Masters Medal Application 2022
Since receiving its Royal Charter in 1629, the Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers has encouraged research into the prevention and treatment of vision impairment. Each year, the Company awards a bronze medal to encourage those taking higher degrees or pursuing higher level studies to publish their work.
The Master’s Medal is individually inscribed and accompanied by a purse of £750.
The 2022 Medal Award process launches today with new eligibility criteria.
The Master’s Medal will be awarded to an early-stage researcher with the best peer reviewed paper within the broad area of vision science or eyecare and spanning laboratory studies to translational or public health research. The paper should have been published (including ePub ahead of time) within the period 1st August 2020 to 31st July 2022 and must report the results of research, defined as the process of investigation leading to new insights or new knowledge within a subject area. Articles accepted for publication or under review are not eligible. The applicant must have made a significant contribution to the work and this must be confirmed in writing as part of the application. (Details are given on the application form).
To be eligible for the Master’s Medal, applicants must be UK citizens registered for a research degree at doctoral level (PhD, MD, professional doctorate) with a UK higher education institution, or be within one year of the date on the award letter for their doctorate. In addition, your supervisor will need to confirm that the output submitted for the Master’s Medal forms part of your doctoral studies.
Candidates who have continued to progress over a period of up to 5 years post qualification, are advised to consider the criteria for The Ruskell Medal; those who can demonstrate a sustained personal contribution over a 5-15 year period post qualification may apply for The Fincham Medal.*
We encourage applications from all eligible candidates, regardless of specialism, nationality, age, race, disability, gender or self-identification.
Applications must be made using the online form by the candidate themselves. All papers and supporting statements must be uploaded in PDF format including a typeset copy of the research paper confirming the date of publication. Please note that abstracts, data audits, reviews, commentaries and editorials will not be considered since they do not meet the definition of research. Entries which are not complete in every respect will be treated as disqualified and will not be forwarded for consideration by the judging panel.
The judging panel will be drawn from professors and senior staff working in UK universities and at senior levels in clinical practice. Care is taken to ensure that submissions are assessed by individuals with no supervisory or collaborative connection with the applicant. No account will be taken of any current or previous connection between applicants, supervisors or team members and The Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers or with The Spectacle Makers’ Charity. Personal letters of support will not be taken into account in judging entries and should not be provided.
The closing date for entries is 6pm on Monday 15 August 2022. The panel expects to make its final decision in mid-September. All applicants will be notified of the outcome by email. The judging panel’s decision is final and no appeals or requests for individual feedback will be accepted.
The winner will be invited to receive their medal and purse at the Company’s Court Luncheon at Apothecaries’ Hall in London on Wednesday 5 October 2022. Further publicity for the individual and any sponsoring employer, practice or academic institution can be expected as the Medal award will be featured in press releases and via social media channels.
* Separate Calls for Submission and online application forms for The Ruskell Medal and The Fincham Medal are also available on the website www.spectaclemakers.com. Please note that candidates may not apply for more than one medal in the same year. No-one will be awarded the same medal more than once. Winners of the Master’s Medal may progress to apply for the Ruskell Medal, and winners of the Ruskell Medal may in turn apply for the Fincham Medal at an appropriate later stage in their careers.