Open Day students will check out potential career paths

Published: 28 April 2008 at 15:41

Anglia Ruskin University is once again getting ready to welcome people from all over the East of England to its Cambridge and Chelmsford campuses for a day of discussions and activities, which will help to reveal the many higher education opportunities available to them.

The forthcoming Open Day on Saturday 17 May will allow potential students from all over the East of England to find out more about undergraduate study including options available within the growing areas of architecture and planning, construction and surveying; and Optometry and Ophthalmic Dispensing.

New facilities supporting these areas of study will soon be revealed including a state-of-the-art 5,000 square metre building - which will be used for student teaching from September in Chelmsford.  It is the new showcase of the Faculty of Science and Technology which will include purpose built labs, studios and offices.

Acting Dean for the Faculty of Science and Technology, Iain Brodie, says:

“This new building will further enhance the exceptional teaching and learning environment available at the University.”

Also in Chelmsford, from September, will be the opening of the University’s Advanced Technology Centre for practical study in construction and engineering.  This will provide an up to the minute professional supplement to the clean lab environments that exist in the main Faculty building. One of the main areas of focus in Cambridge is the study of eyecare.

There are many courses available including Optometry, which is the profession concerned with the examination, diagnosis and treatment of functional disorders of vision; Ophthalmic Dispensing, which prepares students to become Dispensing Opticians; and Optical Management, for those students wishing to combine studies in ophthalmic dispensing with study in business, management and retail marketing.

The University is the largest provider of ophthalmic training, covering both Optometry and Ophthalmic dispensing in the East of England. It offers courses leading to professional qualifications recognised by the General Optical Council and the Association of British Dispensing Opticians.

Commenting on the developing interest in this area of study, Dr John Siderov, Head of the Department of Optometry and Ophthalmic Dispensing, in Cambridge, said:

"The process of sight is one which occurs so easily and readily that it is not surprising that for many of us, we take it for granted.  But the human eye is a complex and remarkable organ that is fascinating to study, and as the eye care sector grows so do the career opportunities available."

Members of the University's teaching and administrative staff will be available offering information to help make informed decisions about course structure and programme start dates.

The Faculties involved in the Open Day include Arts Law and Social Sciences, Science & Technology, the Ashcroft International Business School, Education and Faculty of Health and Social Care.

Anglia Ruskin University Open Days generally attract 800-1000 prospective students to the campus plus members of their family and friends. There are four Open Days staged during the year. Each one is a key recruitment day for the University.

Those interested in attending one of the Open Days can pre-register online at or call 0845 271 3333 for more details on which courses are offered on which campus.