Virtual 'Students Past' gallery

Students past is an ongoing project of the museum to record the historical experience of studying optometry in the UK. If you have memories of university life that you would be willing to share, please get in touch. Three and four-year courses were not introduced until 1949 and the required standards were not raised to those of university entrance until the 1960s. The expansion of higher education in the 21st century has led to a sharp increase in the number of course providers.

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Early classes

Private tuition and correspondence courses.

Birmingham - Central Technical College and Aston University

Studying optometry in the Midlands.

Bradford

Studying optometry in West Yorkshire.

Bristol

The second course to be founded in the south west region.

Cambridge - APU and Anglia Ruskin

The industry-sponsored course in the Fens.

Cardiff - Welsh CAT and UWIST

Studying optometry in Wales.

Coleraine

Studying optometry in Northern Ireland.

Edinburgh

Studying optometry in the east of Scotland.

Glasgow

Studying optometry in the west of Scotland.

Hertfordshire

The first course fully integrated with the Scheme for Registration.

Highlands and Islands

A new optometry course in the far north of Scotland.

London - The Northampton Institute and City University

The principal course in London...not in Northampton!

London - other colleges

The British Optical Institute, West Ham College and others.

Manchester

Studying optometry in the north of England.

Newcastle

Studying optometry in the north east

Plymouth

Studying optometry in the south west of England.

Portsmouth

Optometry on the south coast

Teesside

A new optometry course in the north east of England.

 

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