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Minister visits Teesside’s new optometry department

Chris Skidmore was given an eye test at the university’s new optometry facility

Chris Skidmore eye test
The Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation, Chris Skidmore, has visited the new optometry facilities at Teesside University.

The institution will enrol its first cohort of students into its three-year optometry degree programme in September this year, becoming the 13th university to offer an optometry programme in the UK.

Mr Skidmore visited the university last month to officially open its new £13.2m Student Life Building. During the visit he was given a tour of the new optometry suite and received an eye test.

Associate dean for enterprise and business engagement at Teesside University, Linda Nelson, said: “It was great to welcome the minister to the university and take the opportunity to showcase our fantastic facilities.”

“Our optometry degree reinforces the university’s ethos of responding to and working with local communities and partners to meet local needs and to provide our students with great career opportunities to make a real impact within their chosen profession,” she added.