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Dr Amy Sheppard is a senior lecturer at Aston Optometry School and a UK-registered optometrist. Amy holds the role of Deputy Head (Education) within the School of Optometry, having previously been the programme lead for postgraduate (2011-2017) and undergraduate (2017-2020) provision.

Amy's research interests are based on the anterior eye, accommodation and more recently, Digital Eye Strain. Amy has a focus on providing a high quality experience for all students, using innovative methods and she has completed a Master's in Education as well as being recognised as a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She is currently External Examiner for the MSci Optometry programme at UCLan and an iPRO research adviser for the College of Optometrists.

Research Interests

  • Digital Eye Strain
  • Ocular accommodation and presbyopia
  • Practice-based research in optometry


  • 2018: Master's in Education with Distinction, Aston University
  • 2014: SFHEA, Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • 2013: FHEA, Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy
  • 2010: PhD in Optometry, Aston University
  • 2004: MCOptom, Membership of the College of Optometrists
  • 2004: General Optical Council registration
  • 2003: BSc (Hons) Optometry with First Class Honours, Aston University


  • 2016- date: Senior Lecturer in Optometry, Aston University
  • 2011-2016: Lecturer in Optometry, Aston University
  • 2010-2011: Research and Teaching Fellow in Optometry, Aston University 
  • 2007-2010: PhD Researcher, Aston University
  • 2004- date: General Optical Council-registered optometrist

Administrative Roles

Deputy Head (Education), Aston Optometry School

Teaching Activity

  • Module leader: Clinical Practice 2 (Undergraduate)
  • Module leader: MSc dissertation module (Postgraduate)
  • Lecturer: Ageing Eye module (Postgraduate)
  • Supervisor: Elective Studies (BSc Optometry; OP3ES1)


Contact Details

External positions

Lead Team Chair, Vision Care for Homeless People

1 Oct 2021 → …

External examiner, University of Central Lancashire

1 Sept 2019 → …

iPRO research adviser, College of Optometrists

1 Aug 2017 → …


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