National awards for ophthalmic dispensing students

Adam Mason and Adriana Stiuriuc have won ABDO national awards

The future is looking bright for two University Centre Bradford College students who have picked up national awards.

Adriana Stiuriuc and Adam Mason have been recognised by the Association of British Dispensing Opticians.

The pair won awards for scoring the top marks in the country in examinations.

Adriana won the Stepper Prize for achieving the best overall mark in the ABDO examinations while Adam collected the prestigious Federation of Manufacturing Opticians’ Derek McLaren Memorial Award for the highest mark in the final qualifying exams.

Adriana, who is studying a foundation degree in Ophthalmic Dispensing, beat students from all over Britain to score the highest mark in the PQE examinations.

Programme leader for the FdSc Ophthalmic Dispensing course, Dean Dunning said: “We are immensely proud of Adriana and her award here at Bradford College. She is a model student and an absolute pleasure to teach. Her achievement in winning the Stepper Prize is national recognition for her hard work and commitment. I have no doubt whatsoever that Adriana will go on to a have a long and highly successful career in the optical industry.”

Adriana has begun her final year on the Ophthalmic Dispensing course and hopes to complete her qualification as a Dispensing Optician in Summer 2019.

Adam, who has recently completed his FdSc in Ophthalmic Dispensing and works at Specsavers in Stockport, was presented with his award at the ABDO graduation at Canterbury Cathedral on November 21. Adriana was, unfortunately, unable to attend. 

Dean added: “Throughout his three years at Bradford College, Adam demonstrated an exceptional understanding of the subject and always performed to a very high standard. This national award is fully deserved for his hard work.”

Less than a week after picking up his award in Canterbury, Adam was back in Bradford to attend his college graduation.

The pair’s success comes in the year the college celebrates 70 years on delivering ophthalmic dispensing courses.

Anyone interested in finding out more is encouraged to attend a Higher Education open event on Saturday, December 8.


Award-winning student Adam Mason is pictured with tutor Dean Dunning (left) at graduation 2018