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26 October 2012
A Cardiff University student has been presented with a national award in recognition of his commitment to promoting optometry.
Jason Searle, a third year student in the School of Optometry and Vision Sciences, was named Student of the Year by the Association of Optometrists (AOP) for his work to generate interest in his subject.
It was during his first year at University that Jason started his own website discussing life as an optometry student. His writing was quickly picked up by the AOP who asked him to write their official student blog.
Jason now blogs and tweets on a regular basis about his studies and has engaged with fellow students in universities across the UK.
Commenting on his award Jason said: "I can’t express my gratitude to whoever nominated me for this award – it makes me feel very humble.
"I enjoy my subject and I just hope that I manage to spread interest and enthusiasm that helps to keep people motivated."
AOP Chairman, David Shannon, added: "The AOP are proud to be celebrating the achievements of those people and organisations that give so much to the profession and sector. What makes these awards unique is that it is their peers, the readers of Optometry Today that vote for the winners."
Also shortlisted for awards were Dr Margaret Woodhouse, a lecturer in special needs optometry and the Wales Optometry Postgraduate Education Centre – the first Postgraduate Education Centre for Optometry in the world, also based in the School.
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