The GOsC has agreed to co-fund research looking at experiences of underrepresented groups of osteopathic students during their training.

GOsC said “the research will explore and describe the educational experiences of minority groups within their osteopathic educational providers.

“It will present recommendations to enhance awareness of the barriers to equality and diversity and improve student experience and attainment, as well as the challenges faced by students in underrepresented groups across the profession and educational providers”.

Dr Bill Gunnyeon, Chair of GOsC Council, said:

“We are very pleased to be able to help fund this important piece of research as a part of our ongoing commitment to improving Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI). Inclusivity in undergraduate osteopathic education is an important focus for Council and we look forward to the outcome of this research and to considering how it might help shape our future regulatory approach”.

GOsC is funding the research alongside the University College of Osteopathy (UCO), and the professional membership body, the Institute of Osteopathy.  It will be split over four phases beginning in September and concluding in October 2022.

The results will be shared with the osteopathic educational providers, professional organisations and the profession.

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