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GOC warns, 'student retention deadline fast approaching'

15 May 2008

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The GOC today warned all registered students that only eight weeks remain until the 15 July retention deadline. Optometry and dispensing optics students must complete and return their retention form, together with £20 payment, if they are to stay on the registers for the 2008/9 academic year.

Retention forms were posted out to all optometry and dispensing optics students last month. To date, only 19 per cent of applications have been received, leaving 3,491 students in danger of being removed on 1 September.

Dian Taylor, Deputy Registrar and Director of Education, stressed: “GOC registration should not be taken lightly – it is a legal requirement and is crucial to patients’ protection and wellbeing. Our advice to students is to act now: getting your application in before the summer break could save a lot of worry later.”

Students who are not registered may be excluded from clinical training and examinations. The GOC may not recognise the qualifications of applicants for full registration who were not registered for all or part of their training.

Any students who have not received their application form should contact the registration team on 020 7580 3898 (option 1) to update their contact details. Or alternatively email superinfo@optical.org. Forms are also available to download from the GOC website.

Students who pay now but decide not continue with their course in September will receive a full refund.

ENDS

For further information please contact:
Clare Millington
Communications Officer
General Optical Council
t: 020 7307 3473
e: cmillington@optical.org

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