Stand out - become a student rep

Do you have ideas for how we could better protect, support, and represent student optometrists? Become your university’s AOP student representative and help make them happen

Being able to meet students from other universities and having the opportunity to network has been so beneficial and insightful. Huda Hathaf, Cardiff University


If you’re passionate about your studies and future career, and proactive about changing things for the better then becoming an AOP student rep is perfect for you.

Applications are welcome from students who are currently in their first or second year of study. You can read more about how past student representatives have found the experience.

What’s involved?

As one of 15 student representatives your role will be to:

  • Share your fellow students’ views and experiences with us, to help develop new AOP student initiatives
  • Be the face and voice of your university by contributing to our member communications, social media, and award-winning journal, Optometry Today
  • Attend and contribute to five meetings or events during the year (online or face-to-face)
  • Represent the AOP’s passion and dedication to improving optometry
  • You may already be involved in your OPSOC or standing for committee

What do we offer our student reps?

  • A network of 14 other AOP student reps from across the UK to collaborate with and share ideas
  • Invitations to a variety of innovative and exciting events, with the opportunity for public speaking if desired
  • Opportunities to learn from more experienced optometrists, and work with AOP teams to influence the direction of the profession
  • Insight into different aspects of the profession and different career avenues
  • Successful candidates could also be considered for future positions on the AOP Council
  • A unique 12-month experience to enhance your CV

If you have any questions please email [email protected]


I have loved meeting other students from other uni's. Also hearing more about the AOP on a more personal level. It has been great providing my views/thoughts and having them being heard :) Ameena Qureshi, University West of England