Student Clubs & Associations

Helping students make the most of their time at the ESO

ESO Student Association

The role of the Student Association (ESOSA) is to organise social events and help make the student experience at the ESO enjoyable. They aim to provide some much needed relief to a busy course and create opportunities for students of all years (especially new ones) to meet and have fun.

Over the years, the ESOSA have introduced a range of activities including a cinema club, games nights and quizes and the infamous Boxley Mud Run.  They also organise and play host to fellow osteopathic students who visit each year to compete in the Inter Collegiate Sports Day, co-sponsored by the Osteopathic Sports Care Association and Institute of Osteopathy.

Boxley House has its own temporary bar, which is run by the ESOSA for events throughout the term, from the Fresher’s and Halloween parties to the Christmas Revue.  ESOSA members are also on hand to welcome students visiting from our international partner schools.

Working alongside the ESOSA is the Student Sports & Social Club, an informal student group that aims to build the student community and bring everyone closer together through various activities suitable for all. The SSSC co-ordinates activities such as:-

  • ESO Climbing Club
  • dance classes
  • yoga and meditation sessions
  • boxing and martial arts practice
  • weekend trips and surfing breaks that are open to all

The SSSC provides input when sourcing new sports and leisure equipment for the Boxley Student Rooms.

Class Representatives

At the start of each year, students are invited to elect 2 of their fellow classmates to act as representatives.  The Class Reps’ main role is to facilitate communication between students and staff, providing channels for student feedback and offering support to individuals or groups of students where necessary. Reps are involved in the decision-making processes through membership of various committees. Working with the co-operation of the School’s faculty, staff and management, the aim is to continually improve the student experience at the ESO and make the four years of study as fulfilling and memorable as possible. As well as representing the student view, Class Reps are aware of the support mechanisms available at the School, so that they can help students in the first instance.

Barefoot Club

The Barefoot Club is an independent student society, which exists to invite graduated osteopaths and other experts of their field to share their experiences, insights and inspiration. The Barefoot Club was set up by students in 2011, to host talks or workshops on a variety of topics towards developing students’ personal and professional perspectives. Events are open to staff and students from all years; since 2021, online events have been opened up to students of other osteopathic schools and to recent graduates.

If you would like more information about the Club, or if you would like to offer your expertise as a speaker, please following this link.