Significant drop in student retention removals
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Significant drop in student retention removals

Removals webThis September we removed 217 students from our registers for failing to renew their registration for 2011-12.

The number represents a significant drop in the number of student optometrists and dispensing opticians failing to meet the 31 August late application deadline. At the same time last year, we removed 386 students from our registers.

GOC chief executive and registrar Samantha Peters was pleased with this year’s positive response to this deadline: “We are delighted that so many more students renewed their registration on time this year. However, the impact for those who have been removed from the registers is serious.

“Unregistered students are now unable to continue their course until they have restored to the registers – at extra cost. They cannot sit exams, nor take part in clinical training, and we will continue to work closely with all training institutions to ensure that only registered students are taking part in their courses.”

Students who have been removed and intend to continue with their course must apply to have their name restored to the registers before the new term starts. To do this, they must submit a completed restoration form, and pay a total of £40 – double the basic £20 retention fee. This must be done by post, and cannot be completed online.

Application forms and further information are available from the GOC website. The registration team can also be contacted on 020 7580 3898 (option 1) or email


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