Welcome to the Occupational Therapy Society at UWE Bristol!

National Societies Awards: Highly Commended in the category of Best Academic and Careers Society 2016-17

UWE Students' Union Society Awards: Winner of Academic Society of the Year 2015-16 and 2016-17

UWE Students' Union Society Awards: Winner of Event of the Year 2016-17


In April 2014 some dedicated 3rd-year students launched the UWE Occupational Therapy Society. Since then we've gone from strength to strength, putting on loads of great events and resulting in us winning multiple awards.

By joining the Occupational Therapy Society you'll get the chance to socialise across all 3 cohorts and attend a variety of events and talks to enhance your occupational therapy studies.  Join us, get involved, and have fun!

We've got loads of exciting stuff planned for next year, here's a taster of what we got up to last year. 

Here's a selection of our previous events

The Occupational Therapy Society committee with Dr Jennifer Creek

who kindly gave the society a talk on occupational therapy at the cutting edge of health care in January 2017.


Glenfest BBQ - we organised a campus-wide end of year social including BBQ, bar, and rounders.


Trip to Naidex - get your OT-geek on at the biggest disability trade show of the year at the NEC

Death Cafe - bringing this taboo subject into the light over tea and cake


Membership Benefits

Member exclusive events

Discounted entry to paid events (but you can attend lots of our events for free)

Priority notice and access to tickets for events

Loads of CPD opportunities.


Awards and accolades


  • National Societies Awards
    • Highly Commended in the category of Best Academic and Careers Society
  • UWE Bristol Students' Union:
    • Winner
      • Academic Society of the Year
      • Event of the Year - GlenFest (end of year celebration party)
    • Runner Up
      • Society of the Year
        • Member of the Year – Bob Clawley (President of the Occupational Therapy Society)
    • Shortlisted
      • Most Improved Society
      • Volunteering Project of the Year - World Occupational Therapy Day
      • Greener Futures Shield


  • Winner of the UWE Bristol Students' Union 'Academic Society of the Year' 
  • Shortlisted for UWE Bristol Students' Union 'Trip of the Year 2015/16' for our trip to The OT Show
  • We also featured in:
    • The national magazine OT News (2016) University society wins award from students' union. England: College of Occupational Therapists. 24 (9) p. 55.
    • College of Occupational Therapists South West Region Newsletter. Issue 2, July 2016.


  • Runner Up for the UWE Bristol Students' Union'Academic Society of the Year'



Our aims:

1.     To develop closer links between the three cohorts 

2.     To enhance the learning experience of occupational therapy students at UWE, by

          - arranging guest speakers, workshops, and events

          - developing links with potential employers

          - creating a stronger link with the Royal College of Occupational Therapists

          - accessing funding to attend conferences, shows, and exhibitions

3.     To facilitate volunteering opportunities for our student members.

4.     To link with prospective Occupational Therapy students through local colleges/schools

5.     To hold social events

6.     To fundraise for all of the above – and anything else we decide to do!


The committee members for 2017-18 are:




   Bob Clawley - President



 Rhi Carter - Vice President

 Anna Tinley - Treasurer

 Natalie Salis - Participation & Equality Officer

 Seren Hughes - Media & Publicity Officer

 Lesley Carlisle - Committee Member

 Edit Antal-Richards - Committee Member

 Natasha Waite - Committee Member

 Rhiannon Guyon - Committee Member

 Philippa Anderson - Committee Member

 Polly Hallet - Committee Member

 Lal Sivil - Committee Member

Please contact us if you have any questions or ideas - it's your society!