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Aston University student is new President of the British Pharmaceutical Students Association

29 June 2004

Aston University student is new President of the British Pharmaceutical Students Association

ASTON UNIVERSITY final year student James Wood is to take up the role of President of the British Pharmaceutical Student’s Association (BPSA) on the 1st July 2004 after being elected by fellow pharmacy students and delegates across Britain.

James, who graduates this July, has been actively involved in the BPSA – the only body that represents pharmacy students in the UK – throughout his undergraduate career at Aston, as well being President of the Aston Pharmacy Association. The aim of the association is to reflect and support student views and highlight issues relating to pharmacy students and the profession as a whole in the UK.

To gain the presidency James had to make a proposal and seconding speech and then take questions from the floor at the BPSA Annual Conference in April. Over 100 pharmacy delegates were involved in the voting.

His responsibilities will include implementation of the association policy, which is decided at the annual conference and at regional meetings, representing the BPSA on the education committee of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain (RSPGB) and ensuring that the association’s executive are working as a team and are fulfilling their duties. He will also act as spokesperson and representative of the association at events and conferences including the RPSGB annual conference – the biggest pharmacy event in Britain, and will represent the country at the European Pharmaceutical Student’s Association’s international congress, which will be held in Romania.

After graduation James will also be commencing his pre-registration year with Co-op Pharmacy Group in Huddersfield, and will undertake his voluntary work as President of the BPSA in his spare time.

He said: ‘I’ve wanted to be President of the BPSA for a long time as I feel I can give a lot to pharmacy students and the profession as a whole. It’s a pleasure and a privilege to be elected as the President of the BPSA, and I’m very excited about leading the association over the next year.’

Three other Aston University pharmacy students have also been voted onto the executive committee of the BPSA. Tejinder Bains will be the Western Area Co-ordinator; Richard Harrison, the graduate officer; and Gautam Paul, the secretary general.

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Written by Babs Coombes. For further information please contact me on 0121 204 4549 or email: b.a.l.coombes@aston.ac.uk

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