Association of Optometrists’

Case study

The Association of Optometrists’ (AOP) annual Student Eye Opener Conference returned to Center Parcs at the end of November. For a fourth consecutive year, the AOP’s popular two-day student conference was held at Longleat Forest and saw more than 250 delegates attend.

The event offers optometry undergraduates a taster of the different career options available to them in the optometric profession after qualification. It also incorporates educational and social activities, as well as the opportunity to speak to industry contacts. Experts from across the optical sector, along with representatives from four big high street employers, were on hand to answer students’ questions.

AOP Head of Professional Development, Karen Sparrow, said: “Center Parcs’ environment and wide range of facilities make it the ideal location for our annual student conference. The experience Center Parcs provides the students is key to the success of this popular conference and we look forward to returning this year.”

Balancing education with a fun social programme, students attended a full day of the conference before taking the opportunity to relax with peers from across the country at the Student Eye Ball gala dinner held in The Venue.

Following the conference close at lunchtime on Sunday, students were able to enjoy all the facilities at Longleat Forest before coaches arrived at Center Parcs to take them back to their respective universities across the UK.

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