AOP applications open for student reps

First and second year students are encouraged to apply for the role in order to share the views of their peers and help shape student initiatives at the AOP

Eight student reps are gathered for a group photo – four are seated on a long blue sofa, and four stand behind

The AOP has opened applications for its next cohort of student representatives.

Applications are open for first and second year optometry students who are interested in representing the views of their peers to help shape the AOP’s support and services to meet the needs of student members.

Drawn from universities across the UK, the student representatives share the views and experiences of students with the AOP and help to develop new student-focused initiatives.

The student representative role also involves attending meetings and events throughout the year, contributing to AOP communications, social media, and OT, and representing the AOP.

The AOP suggested the role provides opportunities for connection and collaboration, with other student reps from universities across the country, the AOP teams, and with more experienced optometrists.

Student reps can gain insight into different aspects of the profession and career avenues, and work with AOP teams to “influence the direction of the profession.”

Successful candidates can also be considered for positions on the AOP Council in future.

Rita Davids, the AOP’s membership benefits officer, commented: “Students are the future of optometry, and their views and valuable insight will help shape the profession as a whole. AOP student representatives will act as the voice for their university and student cohorts, helping to create the support and services most relevant to them through their student journey.”

Students reps at 100% Optical
AOP student reps at 100% Optical 2024

The AOP described the role as: “A unique 12-month experience to enhance your CV with an opportunity to request an AOP reference to relay your skillset to potential future employers.”

Sharing his experiences for OT’s A to Optometry series, Habeeb Rahman, final year optometry student at the University of Bradford and AOP Councillor for undergraduate student optometrists, said: “Serving as a student representative and now a councillor at the AOP has been an enriching experience.”

“These roles have opened doors to invaluable networking opportunities with esteemed professionals in optometry,” he added.

Deepali Poojara, second year optometry student at the University of Central Lancashire, told OT: “I decided to apply because I know that the AOP is quite a hands-on organisation when it comes to providing advice, and I’ve read Optometry Today. It is nice to have a community that the majority of optometrists are part of.”

More information on becoming an AOP student rep can be found on the website.

Interested applicants should download and complete the AOP student representative application form and return it to Rita Davids by Friday 3 May 2024.