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Memorial Prize named after Optometry Alumna

Alumni Notice Board, Health Sciences News , .
Rita Watts

Rita Watts

Rita Watts (Ophthalmic Optics, 1961), who sadly passed away last year, very generously left an unrestricted gift in her Will for the Division of Optometry and Visual Science at City University London.

The Division will use her gift to fund an annual prize for the next 10 years, called the Rita Watts Memorial Prize, which will be awarded to an undergraduate Optometry student with the highest first year marks.

Abdulqadir Karimjee, the first student to receive this prize, is a second year Optometry student who is interested in pursuing a career in optics or visual optics. About receiving this prize he says:

“First and foremost I would like to thank Rita Watts for her generosity and for giving students just like myself the opportunity of being recognised for their academic success. City University London is a university that supports you, pushes you to do your very best and recognises its students as individuals rather than just a name on a list. I am grateful for alumni like Rita who share this vision as this prize has truly made a difference to my student experience at City.”

Professor Chris Hull, Head of the Division, also comments on the Prize:

“It’s a great honour that the late Mrs Watts chose to recognise her alma mater with such a generous gift. Studying optometry at City clearly left a mark in her affections. Her legacy has given us a chance to recognise and reward academic excellence for those we hope will become leaders of the profession in the future. Congratulations to Abdulqadir on becoming the first recipient of this prize; we shall watch your career with great interest.”

If you are interested in discussing a gift in your Will and how it can best be used to support our students, please contact Jennifer Palmer on 020 7040 5559 or at

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