Rupal Lovell-Patel

Rupal Lovell-Patel

Academic Lead – Vision Sciences

School of Medicine

Harrington Building, HA311

+44 (0) 1772 89 4014

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.

Full Profile

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.
In 2014 Rupal was awarded "Lecturer of the Year" by the Association of Optometrists in recognition of her outstanding contribution to teaching.


  • University Certificate, Independent Prescribing, City University, 2010.
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching, Anglia Ruskin University., 2006.
  • BSc (Hons) in Optometry, University of Bradford, 1997


Aldrich, A., Lovell-Patel, R., Allen, P., & Wilkins, A. (2018). The Repeatability of Colorimetry is Precise (ly) as Expected. Neuro-Ophthalmology, 3(1), 1-6.

Lovell-Patel, R., Timmis, M., Pardhan, S., & McCarthy, P. (2013). The Influence of Multifocal Lenses on Fine Motor Tasks. Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science, 54(15), 4250-4250

Patel R, Pardhan S & Hobbiss A (2001). Quality of Life, Visual Function and Ocular Health in South Asian and Caucasian adults in Bradford, UK. Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science, 42(4): S861.

Research Activities

  • Clinical Epidemiology and Ageing
  • Clinical Optometry and Optometric Instrumentation
  • Visual Stress and Eye Movement
  • Optometric Education (Learning and Teaching)


  • Vision Aid Overseas Education and Teaching Review project

External Affiliations

  • Fellowship lead for the Education Committee of the European Academy of Optometry and Optics.
  • OSCE development group member, OSCE examiner and Educationalist on the Higher Qualification Accreditation panel for The College of Optometrists.
  • Court Assistant for the Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers.
  • Optometry Professional Adviser for NHS England, Midlands and East (East) and the Chair of the East Anglia Local Eye Health Network.

Teaching activities

  • Teaching across the MSc in Optometry.
  • Module leader for Optometric Principles & Management of Eye Health and Research in Eye Healthcare.


Professional Body Associations: Member of the General Optical Council, College of Optometrists, Association of Optometrists, British Contact Lens Association, Senior Associate member of The Royal Society of Medicine and Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers.

Fellowships: Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, European Academy of Optometry & Optics and Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


  • Lovell-Patel, R. A four-year audit of the Visual Stress Clinic and Anglia Ruskin University Eye clinic. European Academy of Optometry and Optics, May 2015.
  • Lovell-Patel, R. Can Colour Filter Therapy Help Patients with Reading Difficulties? 7th International Congress of Behavioural Optometry, September 2014.
  • Lovell-Patel, R and McCary, J. Using a Mix of Generic and Specific Study Skills Workshops to Improve Students' Study Techniques. Anglia Ruskin University 12th Annual Learning and Teaching Conference, June 2011.
  • Lovell-Patel, R. OSCE assessment - is it a fair way to assess clinical skills? The European
  • Academy of Optometry and Optics, May 2009. Education Keynote speaker.
  • Patel, R. Quality  of  Life,  Visual  Function  and  Ocular  Health  in South  Asian  and  Caucasian  adults  in Bradford, UK at 2001 AVA-CG Post-Graduate Meeting, November 2001.