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Margaret Grant MBE Honorary Degree

  • Posted on Jun 21, 2018

The founder of the Brittle Bone Society, Margaret Grant MBE, was awarded an honorary degree from the University of Dundee on Wednesday 20th June 2018. Accepting the award on her behalf was her daughter and charity trustee Yvonne Grant, who donned robes and signed the honorary degree ledger as part of the ceremony.

Recognition on such a large scale for any charity is significant, yet to be awarded an honorary degree in the very city where the charity began fifty years ago was an incredibly proud moment for the Brittle Bone Society. Margaret was honoured alongside several others by the University of Dundee, placing her on a platform with world-famous architects and musicians alike, where she was truly acknowledged for her altruistic efforts to help those affected by Osteogenesis Imperfecta.

Also in attendance at the ceremony was proud husband David Grant, and Brittle Bone Society CEO Patricia Osborne who said,

“We are grateful to everyone at the University of Dundee for making this happen, to Professor Margaret Smith and to Karen Tosh Lecturer in Nursing & health sciences to Principle and Vice-Chancellor Sir Pete Downes and his wife Dr Elizabeth Downes, to all the academics who supported Margaret Grant in achieving this outstanding award of Honorary Degree Dr of Laws, and also to Shabna who took special VIP care of us and the taxi driver who was incredibly considerate and very punctual. Everyone whom we met on the Graduation day were so interested in the work of the Brittle Bone Society and couldn’t have been more hospitable. I was honoured to attend the celebrations on the day, and share with Yvonne and Margaret’s husband David. The family were impressed with every part of this wonderful experience and so from all in the ‘Grant’ party of guests, including family friend Nobby Clark – we wanted to thank the University of Dundee for making a special day so memorable.”

If you have any memories of how the Brittle Bone Society has helped you over the past fifty years, we would love to hear from you. We are collecting items of historical significance to the charity for our upcoming History Bones exhibition, and anything you might be able to lend us would be gratefully received. Please email us at if you want to get involved!