The minister of state for universities and science, MP Jo Johnson, visited the new university eye clinic at Anglia Ruskin University last week.
The Minister attended the university's Cambridge campus for a roundtable discussion with vice chancellors and principles from institutions across the east of England about issues of teaching excellence, widening participation and ensuring good outcomes for under-represented groups.
During a tour of the university clinic, the Minister joined a class of optometry and dispensing undergraduates who use the clinic to gain essential clinical experience as they train for qualification.
He also met Professor Rupert Bourne from Anglia Ruskin's Vision and Eye Research Unit whose research activity has been labelled as "world-leading" in the recent Research Excellence Framework 2014.
Commenting on the visit, Mr Johnson said: "It was great to see the optometry students hard at work in Anglia Ruskin's new University Eye Clinic.
"The emphasis on engaging teaching is commendable and is backed up by excellent research in the Vision and Eye Research Unit."