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Our innovative research delivers advances in knowledge to facilitate detection, diagnosis, monitoring and treatment of vision disorders to improve quality of life.

In the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF), we were assessed as part of the 'Allied Health' unit of assessment, which was ranked 4th in the UK with an environmental ranking of 100%, and with 90% of researched deemed 'outstanding" in terms of its impact.

Our research is focused around three themes:


Our academics collaborate with leading vision researchers from around the world and we have close links with universities in mainland Europe, India, the USA and Japan.

We also work closely with other Schools within the University as well as other businesses and institutions such as Bristol University and the GW4 (Great Western 4) Alliance, which encompasses the universities of Bath and Exeter.


Facilities and equipment

Our School is housed in a dedicated optometry facility enabling high quality teaching, clinical practice and research in situ.


Research participation

We are frequently looking for members of the public to help with our research and there are a number of ways you can get involved.