GCU optometry student claims third place in Europe-wide competition

19 May 2016

Romana pictured receiving the UK award in 2015 with Karl Aberdeen of CooperVision and Dr Ian Pearce

Romana pictured receiving the UK award in 2015 with Karl Aberdeen of CooperVision and Dr Ian Pearce

Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) student Romana Khaliq has taken third place in the 2016 CooperVision FORCE Student of the Year awards.

The fourth-year BSc Optometry student impressed judges at the FORCE (Future Ocular Research Creativity Event) final at CooperVision’s Centre of Innovation in Budapest, Hungary, where she was competing alongside eight other students from across Europe.

The annual competition asks students to undertake a research project on a contact lens-related subject of their choice and to present their findings. Winners from each country go forward to the FORCE European final for a chance to take the overall title.

Current UK CooperVision Student of the Year Romana was commended for her investigation into the effects of hydrogel and silicone hydrogel single-use lenses on tear evaporation rate under different environmental conditions.

Senior Lecturer Dr Ian Pearce, who supervised Romana’s project, said: “Romana carried out an excellent piece of research and did a tremendous job when she presented her findings.

“She is a great ambassador for GCU and should be very proud of her achievements.”

Romana is the third GCU student to have 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 in 2013 and 2015, respectively.