CooperVision announces FORCE UK & Ireland award winner

Dublin University optometry student, Ciarán Conway, took home the title for the 2020 competition

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CooperVision has named Ciarán Conway, a final year student of optometry at Dublin University, as the UK & Ireland winner of the FORCE Student of the Year competition 2020.

The Future Ocular Research Creativity Event (FORCE) annual competition requires students to carry out a six-to-eight clinical project in the field of anterior eye or contact lenses, and aims to encourage students to develop their professional knowledge and contacts.

Mr Conway took the title for his project on ‘The effectivity of the Topcon Eye-Light in treating Meibomian Gland Dysfunction.’

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Dublin University optometry student, Ciarán Conway, has been named CooperVision’s FORCE Student of the Year for the UK & Ireland
Commenting on the award win, Mr Conway said: "The FORCE is an amazing opportunity for students and I'm very grateful to CooperVision for the chance to take part. We're fortunate to have one of the industry's leading companies there to support us in our optical journey and give us confidence for the future."

Judges commented on Mr Conway’s thorough approach, awareness of the limitations of his study and understanding of how these variables could be improved if the study were to be repeated.

Pauline Bradford, CooperVision’s professional services consultant and panel judge, said the panel had been “extremely impressed” with the dedication and professional delivery of this year’s students, “particularly in these challenging times, having to unexpectedly compete remotely.”

Ms Bradford continued: “With such a diverse range of projects to choose from it was extremely tough to pick just one winner, however the judging panel felt Ciarán had taken a lot of time to understand the potential impact on contact lens wear and where further research should be done. Congratulations to him once again.”

The European FORCE Final has been cancelled for 2020 due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Mr Conway will instead attend the 2021 event in Budapest as a guest.

Now in its eighth year, the FORCE competition pitches students from universities and colleges across Europe against each other to be named Student of the Year. Research projects are delivered to a panel of CooperVision’s Professional Services Consultants and judged on content, creativity and delivery style.