City optometrist first ever student member of professional council
Shivani Madhavji, a second-year optometry student at City, has been appointed the first-ever Student Representative on the British Contact Lens Association (BCLA) Council.
Shivani will officially join the BCLA Council at its AGM in Manchester on Friday 7 June and remain in the role until May 2014 and will attend the Council's next meeting in London on 17 April as an observer.
The BCLA came into existence more than 30 years ago when four of the major bodies in the UK concerned with the then relatively specialised practice of contact lenses merged. The Association has grown from just a handful of members to more than 2,000. They aim to maintain channels of communication between research scientists, manufacturers, industry personnel, optometrists, dispensing opticians, ophthalmologists and the public.
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."
Judith Morris, Senior Lecturer in Contact Lens Education at City, said: "Having been associated with the British Contact Lens Association (BCLA) for most of my professional life I am very pleased that this first Student Rep appointment should be given to a City student.
"Shivani is a very good choice; as I think she will interact well with the BCLA Council and definitely help them to decide how to encourage student interest in the moving field of Contact Lenses."