01 February 2020 by Sameena Farooq
City, University of London Optometry lecturer and Harpenden based community Optometrist, Dr Rakhee Shah, wins AOP Lecturer of the Year Award 2020
Dr Rakhee Shah has been announced winner in the category, Lecturer of the Year, at the AOP Awards 2020, which is organised by the Association of Optometrists (AOP).
Dr Shah is a a lecturer and researcher at the Division of Optometry and Visual Sciences at City, University of London, and also works in independent practice at 20/20 Eyecare, Harpenden.
Reflecting on her achievement, and the lead up to it, Dr Shah said:
“I am eternally grateful to everyone who has voted for me. Thank you to all the students past and present who I have taught and learnt from and to my family, friends and colleagues for their ongoing support and encouragement. The journey from the nomination to being shortlisted has allowed me to reflect on my purpose for taking on this career path. Winning this award is a great accolade highlighting my commitment to serve and give something back to the profession that got me here.”
The AOP Awards, now in its ninth year, recognises the highest levels of achievement in UK optics. The Lecturer of the Year accolade recognises a commitment to teaching that inspires clinical excellence among students. The award goes to those who demonstrate dynamic and informative teaching methods. Showing great pastoral care, in addition to academic inspiration, winners will have a lasting positive impact on students.
Commenting on Dr Shah’s achievement, Lesley Connors and all ladies at 20/20 Eyecare, said:
“How proud of Rakhee’s achievement and accomplishment we all are. It is nice to see Rakhee being recognised in the same light that we view her everyday. This is a great start to 2020!!”
AOP Chief Executive, Henrietta Alderman commented: “The AOP Awards shines a spotlight on the extraordinary individuals and teams who are propelling the profession forward with their knowledge, expertise, dedication and passion. This year is no different – with all the winners, and indeed finalists, giving an impressive account for optometry, I wish them every success in the future.”
The winners of the AOP Awards 2020 were announced on 26 January at a national awards ceremony in London.
View the full list of winners on the AOP’s Awards pages: www.aop.org.uk/awards.