GCU optometry student named Student of the Year

23 November 2015

Karl Aberdeen of CooperVision with Romana and GCUs Dr Ian Pearce

Karl Aberdeen of CooperVision with Romana and GCUs Dr Ian Pearce

Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) undergraduate student Romana Khaliq has been named Student of the Year 2015 by contact lens manufacturer CooperVision.

The fourth-year BSc Optometry student received a Summer Research Scholarship from the company earlier this year to complete a research project over the summer months.

Under the supervision of GCU’s Dr Ian Pearce, Romana investigated the effects of hydrogel and silicone hydrogel single-use lenses on tear evaporation rate under different environmental conditions.

She saw off opposition from students across the UK to take the title when she presented her findings to a panel of experts at the CooperVision National Student Summit in Segensworth, Hampshire.

Romana will now compete in the CooperVision European Future Ocular Research Creativity Event (FORCE) in Budapest in spring 2016 for the chance to win a full delegate package, including travel and accommodation, to attend a major international contact lens meeting.

Speaking about the award, Romana said: “I am happy and very honoured to represent the UK and Glasgow Caledonian University at the European FORCE.’

Senior Lecturer Dr Ian Pearce said: “Romana carried out an excellent piece of research and did a tremendous job when she presented her findings at the event in Southampton.

“She is a great ambassador for GCU and should be very proud of her achievements.  I wish her every success at the European meeting next year.”

It is the third time a GCU student has been awarded the CooperVision UK student of the Year title; previous winners Michelle Snowball and Fiona Buckmaster both went on to be named FORCE Student of the Year at the European Student Summit in 2013 and 2015, respectively.

Romana is pictured with Karl Aberdeen, CooperVision’s Professional Development Manager ACE Distributor Markets (left), and GCU’s Dr Ian Pearce.