January is a busy time – exam season, reports operations manager Mat Stringer. We welcomed 210 students for ABDO (Association of British Dispensing Opticians) PQE (pre-qualification period) and contact lens (CL) practical exams.
Our operations assistant, Rebecca Jasper-Fellows, recruits real-life patients for both Dispensing Optician (DO) and CL students to measure and fit. People from the local community take part, as well as friends and families of NRC visitors. We are always on the look out for volunteers so please contact Rebecca if you are interested. Email email@example.com or Tel. 0121 752 7500.
The fourth floor was taken over for dispensing exams, including an admin area for the exams department. The fifth floor was used for CL exams in our 10 clinical bays, as well as an office and viva rooms for exam discussions.
Afterwards we took stock of exam kit, reset the centre and got ready for external meetings and events. We hosted ATS Euromaster, a tyre, MOT and vehicle services company, as well as Specsavers Hearingcare and Specsavers Pre-reg Academy. Find out how to book the NRC.
We had good news when international ophthalmic optics company Essilor renewed their sponsorship of our bean-to-cup coffee machines across both floors. All our guests can get free refreshments with premium blend coffee beans. We have hot chocolate and artisan teas too, using environmentally-friendly compostable cups.
We are also planning some more external events and meetings that we will talk about soon.