QMYOU Alumni Magazine Issue 76 - Page 5

Princess Royal’s 75 years visit marks of Occupational Therapy education in Scotland Professor Averil Stewart awards Rocco Angarola Q Princess Royal watches student demonstrations in the Occupational Performance Room Princess Royal talks with OT students MU was delighted to receive an official visit from Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal on 18th January this year. The occasion marked 75 years of occupational therapy education in Scotland and celebrated the contribution made by occupational therapists to service users and clients, communities, organisations, and society. The Princess Royal has been Patron of the College of Occupational Therapists, the UK’s professional body for occupational therapists, since 1987. The celebratory event was hosted by both the College of Occupational Therapists and QMU. The visit provided The Princess Royal with the opportunity to meet the University’s undergraduate and postgraduate occupational therapy students. Graduates and staff who had made a significant contribution to the profession and to the development of occupational therapy locally, nationally, and internationally, also took part. The Princess Royal also opened the Occupational Performance Room which is a simulated suite where students can practise the skills of active daily living. The Princess then met university researchers who showcased some of their innovative developments and demonstrated their impact on services. The event brought together a range of Scottish educationalists; MSPs and local policy makers and influencers; university and college representatives; partners a nd supporters; and students, staff and graduates. The day was great fun for all concerned and the Royal visit was concluded with a celebratory reception involving 450 people. ❒ Linda Renton, Professional Lead in Occupational Therapy at QMU, explained: “Occupational therapists have been educated in Edinburgh since 1937 and since then, Scotland has been at the forefront of the profession’s education and practice.  “This was the third occasion The Princess Royal has visited QMU and we were delighted that she continues to take such an active interest in the development of the profession in Scotland, which has produced so many excellent occupational therapists over the past 75 years”. Julia Scott, Chief Executive of the College of Occupational Therapists, said: “QMU is an exemplary educator and an excellent training ground for a successful career in occupational therapy. They have spent many years training, nurturing and preparing students to excel in their new career, and become the future leaders of our profession. Their contribution to the occupational therapy workforce has been outstanding.” The event also saw Professor Emeritus Averil Stewart, the first professor of occupational therapy in the UK and former Head of Occupational Therapy at QMU, present the first inaugural Professor Stewart International Award to QMU OT graduate, Rocco Angarola. QMYOU / Royal Visit 5