Out of the Box Optic’s Optoversity Challenge has raised £7,700 for Vision Care for Homeless People (VCHP) at an online challenge which saw students from City University place top.

Students from UWE Bristol and Aston placed second and third respectively against teams from 11 optometry schools across the country. Over 80 students competed for the charitable challenge which included quizzes, multiple choice questions and extra points for rapid answers.

The event’s creator Karmelo Modina said: ‘Optoversity has proved to be a fantastic way to bring together optometry students and to help prepare them for working life in the best way possible. It has been fantastic to have even more of the optometry schools taking part this year.’

VCHP’s general manager David Brown thanked those who competed at the event for the funds they raised and explained that the funds would be used to help transition the charity to working via tablets. ‘Mindful of the need to keep everything as clean as we can in the clinics we are moving to tablets for patient records. It will reduce the paper being passed around and is a for better way for us to work,’ he said.