The British Contact Lens Association (BCLA) has appointed nine new student ambassadors, a role it hopes will help raise the profile of contact lenses with optometry students across the UK and Ireland.
Representing nine universities across the UK and Ireland ambassadors will be responsible for ensuring their peers know to take advantage of student membership with the professional body.
The ambassadors are: Anisha Visana (Anglia Ruskin), Inderpreet Uppal (Aston), Radhika Chauhari (Bradford), Sophie Worsman (Cardiff), Prianna Gandhi (City), Lucie Jones (Dublin), Ali Jiwa (Manchester), Rebecca Thomas (Plymouth) and Ruth Irwin (Ulster).
Optometrist Andrew Elder-Smith, who co-ordinates the ambassador scheme, said: “One of the BCLA’s key objectives of introducing the student ambassador programme in 2015 was to allow us to gain a better understanding of students’ needs and how we can help them develop at this very early stage of their career.”
He added: “We are delighted to welcome our new intake of BCLA student ambassadors and we look forward to working closely with them in the future.”
The BCLA is currently seeking to recruit an ambassador for Glasgow Caledonian University.