Aston University student nominated for national award

Jeffrey Clarke

5 November 2012

An Aston University student has reached the final stage of a prestigious national award in recognition of his contribution towards optics.

Jeffery Clarke a final year student from School of Life Health and Science (LHS) reached the final stages of the ‘Student of the year’ award from the Association of Optometrists (AOP).

The AOP ‘Student of the Year’ category recognises the work of students in promoting and expanding the role of optics.  

 Judges were impressed with his commitment towards promoting student participation in this field. This included,   attending numerous science networking events to raise awareness of Optometry, conferences and industry specific news. Using social media Jeffrey has also attracted more students to attend various social and fundraising events.

The Life Health and sciences student is also social secretary for the Aston Optics Society.

Jeffrey Clarke Aston University said: “I’m honoured to have been considered, let alone nominated, especially given the quality of the other nominees.”

“I am encouraged to see that this year, like last, two of the three nominees were Aston University students. I believe that this is likely due to the incredible faculty and student body that Aston has, whom have always been supportive of the numerous initiatives and events that students like myself want to hold.”

David Shannon, AOP Chairman said; "Last year we were delighted to bring you our first ever AOP Awards.  The response we had from the profession and optical sector was outstanding. We are proud to be able to offer a chance to celebrate the achievements of those people and organisations that give so much to the public, profession and sector. What makes these awards unique is that it is their colleagues, the readers of Optometry Today, the largest circulation optical journal in the UK that vote for the winners.

“This year like last, the standard of nominations across all categories was excellent. It was no easy task for the judges to pick the shortlist. Whether you emerge as a winner, or not, we congratulate you and the contribution you have made to quality eye care."

The AOP held its first ever Awards ceremony, last month at Birmingham’s, Hilton Metropole Hotel in October to celebrate the achievements of optometry professionals in UK


For further Media information please contact Eva Tabora, University Communications on 0121 204 4294

For further information please contact Jeffrey Clarke on 07910371113

Notes to Editors

Association of Optometrists
Formed in 1946, the Association of Optometrists (AOP) represents individual optometrists in negotiations with government and other organisations. It also promotes the profession and development of high professional and clinical standards.

Find out more: www.aop.org.uk 

Optometrists are eye health professionals and the services they provide are far wider than a simple test to determine whether spectacles or contact lenses are required to correct vision.

Dispensing opticians dispense, fit and supply spectacles; some also undergo additional training and certification to fit contact lenses.

A sight test is not just about getting a pair of glasses – it is a vital health check for your eyes. A sight test includes (by regulation) a number of other health tests. Many conditions can be detected, including: glaucoma, cataract, diabetes, age-related macular degeneration - the most common cause of blindness in the UK - some forms of cancer, as well as other conditions not usually associated with eyes, such as high blood pressure and brain tumours.

AOP Awards

For more information on the AOP Awards, including details of all the shortlisted nominees, please visit the website www.optometry.co.uk/awards