World Optometry Week kicks off on Sunday 21st of March with The Out of the Box Optics Optoversity Challenge 2021!
This is the only virtual inter-University competition between Optometry students in the UK and ROI across all year groups in support of Vision Care for Homeless People (VCHP). Last years’ event was a MASSIVE fund-raising success with Team Hertfordshire taking the title of Optoversity Challenge 2020 winners and the teams raising over £5500 collectively! Previous participants include Anglia Ruskin, Aston, Bradford, City, Dublin and Plymouth University. The competition is a light-hearted, fun and effective way to prepare students for life beyond University, whilst giving students the opportunity to socialise with each other – which was otherwise impossible in 2020.
Prizes will be given to the highest performers and the highest fund-raisers. In previous years, students have been awarded with prizes such as an iPad, volk lens, textbooks, vouchers and various optometric equipment.
Each University team has representation from 1st, 2nd and Final year (3rd/4th) students is represented by an unlimited number of students, who will be put to the test on various aspects of Optometry and be asked to demonstrate a range of skills. Successfully passing the tasks will generate points for the team…and points mean prizes!
Prior to the event, you’ll be sent details of the event link and instructions
Where and when will The OOTBO Optoversity Challenge 2021 take place?
In the comfort of your own abode on Sunday 21st March 2021 via Zoom.
So what happens on the day?
You will be competing against students in your year group, from universities all across the UK.
Year 1: 10am til 11.30am
Year 2: 12pm til 1.30pm
Year 3/4: 2pm til 3.30pm
The fund-raising aspect?
Each individual will have a Virgin Money Giving page in the name of Vision Care for Homeless People (Reg: 1118076) to raise funds for the cause and this can be done easily within minutes. Instructions on how to set up the page will be given once your place on the team has been confirmed.
Who is running the event?
The hosts of Optoversity Challenge (Out of the Box Optics) are qualified Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians who have a range of specialities and interests and come from different career backgrounds. They have been carefully selected to provide the best training experience for the students, and have a rich knowledge of the scheme for registration.
The deadline to register for 1st and 2nd years is 20th March 2021.
The deadline to register for 3rd/4th years has now passed.
We look forward to welcoming you and your University!
Our annual charity event, Optoversity Challenge has helped raise over £10,000 for Vision Care for Homeless People whilst giving Optometry students an insight into the vast career possibilities the field has to offer.