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Rupal Lovell-Patel

Academic Lead - Vision Sciences
School of Medicine

Rupal is the Academic Lead for Vision Sciences at the University, she is a registered Optometrist committed to raising the standards of professional practice and education within the optometric community. After graduating from University of Bradford and undertaking registration as an Optometrist, she returned to academia in Bradford as a Clinical Demonstrator. In 2002, Rupal moved to Cambridge to join Anglia Ruskin University where she was a Principal Lecturer and Director of Clinics until 2018. Alongside her teaching and management roles within the University, she is a College of Optometrists Examiner for the Final Assessment of the Scheme for Registration (OSCE). She is a Principal Fellow for the Higher Education Academy and a member of the Careers in Optics working group as well as European Academy of Optometry and Optics Education Committee.

Rupal teaches across several modules within the Optometry and Ophthalmic Dispensing courses as well as leading the Vision Sciences team in developing and delivering of these courses. Within the School, she is the Teaching and Learning Lead. Her interest in optometric education has allowed her to undertake several projects in learning and teaching field.

Apart from Rupal's involvement with education at university level, as a registered optometrist, she remains committed to working towards continual professional standards improvement and development. She has been part of working groups supporting professional development such as the EAOO Clinical Practice working group and Careers in Optics working group. Rupal has been a reviewer for peer review journal Optometry and Vision Science, Optometry in Practice and for grant applications to the Central Commissioning Facility for the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) funded projects. Having been as Assessor for EAOO clinical fellowship applications since 2015, she now leads the Fellowship program. Within the NHS East of England Region, she is the Lead Optometry Adviser offering support, advice and guidance to the optometric community on eye care service provision. She leads on eye care commissioning based on the national and professional targets working with a number of stakeholders. Within the academic setting, she has spent time on University Senate, Faculty and Departmental Ethics Panel. Rupal is involved in the Academic Quality Assurance process as internal approval panel member and acts as a mentor for colleagues who are applying for Fellowships of the Higher Education Academy (now known as Advance HE). She has ensured that she embeds professional practice and student learning in all her activities around optometric education. This combination has led to highly positive feedback from students (regularly nominated for the Student Union run annual awards for “Made a Difference” at her previous university) and professionals with whom she engages with on a daily basis. Her commitment to pedagogic community within her role at her previous University has been recognised by the means of being awarded the title of University Teaching Fellow.