Ruskell 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 recognise research in ophthalmology and/or vision science which contributes significantly to the advancement of our understanding of vision and the prevention of unnecessary blindness.

The Ruskell Medal is named after the late Gordon Ruskell, Emeritus Professor in the Department of Optometry and Visual Science at City University, a classical anatomist whose interest in optometry and neurology resulted in many discoveries in ocular science. The bronze Ruskell medal is individually inscribed and is accompanied by a purse of £750.

The 2022 Medal Award process launches today with new eligibility criteria.

The Ruskell Medal for 2022 will be awarded to the applicant with the best peer reviewed paper in the broad area of vision science or eyecare, 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 and interpret the results of research, defined as the process of investigation leading to new insights or new knowledge within a subject area. This includes original research as well as systematic reviews that generate new findings. It does not include audits, editorials, letters, commentaries, opinion pieces or reviews that do not lead to new knowledge within a subject area. Articles under review, or accepted for publication but not yet generally available, 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). The level of contribution will be taken into account by the judging panel.

To be eligible for the Ruskell Medal, applicants’ work must be produced under the aegis of a recognised UK academic or medical institution. UK citizens currently engaged in research outside the UK are also eligible. All applicants must be within five years of the award of a doctorate (PhD, DPhil, MD or professional doctorate) at the date of submission. Candidates at an earlier stage of their career are advised to look at the criteria for The Master’s Medal; those who can demonstrate a sustained personal contribution over a 5-15 year period post qualification may apply later in the year for The Fincham Medal*.

We encourage applications from all eligible candidates, regardless of specialism, age, race, disability, gender or self-identification.

Applications must be made by the candidate themselves using the online form. 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 the maximum file size is 8MB.  You will receive an automatic confirmation when a submission has been received. It may take a few minutes to load large files. Any problems in using the form or uploading papers should be notified immediately to 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 the applicant or team members and The Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers or The Spectacle Makers’ Charity. Personal letters of support will not be taken into account in the 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.

*A separate Call for Submission and online application form for The Master’s Medal is also available on the website 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. Details of the silver Fincham Medal award process will be published later in 2022. Candidates may not apply for more than one medal in the same year.

The Ruskell Medal

  • Applicants Details

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  • Eligibility Criteria

  • Please confirm the title of your current post, the name and address of your current employer and, if different, the name of the academic or medical institution(s) under whose sponsorship the submitted paper was produced.
  • Please provide a copy of your award letter for your doctoral degree or the letter confirming your appointment to an equivalent level professional clinical or research post. The submission date of this application must be within four years of the effective date shown on the letter.
    Max. file size: 8 MB.
  • Submission

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    Author contribution statement You need to have contributed to at least one element in each of the following two categories:- the conception and design of the study;the organisation of the conduct of the study; carrying out the study; or the analysis and interpretation of study data.drafting the output; or critiquing the output for important intellectual content.Please upload a statement in PDF format confirming the areas of the paper to which you have contributed. This statement should be signed by the corresponding author.
  • Max. file size: 8 MB.
    Please provide an author contribution statement.