:

"The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh is delighted to have welcomed Professor Sir John Savill as an Honorary Fellow.  This award recognises his outstanding influence and contribution to UK medicine as well as his continued support which has spawned a fruitful partnership with the University of Edinburgh, resulting in the development of the highly successful Edinburgh Surgical Sciences Qualification.

"The ESSQ programme is now the most popular online Master of Science course offered by the University of Edinburgh and we are proud to be working in partnership with the University to deliver excellence in surgical education through this innovative programme.

"RCSEd has a long history of innovation and Sir John's contribution exemplifies this quality.  It was a great pleasure to present this award which marks Professor Sir John Savill's outstanding contributions in the field of medicine."

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