April 2018 Founders Update

Dear Fellow Chiropractor, Founder and Supporter

The first three months of 2018 have seen a great deal of progress in our wish to bring to reality a new principled chiropractic degree programme in Scotland. A great thanks goes to Melissa Sandford and her team at the Alliance of UK Chiropractors for the opportunity to share our progress with attendees at the recent conference in London.

Scotland College of Chiropractic Board work towards University Validation

In early March, chiropractors Ross McDonald (Chairman of the Scottish College of Chiropractic Trust Board) and David Russell met in London to discuss the validation process for the Scotland College of Chiropractic. This historic meeting was an important move forward for the Board of Trustees in planning to meet those deadlines in order that the proposed chiropractic degree at the Scotland College of Chiropractic can be validated.

Ross said “Validation is an essential part of being able to gain accreditation and establish the College. The process of validating the programme involves development of the policies and procedures to govern the College, development of the curriculum, the identification and procurement of appropriate resources including finding premises to house the College, and identifying faculty and staff to deliver the course. There will be many ways in which members of the profession will be able to support this process.”

David, a member of the Scotland College of Chiropractic Trust Board, commented that “This is a very exciting time in the history of the College. While there is a great deal of work to do, we have already completed some action steps and have some in progress so we are in good shape for meeting the milestones required for university validation.”

A timeline has been set to support the expected opening of the College in September 2019. Ross went on to say “One area that we really need support is in ongoing financial support from the profession. Establishing the College is a costly exercise and we cannot attract students until we have a validated and approved programme”.

If you would like to make a further contribution, an ongoing monthly or annual contribution or know of someone who you feel would like to support the development of the College in Scotland, please visit www.scotlandcollegechiro.co.uk  or contact Ross McDonald directly at
ross@scotlandcollegechirotrust.co.uk . The Scotland College of Chiropractic Charitable Trust is a registered charity in Scotland (SC046041) and donations qualify for Gift Aid in the UK. It is also registered as a Charity through CAF America and CAF Canada.

Next Steps….
Now that the Board has embarked on the process of validation, there are several ways in which you can contribute to the development of the college….

Funds – as noted, ongoing financial commitments are required in order for the college to open. Contributions can come through direct donations, fundraising events, legacies…. If you have a fundraising idea, please get in touch!

– do you regularly purchase chiropractic books? Could you purchase two and donate one to the SCC library? We are looking to grow and develop our learning resources for our students for our student library.

– do you have a further educational interest in some aspect of chiropractic and wish to teach at the SCC when it opens? Please get in touch and we can discuss further what role you could play in the college.

The Edinburgh Lectures and 2nd Annual Founders’ Dinner – June 8th to 10th 2018 – www.chiropracticlectures.com

The main fundraising event for the Scotland College of Chiropractic, this year’s event takes place on the weekend of June 8-10 2018. Featuring 13 world class speakers including Heidi Haavik, Brad Glowaki and Martin Harvey this 13th edition of the conference is designed to inspire, empower and educate chiropractors and their teams. Supersaver rate finishes on the 30th March. Please visit www.chiropracticlectures.com for more information and to register and support your chiropractic legacy.

The Annual Founders’ Dinner will take place on Friday 8th June. We will have two world class speakers as well as great food and fine wine with our friends and colleagues. To register for the Founders’ Dinner, please contact Ross on ross@scotlandcollegechirotrust.co.uk .

Thank-you for your support and persistence – together our dream of a principled chiropractic college will become a reality.

Yours in Chiropractic


Ross McDonald, DC
Chair, The Scotland College of Chiropractic Charitable Trust