ARU opens Sensory Sciences Centre

An investment of £1.9m has gone into the new facility for students on optometry, ophthalmic dispensing, and audiology courses

The image shows one of the labs in ARU’s new Sensory Sciences Centre. The camera is focused on a slit lamp device set up on a table, with a blue clinical curtain in the background. Fading into the distance, at least six further tables are set up with devices
Anglia Ruskin University

Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) has hosted the official opening of its new Sensory Sciences Centre in Cambridge.

An investment of £1.9m has gone into the new facility, with equipment, teaching and research space for students on optometry, ophthalmic dispensing, and audiology courses.

The official opening, on 24 January, coincided with the 30th anniversary of Vision and Hearing Sciences at ARU’s Cambridge campus.

The new facility, located at ARU’s Compass House on East Road, has technology including LED ophthalmoscopes, video slit lamps and a corneal topographer.

The university suggested the equipment will help students to hone their clinical skills before seeing patients in the University Eye Clinic. Since opening in 2000, the clinic has provided more than 220,000 free eye appointments to the Cambridge community.

Penny Barker, a service user at the University Eye Clinic, opened the new facility as guest of honour.

Dr Helen Keyes, head of school at ARU, commented: “This fabulous new facility allows our students to train using the very latest technology, equipping them with the skills and practical knowledge needed for their future careers.”

“Vision and hearing courses have now been taught at ARU in Cambridge for 30 years, and new equipment within the Sensory Sciences Centre ensures that ARU remains at the cutting edge,” Keyes said. “This is a wonderful investment for our students, and for the members of the public they will go on to serve,” she added.

ARU will launch two new courses in 2024: a Master’s degree in optometry, along with a blended-learning ophthalmic dispensing undergraduate degree.