The Princess Royal was in Northern Ireland today visiting the Jordanstown campus at the University of Ulster.
The visit was to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the University of Ulster’s occupational therapy education program. The program is the only one of its kind in Northern Ireland that provides a degree level occupational therapy program.
Upon her arrival in Northern Ireland, the Princess was welcomed by Lord Lieutenant of County Antrim, Joan Christie.
Whilst at the University, she was joined by Theresa Villiers MP, the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland. They viewed a demonstration that highlighted the University’s work in occupational therapy and areas of research. Anne also met with students and staff along with various charities, businesses, community and volunteer associations that have been assisted by University researchers.
“I am delighted once again to welcome HRH The Princess Royal on her third visit to the University of Ulster. As in her previous visits, she showed great interest in and enthusiasm for our work. We are at the forefront of teaching and research in occupational therapy, and I am pleased that we were able to showcase these important aspects of our activity,” Professor Richard Barnett, The Vice-Chancellor, commented in the University press release.
“The visit of HRH The Princess Royal visit is a momentous occasion for staff and students and recognises the strong partnerships between the University and its local community,” Chief Executive, College of Occupational Therapists, Julia Scott commented.
Since 1987, Princess Anne has been Patron of the College of Occupational Therapists. The COT is the United Kingdom’s professional body for occupational therapists.
Anne is also patron of over 200 charities and organisations.