The Principal of the British College of Osteopathic Medicine (BCOM), Dr Ian Drysdale, has announced that he is retiring after 24 years in the post.
During his 24 years of outstanding leadership Dr Drysdale has continued to uphold the quality and profile of the College with BCOM being the only UK osteopathic institution to be twice awarded Recognised Qualification status "approval without conditions" from the QAA RQ report for quality in osteopathic education.
Dr Drysdale started lecturing at the college, then the British College of Naturopathy and Osteopathy (BCNO), in 1971 and progressed from part-time to full-time lecturer and practitioner, to Vice-Dean, to Dean of Academic Studies and in 1990 to full-time Principal. He has been committed to maintaining and furthering high academic and clinical standards in Naturopathy and Osteopathy and believes that Continuing Postgraduate Development and Research are essential to the long term success of these disciplines.
He has lectured Anatomy and Physiology to BCOM students as well as guest lecturing at various other institutions in the UK and overseas. He has been involved in all BCOM degree validations and GOsC RQ events as well as acting as an External Advisor on university validation panels for degrees other than osteopathy. As well as his administrative and academic responsibilities he has been actively involved in research and the supervision of PhD students.
In 1999 Dr Drysdale founded the International Conference on Advances in Osteopathic Research (ICAOR) as part of BCOM’s commitment to research. ICAOR has become a global event since its launch and has been hosted in Australia, the USA and Europe. ICAOR 10 will be held in Brazil later this year.
Dr Drysdale will take up the position of Director of Academic Partnerships and Research (DAPR) which will allow him to continue to support the College, the Acting Principal Dr Kerstin Rolfe and the Senior Management Group. Dr Drysdale said: “I have made many friends at the College, both on Faculty and staff and with graduating students, and I am delighted that I shall be able to continue with a role at the College.”