The mission is to be a European-centred, sustainable, world renowned educational consortium which is respected for its ability to provide advanced level study on the complex relationship between occupation, health and participation to benefit the individuals and diverse communities served by occupational therapists.
This will be achieved by offering a global perspective on contemporary healthcare and welfare, providing research-informed education in advanced theoretical and scientific studies. This will enable graduates to use evidence-based practices to improve the quality, safety and effectiveness of occupational therapy; to adopt a critical, evaluative approach to innovations; to be effective members of traditional multi-professional or citizen-led teams and able to develop national and international networks; to respect and accommodate inter-cultural differences; and strive to address occupational injustices. Such specialist, international education is vital to deliver local services which are inclusive and equitable.
The mission is enacted through ten values which have sustained the consortium and programme from the beginning.
1. We are committed to high quality in all aspects of our programme
2. We respect ethical standards
3. We value cultural diversity
4. We support students to achieve their potential
5. We value student choice in creating their learning experiences
6. We believe that students’ life and work experience enriches the programme
7. We are committed to partnership working
8. We respect academic discourse, listening and learning together
9. We believe in the power of occupation to contribute to health and well-being
10. We support students to use their advanced learning to benefit society
We use the following definition of Occupational therapy as the bases of our vision as this emphasizes the focus on enabling participation in occupation.
'Occupational therapy is a client-centred health profession concerned with promoting health and well being through occupation. The primary goal of occupational therapy is to enable people to participate in the activities of everyday life. Occupational therapists achieve this outcome by working with people and communities to enhance their ability to engage in the occupations they want to, need to, or are expected to do, or by modifying the occupation or the environment to better support their occupational engagement.' (WFOT 2012)