AOP extends student conference to third years

Booking is open for the AOP’s popular student conference, which this year introduces a specialised track for third-year undergraduates


The AOP has extended its popular student conference to include an educational track that is suitable for third-year undergraduates.

Welcoming both second and third year optometry undergraduates to the two-day conference, the annual event offers students the opportunity to meet with representatives from key organisations within the profession and from multiples, as well as gain career advice and insight into the pre-reg year.

This year the two-day conference takes place on 26–27 November at Warwick Conferences.

Highlights on the second-year track include lectures on the different career options available on qualification, a talk from the AOP’s legal department on How to stay on the right side of the law and careers advice on CV building and interview tips.

In addition, a representative from the College of Optometrists will discuss the Objective Structured Clinical Examination and a pre-reg optometrist will take to the stage to share their first-hand experiences of the final steps to qualification.

New this year is a programme designed specifically for third-year undergraduates. Key lectures will include advice on employment law, as well as talks on surviving Stage 1 and Stage 2 visits of the Scheme for Registration from the perspectives of both a pre-reg and an assessor.

Third-year delegates will also have the opportunity to take part in a peer discussion session and a series of four clinical skills masterclasses.

Always popular with those who attend is the Saturday evening’s three-course gala dinner, which provides students with the opportunity to meet and network with their peers. The evening will also feature the AOP Film and Television Awards (AFTA) prize-giving.

Tickets cost £129 and includes accommodation, meals, and door-to-door transport from each university to the conference, as well as the gala dinner.

For more information and to book, visit the AOP website.