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To celebrate #InternationalWomensDay our professional development journal, Acuity, spoke with Professor Shahina Pardhan MCOptom, the first female Professor of Optometry in the UK, on how her experience can help other women in research. Read more below 👀 ----------------------------------------------------Founding director of the Vision and Eye Research Institute at the School of Medicine, Anglia Ruskin University, Shahina Pardhan has been the trailblazer for women in the vision research community. She is the recipient of the first Ismaili Award for Excellence (1992, for outstanding academic achievement), an Asian Women of Achievement Award (2001), and an Asian Jewel Award (2005, in healthcare and education). But perhaps more powerful than any award is her life experience. At 18, Shahina moved to Yorkshire from Tanzania and went on to graduate with a first-class degree in optometry from the University of Bradford. After receiving a scholarship from the College of Optometrists, she completed her doctorate in 1989. She joined the University of Bradford in 1994 where she was its only Asian female lecturer, and became the first woman to be appointed Professor of Optometry, at Anglia Ruskin University. In 2001, only 1.3 per cent of all professors in the UK were women from black and ethnic minority backgrounds. Read more about her journey - link in bio. #MCOptom #collegeofoptometrists #womensday #angliaruskinuniversity #universityofbradford #eyehealth #eyecare #professionalbody #optometry #optometrist #healthcare #womeninresearch #research #vision

As part of #InternationalWomensDay we're celebrating achievements across the university. Anglia Law School have created a web page dedicated to celebrating the success of #WomeninLaw. Take a look at some of the fantastic case studies and blogs including the appointment of our new Law Clinic Director, Sarah Calder and the recent achievements of Briony Clarke, a graduate of the Law School who has become the youngest woman in the UK ever to be sworn in as a judge #ARUProud