Cambridge university invests £1.9m in Sensory Science Centre

A new science centre has opened at a university with equipment worth £1.9m.

Anglia Ruskin University‘s (ARU) new Sensory Science Centre in Cambridge was officially opened on Wednesday evening.

Students studying optometry, ophthalmic dispensing and audiology will be able to use the equipment.

ARU is one of the few UK universities to have its own eye clinic, said a spokesperson, which helps students gain hands-on experience while delivering free care to the local community.

Since opening in 2000, the clinic has provided over 220,000 free eye tests.

Its opening coincides with the 30th anniversary of vision and hearing sciences at the Cambridge campus.

The new centre’s technology includes LED ophthalmoscopes, video slit lamps and a corneal topographer.

Alongside the new centre, the university is also introducing a masters degree in optometry and a undergraduate ophthalmic dispensing degree.

Dr Robert MacKinnon, deputy head of the School of Psychology and Sport Science, said: “Vision and hearing courses have now been taught at ARU in Cambridge for 30 years, and new equipment within the Sensory Science Centre ensures that ARU remains at the cutting edge.

“This is a wonderful investment for our students, and for the members of the public they will go on to serve.”


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