Dr Amit Jinabhai BSc, PhD, MCOptom, FBCLA, FEAOO, SFHEA

Senior Lecturer in Optometry

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After graduating with a first-class B.Sc. degree, with honours, in Optometry (from UMIST, in 2004), Amit successfully completed the British College of Optometrists' Professional Qualification Examinations (PQEs), followed by registration with the General Optical Council (GOC) in 2005. 

Since qualifying as an Optometrist, Amit has worked in several clinical capacities, including within the field of refractive surgery.


In 2011, he completed his Ph.D. at The University of Manchester (Faculty of Life Sciences), investigating Optical Quality and Visual Performance in Patients with Keratoconus - supervised by Dr Clare O'Donnell, Dr Hema Radhakrishnan and Dr Cindy Tromans.

Following this, Amit completed Post-Doctoral Research at Aston University (School of Life & Health Sciences), working under Prof. James Wolffsohn, in collaboration with Visioncare Research Ltd. (Farnham, Surrey UK). During this period, Amit also co-edited the 'Monthly Research Updates' series (for Bausch & Lomb's 'Academy of Visioncare' website) in partnership with Prof. Wolffsohn

In 2012, he was awarded the British College of Optometrists' George Giles Prize for outstanding postgraduate research. Amit was also awarded the Peter Abel Prizeby the Association of German Contact Lens Specialists and Optometrists (VDC/o), for excellence in contact lens optics research. He also received Fellowship from the British Contact Lens Association (BCLA) by viva-voce examination.

In the Spring of 2015, Amit was awarded Fellowship from the European Academy of Optometry and Optics (EAOO) by viva-voce examination. In the Summer of 2015, Amit was awarded the Faculty of Life Sciences Teaching Excellence Award for 'Second Year Unit Coordinator of the Year' for the highest-ranking unit survey scores across the entire Faculty.

In 2017, Amit was presented with the prestigious Optometry 'Lecturer of the Year' award by the National Association of Optometrists (AOP). 


Over his career to date, Amit has previously held the following key Leadership positions:

  • Divisional Post Graduate Research (PGR) Tutor: 2016-2019
  • Optometric Examination B Clinic Lead: 2013-2018
  • OPTO20200 Personal Professional Development B - Sole Unit Co-ordinator and Principal Assessor: 2018-2020

Since 2017, Amit has acted as a Teaching Peer-Reviewer for both Optometry and Pharmacy Staff, which involves evaluating and supporting fellow teaching colleagues across the entire Division.


In August 2021, Amit was awarded a prestigious 'individual' Teaching Excellence Award (TEA) by The University of Manchester's Institute for Teaching and Learning (ITL) for demonstrating sustained excellence in "Educational Leadership and Inclusive Learning". The Associate Vice-President for Teaching, Learning and Students and Director of the ITL, Prof. Judith Williams commented that Dr Jinabhai's individual submission was "a really exceptional submission, demonstrating the impact that an individual can have across a programme and beyond." And that Amit's "enthusiasm, love of learning and innovation came across throughout."  In addition to his 'individual' TEA, Amit was also part of 'the Optometry Team' that were awarded a 2021 'team' TEA by the ITL for demonstrating excellence in "Educational Leadership and Teaching in the Covid-19 Environment". Subsequently, Amit was awarded Honorary Fellowship of the University's ITL in 2021.

In December 2021, Dr Jinabhai received the presigious 'Divisional Teacher of the Year Award' (2021) for the Division of Pharmacy (DPO). This prestigious accolade is presented to an academic member of staff that has a proven track record of:

  • Communicating ideas effectively,
  • Motivating and stimulating their students to learn,
  • Demonstrating a high degree of innovation and excellence in education.


Amit was awarded with Fellowship (FHEA) of the Higher Education Academy in 2015. More recenlty, in February 2022, Dr Jinabhai was recognised for his superb teaching portfolio by achieving Senior Fellowship (SFHEA) with Advance HE.

Amit currently works as a Senior Lecturer within the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health (School of Health Sciences: Division of Pharmacy and Optometry). 


Outside of our University, Amit is an independent Hearings Panel Member that forms Fitness to Practice Committees for hearings heard by the General Optical Council. He is currently an External Examiner for the University of Bradford's various Optometry programmes. Dr Jinabhai has been an Independent Expert Assessor for the European Academy of Optometry and Optics' Fellowship programme since 2016.

Having completed the Degree Standards Project's External Examiner training programme (through Advance HE), Amit is currently listed as an accredited examiner in Advance HE's National Directory of External Examiners. Dr Jinabhai has also successfully completed the extensive Stellar HE national training programme which is accredited by The Diversity Practice. 



External positions

External Examiner for Optometry, University of Bradford

1 Sep 2019 → …

Hearings Panel Member, General Optical Council

1 Jul 2018 → …

Independent Expert Fellowship Assessor, The European Academy of Optometry and Optics (EAOO)

1 Jan 2016 → …

Education / academic qualifications

  • 2012 - Doctor of Philosophy, Optometry, The University of Manchester
  • 2004 - Bachelor of Science, Optometry (first class with honours), UMIST

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