Emily, who studied Biology, Chemistry and Maths at Greenhead College from 2014 to 2016 before pursuing Optometry at the University of Manchester, has been announced as the winner in the Student of the Year category in the AOP Awards 2020, which is organised by the Association of Optometrists (AOP).
Emily’s award recognises her hard-work and dedication to Optometry. In her second year she was the Opsoc President where she organised study and support sessions for first year students. She is also currently the British Contact Lens Association (BCLA) representative and a Senior Student Ambassador for the university. Passionate about volunteering, Emily spends her spare time taking groups of people with disabilities on fun days out. She says:
“It’s a great way to meet new people, gain new skills and find out things about yourself. It’ll help you meet people from so many different backgrounds which will help you in your profession and beyond!”
Speaking about her award win, Emily commented:
“Winning this award proves that hard work really does pay off. It is not only my award, but an award for absolutely everyone in optometry at the University of Manchester because they are so amazing and inspiring. It’s a real honour being a representative for them and a highlight of my university journey so far, and hopefully inspires other student optometrists to get out there and give everything their best shot.”
The Awards, now in its ninth year, recognises the highest levels of achievement in UK optics. The Student of the Year accolade recognises an optometry student, dispensing optician student or pre-registration optometrist who can demonstrate initiative and drive to improve their fellow students’ participation in, and awareness of, optical issues.
AOP Chief Executive, Henrietta Alderman commented:
“The AOP Awards shines a spotlight on the extraordinary individuals and teams who are propelling the profession forward with their knowledge, expertise, dedication and passion. This year is no different – with all the winners, and indeed finalists, giving an impressive account for optometry, I wish them every success in the future.”