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Collaborations and Networks


The research we conduct is funded by a variety of national bodies, including BBSRC, EPSRC, NIHR, The Wellcome Trust, The Thomas Pocklington Trust and the Rail Standards Safety Board. Significant intra-professional research support has also been obtained from the College of Optometrists, Federation of Ophthalmic and Dispensing Opticians as well as support from within the optical industry.


Members of the Vision Science Group (VSG) engage in an extensive range of collaborative research networks. Partners in these networks include:

UK and International Universities

  • University of St Andrews
  • University of Leeds
  • University of Manchester
  • University of Nottingham
  • University of Aston
  • University of Plymouth
  • University of Glasgow
  • University of York
  • City University
  • Herriot-Watt University
  • Bangor University
  • University of Waterloo, Canada
  • Flinders University & Queensland University of Technology, Australia
  • State University of New York, University of Houston, University of Indiana in the USA
  • University of Paris, France
  • University of Erlangen, Germany

NHS Hospitals

Complementing the collaborative links with university academic departments, an important aspect of the VSG’s clinical research involves research and development with local NHS Teaching Hospitals.

  • Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
  • St James’s University Hospital, Leeds
  • York Hospital
  • Manchester Royal Eye Hospital

Industrial partners

  • Essilor
  • BBC
  • ARUP
  • IBM
  • AutoDesk
  • Rail Standards Safety Board
  • Institute of Occupational Medicine
  • Public Carriage Office
  • HM Prison Service.

Professional Bodies

  • Association of Optical Practitioners
  • British Contact Lens Association
  • College of Optometrists
  • National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE)
  • British Geriatrics Society  
  • Royal College of General Practitioners