The British School of Osteopathy (BSO) celebrated its centenary last Thursday with a special drinks reception hosted by the schools patron, HRH The Princess Royal.
The event, which was held at St James’s Palace, was attended by current and former staff and students of the school, key supporters and sponsors, and notable individuals from the osteopathic profession.
Guests attended from around the world and included representatives from osteopathic schools and organisations in the UK and abroad, former English ballet dancer Dame Beryl Grey DBE, Lord Clement-Jones CBE and Dr Alan Diamond OBE, whose charitable trust, The Alan & Sheila Diamond Charitable Trust, kindly sponsored the event.
Charles Hunt, Principal of the BSO, said of the occasion: “We are very proud of the role the BSO has played in the development and recognition of osteopathy over the past 100 years. The school has recently become the only osteopathic institution in Europe granted the ability to award its own degrees, and has also been designated for funding by government, recognising us as a quality provider. This new status will take us, with confidence, into the next 100 years and I thank everyone who has played a part in our journey.”
Since its foundation in 1917 by John Martin Littlejohn, the BSO has grown from a small school offering professional training to a leading provider of evidence-informed osteopathic education, research and health care, supporting thousands of students in the pursuit and development of their osteopathic careers, and making a difference to tens of thousands of patients~though its clinics.
The BSO has also recently become the first osteopathic school to be granted taught degree awarding powers, and will be issuing its own degrees to graduating students for the first time this year.
Princess Anne became patron on the school in 1984 and has played an active role ever since, attending every graduation ceremony for over 20 years. As last night’s event she praised the work of the BSO before chatting to guests.
The BSO will be continuing its centenary celebrations throughout the year with a number of special events, including a centenary ball and an education conference. Find out more.
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