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An update for applicants and new students

Our next steps in line with easing of lockdown restrictions

In line with Step 4 of the UK Government’s Roadmap out of lockdown, we are pleased to outline our response to lifting of restrictions. Please note that this update is aligned to UK Government advice and is subject to change, should the rate of Covid-19 infection increase and restrictions be re-imposed.

CEO Ian Fraser comments, “We are in a privileged position as healthcare providers and educators, which has allowed us to continue face-to-face contact with our students and to offer osteopathic care for patients, albeit with the addition of PPE and with essential measures in place. It is clear from student and patient feedback that this has been greatly appreciated during a very difficult period. As we plan for our own gradual easing of restrictions, we continue to act with care to ensure the continued safety of everyone involved with the ESO. At the same time, we are very much looking forward to a more relaxed and sociable spring and summer for all.”

From Monday 19th July 2021
  • Return of all students to onsite study
  • Social restrictions, such as the requirement to maintain a 2m social distance, lifted; an expectation remains that staff and students will limit close contact interactions with those they do not live with
  • No limit on outside activities but all encouraged to be mindful of the need to limit close contact interactions
  • Use of full PPE to continue when treating patients
  • As the Clinic is a healthcare setting and in line with healthcare setting guidance, masks to be worn at all times when indoors
  • Although not a requirement, staff and students encouraged to continue wearing a face mask when indoors at Boxley House; the ESO fully supports any member of staff or student who wishes to continue wearing a mask through personal choice.
  • All within our community to take responsibility for undertaking two lateral flow tests each week. Test kits available free of charge at Boxley and the Clinic (also easily obtainable from a local chemist or direct from UK Gov website.

Our Admissions team are happy to offer advice for individuals wishing to visit the ESO – please email We will, of course, continue to provide online support for those unable to travel at this time.

For the academic year commencing Monday 21st September 2020, new widespread measures were put in place to support the safety and well-being of all our students, staff and patients and to maintain a high quality educational and clinical experience.

We will provide a ‘Covid Secure’ working and learning environment. Students will have access to our campus and be able to study and engage with other students and staff, as well having the opportunity to learn and study online.

As part of our ‘Covid Secure’ risk assessment, we have implemented a number of processes and changes which include, but are not limited to:

Managing the physical space to support social distancing by:

  • Creating multiple ‘learning zones’ across the campus, identifying and transforming large spaces into areas featuring well-spaced tables with plastic dividing screens
  • Creating new library and study facilities at the Clinic
  • Providing regular socially distanced face-to-face tutorials, group work, clinical experience and access to specialist facilities
  • Implementing a revised timetabling system, thereby limiting the number of students on either site at any one time
  • Setting up carefully managed walking routes including one-way navigation
  • Introducing revised catering services to minimise queues and allow safe social eating
  • Providing free parking and bike racks

Managing the sites to reduce infection risks by:

  • Instigating a rigorous COVID-19 accredited cleansing programme throughout all teaching and clinic buildings
  • Providing PPE for staff and students in practical and clinic settings
  • Ensuring there are adequate additional sanitiser stations at the entrance and exit of all rooms
  • Increasing patient screening, hygiene and movement controls at the ESO Clinic
  • Managing Clinic sessions in accordance with sector guidance, with reduced group sizes and video link observation of treatments

Managing a high-quality learning and teaching experience by:

  • Making large cohort lectures available online
  • Providing additional online support materials to support face-to-face and practical learning

At the European School of Osteopathy, we are proud of our student-first approach, as well as our leadership in osteopathic education. It is our highest priority to ensure students are able to learn in a happy and safe environment, whilst experiencing the academic standards and extensive breadth of clinical knowledge and osteopathic approaches for which we are renowned.

On behalf of everyone at the ESO, please continue to stay safe. We understand these are different times and we would encourage you to contact a member of the ESO team with any concerns you may have. You can contact our Admissions Team here.

In line with the UK Government’s Roadmap out of lockdown, we are pleased to outline our plans to enable greater social interaction and to re-open our site facilities. Please be aware that these plans are dependent on government advice, which is aligned to continued progress and data at a national level.

Note: Throughout this period, students, staff and faculty will continue to have access to twice weekly on-site LFD tests and will be reminded to adhere to the ‘hands, face, space and letting fresh air in’ guidance. Pending anticipated lifting of restrictions in June 2021, facemasks will remain mandatory indoors and when socialising outdoors if 2m distancing cannot be maintained. Our Admissions team are happy to offer advice for individuals wishing to visit the ESO – please email We will, of course, continue to arrange online events for those unable to travel at this time.

12th April
  • Year 1 and Year 2 students will again be timetabled to attend clinic to observe patient interactions (via video link)
  • The Boxley House student gym will re-open, with a limit of 2 people at any one time
  • Outdoor sports permitted on-site, limited to groups of 6 people
27th May
  • The Boxley House student rooms will re-open, with a limit of 6 people at any one time
  • In person student events (such as the Barefoot club) may re-commence
  • Outdoor sports permitted on-site, limited to groups of 30 people