UHI 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 12 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 of Optometry

Salary range £44,254 - £50,505 per annum pro rata
Working hours21 hours per week (0.6FTE)
Closing DateSunday 28 April 2024

Are you an Optometrist looking for a new challenge? Whether you have a clinical or academic background if you have a desire to support and train the next generation of Optometrists this role may be for you.

Working for UHI in the scenic Scottish Highlands & Islands enables you to have the worklife balance that you may be striving for. More and more people are choosing to live, work, study and invest in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. Quite simply put, it’s because our region offers you the chance to live your best life, right here.  More details can be found here - Living in the Highlands of Scotland

Ths is a very exciting time in Optometry with the great expansion of roles and opportunities being developed to deliver eye care acros the UK. An opportunity has now arisen to become part of the team delivering the BSc (Hons) Optometry degree at UHI (and the new MOptom optometry degree from Sept 2025).

The main curriculum is taught through problem-based learning together with clinical skills training and periods of community and hospital placement.

Lecturer in Optometry

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

The ideal candidate will have or be eligible for General Optical Council (GOC) registration as an Optometrist, have relevant experience in optometry education and/or significant optometry practice/hospital experience. A teaching qualification or the desire to work towards one would be advantages but not essential.

A detailed job description and person specification for the post are attached.

The postholder 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 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 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.

For further information and to arrange an informal confidential discussion please contact Alison MacPherson alison.macpherson@uhi.ac.uk


Interviews will be held Interviews will be held on a date yet to be confirmed, in Inverness..

If you have any queries about the application process please contact the HR Office at HR@uhi.ac.uk.