City's Division of Optometry & Visual Sciences combines a longstanding tradition of academic excellence at undergraduate and postgraduate level with a research-active body of academics and PhD students.
There are currently 20 academic staff in the division contributing to our optometry courses as well as carrying out applied vision research spanning fundamental visual science to ophthalmic health policy. The division has an established history in optical education and began teaching technical optics at the Northampton Institute (City’s predecessor) in 1898. We have been active in optics and vision science research since the early 1900s and boasted the first appointment to Chair of Optometry in the UK in 1966 (R.J. Fletcher). As a Division we strive to maintain and enhance our national and international reputation in applied vision research and in the quality of the teaching provided by our internationally acclaimed academic staff.