Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Optometry

Bristol (GB)
£32,004 - £48,327
11 Apr 2017
End of advertisement period
01 May 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Optometry

Department: Allied Health Professions
Campus/location: Glenside campus
Salary band: G-H - £32,004 - £48,327
Duration of post: Permanent
Post is open to: External and internal candidates
Closing date 01 May 2017

Job overview

UWE Bristol is an ambitious university. Together, our people are working hard to advance knowledge, inspire people and transform futures. We are looking for people with the skills and ambition to help us achieve those aims.

We are a well-established university, with over 27,000 students, 250,000 alumni and 3,000 staff. Students come to study with us from all over the UK, as well as from 140 different countries around the world, making this a diverse and interesting place to come and study.

Bristol itself is a hub of social and cultural activity. A place with a strong, creative and fiercely independent mindset. A city with a buzzing music scene, great restaurants and interesting business ventures. It’s not surprising Bristol is consistently named as one of the best places to live and work in the UK.

With over 450 inspiring staff and over 8000 aspiring students, the Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences strives to provide higher education with impact and positive benefits for society. The Faculty is a large, diverse and dynamic part of the University, bringing together experts from Allied Health Professions, Applied Sciences, Health and Social Sciences and Nursing and Midwifery.

We are united by our commitment to providing an inspirational and career-creating learning experience for all our undergraduate, postgraduate and professional students, one that equips them with the skills, knowledge, enterprise, real-world experience and confidence to succeed in a wide range of environments. It’s a commitment backed by an outstanding reputation for teaching excellence, world-class facilities, strong partnerships and a focus on research with impact at regional, national and global levels.

Our staff are professional practitioners and researchers at the forefront of their specialist areas. Our students benefit from their cutting-edge insight, practical experience and innovative approaches to teaching. We collaborate closely with employers and stakeholders to ensure that our curricula remain current, topical and relevant to societal needs. Many of our programmes also lead to professional registration and accreditation.

All our programmes have a substantial practice-orientation providing students with opportunities to apply their academic knowledge to real-world challenges through clinical practice, work-based experience, fieldwork and residential trips in the UK and abroad. Our partners offer placements or internships, set live briefs, participate in teaching and work with us on research projects and provide graduate jobs.

This practical focus is also reflected in our continuing investment in state-of-the-art facilities. We have excellent formal and informal learning spaces, outstanding laboratories, superb simulation facilities including high fidelity manikins and acute hospital wards, virtual laboratories and scenarios, a VERT suite for radiography and a simulation house. Our facilities provide excellent opportunities for the demonstration and practice of professional competencies for all students.

The Faculty has a vibrant research culture, organised around four University Centres of Excellence The Centre for Appearance Research, The Centre for Health and Clinical Research, The Centre for Research in Biosciences and the Science Communication Unit; and three research groups in Psychological Sciences; Social Sciences; and Public Health and Wellbeing. In addition, we work with colleagues across the University in our Institute of Bio-sensing Technology and the Health Technology Hub in the University Enterprise Zone. Our work makes world-leading contributions to the global academic community and society, as well as enhancing the quality of our teaching and the student experience.

The Department of Allied Health Professions is looking for an exceptional individual to lead an innovative exciting new Optometry programme, and be part of the future in its teaching and research activities. The General Optical Council’s (GOC) Education Strategic Review will be informed by wide recognition across the eye health sector, including by Ophthalmology, of the need to move more care into the community. Education needs to reflect changing scopes of practice and optometrists’ extended roles, with greater emphasis on clinical specialism. Addressing the challenge of equipping graduates with the skills and experience necessary to thrive in a rapidly changing clinical and professional environment is central to the design of this new programme.

You will join a visionary department and, in order to fulfil our aims, will be dynamic, adaptable, innovative and creative. There will also be opportunities to develop and contribute to the wider aspirations of the University.

The role will involve designing, leading and teaching on an undergraduate Optometry programme in the heart of the South West of England. Specific responsibilities will include programme design; preparation of teaching materials and assessments; course planning and delivery; working closely with local, regional and national external optometry partners; liaising with the professional body. Driving an innovative research culture and best practice for practice orientated learning and achievement also form key aspects of the role.

It is anticipated that you will have a high level of insight into contemporary optometry practice and will have experience of teaching and assessment in higher, further or continuing education or in clinical practice. Knowledge of the contemporary theories and concepts that underpin optometry practice and education is essential. You must be registered and practising as an Optometrist on the GOC’s Professional Register (or equivalent if your current position is international), have achieved a Master’s or Doctorate in a health/education related subject, and possess strong evidence of continuing professional development related to your current role. Additionally you will hold a recognised teacher’s qualification or be willing to work towards one.

This is an excellent opportunity to develop a strategic vision for Optometry education and training within the south west region, helping to shape future eye care in a contemporary healthcare landscape.

This is a full-time position working 37 hours per week on a permanent basis.

Clearance from the Disclosure and Barring Service will be required for this position.

Other benefits, in addition to salary:

  • a generous holiday allowance of 35 days
  • up to 12.5 bank holiday/closure days per year in addition;
  • flexible working;
  • excellent defined benefit pension schemes;
  • option to participate in the cycle to work scheme;
  • family friendly policies;
  • onsite nursery at our Frenchay Campus;
  • option to purchase childcare vouchers.

This post is based at our Glenside Campus which is set within beautiful grounds in Stapleton, just three miles north east of Bristol City Centre. Regular bus services connect the campus to the main Frenchay site, the city centre and surrounding areas, and nearby Bristol Parkway train station. Home to UWE's Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences, Glenside Campus offers excellent teaching facilities, these include a selection of inter-professional simulation suites, enabling students to practice and develop professional competencies, and one of the best health care libraries in England.

Interviews are scheduled to take place on Wednesday 10 May 2017.

If you would like an informal discussion, please contact Dr Viv Gibbs on 0117 32 88412 or email to:

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