Success for Bradford contact lens students

Lecturer Robin Rohu congratulates Adam Robson

Bradford College has announced that Contact Lens Certificate students have achieved success in recent practical exams despite the significant challenges that Covid placed in the way of their professional development.

Robin Rohu, lecturer on the Contact Lens Certificate at Bradford College, explained: “The last two years has been challenging for students across the country. We are extremely proud of our students results.”

Newly qualified contact lens optician (CLO), Adam Robson, works at Specsavers Wakefield – and completed the programme in 18 months passing all examinations at the first attempt.

Adam commented: ‘The teaching team at Bradford college are incredible. They support you throughout the programme and really prepare you for your exams. The practical workshops are really helpful; you can learn and practise on equipment that you might not yet have access to in store. Their help combined with the support of my store director meant I was ready to take – and ultimately pass – my exams.”

Mandip Rehal, who is the optometrist director of Specsavers Wakefield, added: “We try in store to adopt a culture that creates opportunity to develop, grow, and realise your potential. Wakefield is a large practice, there is a wealth of experience within the team are we are so supportive of each other. Adam has been in this fortunate position to have been given clinic time very early into his training and have access to a large support network of professionals that mentored him including our contact lens optician, our pre-registration supervisor, and myself. If the individual has the tenacity and hunger to succeed the support network around them is vast.”

Newly qualified CLO, Phil Waller, commented: “My experience at Bradford College was very positive, which was due to the quality of teaching by Dean and Rob. Studying during the national lockdown was difficult but we had access to the relevant materials via the online portal and through online lectures; both Dean and Rob were always just an email or text away. Nothing ever felt like it was too much trouble and their help throughout the course, as well as in preparation for exams, has been invaluable.”

Dean Dunning, programme leader of the Contact Lens Certificate at Bradford College, added: “Here at Bradford College we are immensely proud of all of our Contact Lens students who have be practising in extremely difficult circumstances since Covid restrictions have been in place. To balance their studies and clinical practice in these challenging times has taken a huge effort on their part. Achieving the success that they have had deserves a great deal of credit, and I can only see successful careers ahead for them.”

Zainab Himdan, head of school for ophthalmic dispensing at Bradford College, explained: “The college has continued to innovate and invest more into its programmes. I am very proud of our students results and the effort and leadership our staff has demonstrated navigating through all the challenges we have faced during the pandemic.”

Anyone interested in obtaining information about the Contact Lens Certificate at Bradford College can email programme leader Dean Dunning at