Quality of Research
School of Optometry and Vision Sciences
Research Assessment Exercise (2008)
|Unit of Assessment||Staff submitted (FTE)||By percentage, research activity in the submission judged to reach quality standard|
|Allied Health Professions and Sciences (C12)||21.70||4||3||2||1||UC|
(Overall quality profile in blocks of 5%)
UK Schools of Optometry
|Allied Health Professions and Sciences|
|Institution||% Research 4* and 3*|
|University of Manchester||50.00|
|Glasgow Caledonian University||45.00|
|University of Ulster||40.00|
|University of Bradford||35.00|
|City University, London||35.00|
|Anglia Ruskin University||15.00|
The School of Optometry and Vision Sciences is one of the largest schools of its type in the UK and is the only one in Wales. It is based in a £21M state-of-the-art building with outstanding facilities, which upon completion represented the largest single investment in eye care anywhere in the UK.
In research, the School has an international reputation as a world-leading School. This is built on the research expertise of the academic staff and the quality of the research facilities available in the School. The primary objective of the School is to achieve the highest quality vision research in order to facilitate the early detection and diagnosis of eye diseases and their successful treatment. Research is co-ordinated through four research groups (Structural Biophysics, Biomedical Imaging, Visual Neuroscience and Molecular Biology and Clinical Research) which provide a breadth of research, from fundamental physics, to patient care, to understanding bird migration, to chemical mapping in the retina.
Research interests centre on the examination of the ocular surface and the tear film.
The School is home to staff of international standing who serve as ambassadors for interdisciplinary research, helping to ensure sustained research capacity growth. The School’s postgraduate research community is drawn from a wide variety of scientific backgrounds beyond the School’s own subject areas, including Psychology, Physics, Biology, Biochemistry, Neuroscience and Zoology.
Research income has come from the Medical Research Council, Department of Trade and Industry, the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, and the Science and Technology Funding Council. The School offers a number of funded PhD studentships each year in connection with its ongoing research projects.
The School benefits from two specialist research units. The Down's Syndrome Vision Research Unit which is making important discoveries about the ways in which eyes and vision differ in children with Down’s syndrome, leading to evidence-based guidelines for testing and managing eye problems. The Contact Lens and Anterior Eye Research Unit, is involved in clinically-related research in corneal function, tear-film physiology and contact lenses, research that is vital in understanding the aetiology and treatment of dry-eye, and for successful contact lens wear.