The British Contact Lens Association (BCLA) has appointed its first-ever Student Representative on the BCLA Council.
Shivani Madhavji, a second-year optometry student at City University, London, will officially join the BCLA Council at its AGM in Manchester on Friday 7 June and remain in the role until May 2014. She will attend the Council’s next meeting in London on 17 April as an observer.
BCLA President, Dr Catharine Chisholm, commented: “We are delighted to be welcoming Shivani onto the BCLA Council as our first Student Rep. This is an important role, and we will be working closely with Shivani to encourage greater student participation within the BCLA.
“The BCLA offers undergraduate students, pre-registration optometrists and trainee contact lens opticians a host of free and discounted resources to help them on their way to becoming successful contact lens practitioners – but we feel these are sometimes under-utilised,” continued Catharine.
“We hope Shivani will help us to raise awareness of all the fantastic benefits that BCLA student membership offers – and full BCLA membership going forwards.”
Shivani said: “I’m really looking forward to representing my fellow students on the BCLA Council, and passing on my enthusiasm and passion for everything about contact lenses and the anterior eye. Being the link between the BCLA and students is a very exciting opportunity.”