The refurbishment of the Vision Centre's Imaging Suite has been completed after a generous donation from Robert Barr's Charitable Trust, secured by the Foundation and the School of Health and Life Sciences.
The only university in Scotland offering a degree in Optometry, GCU is recognised for its excellence in vision sciences, and the refurbishment of the imaging facility is crucial for educating the next generation of optometrists, orthoptists and dispensing opticians.
Programme Lead for Optometry, Dr Graeme Kennedy said: "The upgrading of our facilities means that our students, researchers and patients now have access to cutting-edge imaging equipment in one dedicated space. The instruments housed in the Imaging Suite allow us to examine the structure of the eye in great detail, enabling us to detect and diagnose a wide range of eye conditions.
"Such investment in our clinical facilities will allow GCU to continue to attract and retain the highest quality students, staff and researchers and enable us to maintain our status as the leading provider of training for eyecare professionals in the UK."
Susan Rodger, GCU Foundation Development Manager, said: "The Vision Centre has been at the forefront of eye care teaching for over 40 years and is unique in Scotland as the country's only optometry school. This significant gift will help us to remain at the forefront of learning, teaching and research, while also being able to deliver services through our specialist clinics to serve those who need our care most. We are most grateful to Robert Barr's Charitable Trust for its generous donation that allowed us to carry out these works."
In addition, two optical equipment manufacturers, Topcon and Optos, have provided equipment for students to use in the Imaging Suite.
Students working in the Vision Centre, which is part of the University's School of Health and Life Sciences, use cutting-edge equipment in their work with patients.