The University of the Highlands and Islands is the United Kingdom’s leading integrated university encompassing both further and higher education. Based in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland, our distinctive partnership of 13 independent colleges and research institutions is locally based and rooted in communities, but with national and international reach, as part of a regional university structure.

To support our work we are recruiting to the following role:

Lecturer in Optometry

Salary range £37,733 - £43,742 pa plus market premium
Working hoursFull Time
Closing Date8 November 2021

This is a very exciting time in Optometry with the great expansion of roles and opportunities being developed to deliver eye care across the UK. An opportunity has now arisen to become part of the team delivering the BSc (Hons) Optometry degree at the University of the Highlands and Islands. Our degree programme is 4 years with the main curriculum being taught through problem based learning together with clinical skills training and periods of community and hospital placement.

We are looking for an experienced optometrist who is enthusiastic about optometry education and has an interest and experience in teaching, to join us.

Based in Inverness, the post – holder will be involved in delivering tutorials and lectures, demonstrating clinical techniques, supervising and supporting students within undergraduate student practice clinics. The post will also involve mentoring and supporting students as a personal academic tutor as well as supporting the management of the student placement programme. The assessment of student performance will also be a key part of this role along with other members of the staff as will the ongoing development of curriculum to enhance the student experience and identify new learning opportunities.

The University will help support the successful candidate’s career ambitions through a staff development programme that could include a post-graduate teaching, clinical or academic qualification, and engagement with research and innovation opportunities over the longer term.

The candidate should be registered with the General Optical Council (GOC) as an Optometrist, have experience in optometry education and a postgraduate academic qualification (e.g. MSc/MRes/MPhil/PhD) would be welcomed. A teaching qualification would be an additional advantage, as would clinical experience either in a community optometry or hospital setting.

For further information and to arrange an informal confidential discussion please contact Professor Sue Lightman by email initially on

Please note, the post holder will be subject to a PVG Disclosure Scotland and other background checks.

If you have any queries about the application process please contact the Personnel Office at or on 01463 279239.