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

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 Leader: 2013-2018
  • OPTO20200 Personal Professional Development B - Sole Unit Co-ordinator and 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 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." Subsequently, Amit was awarded Honorary Fellowship of the University of Manchester's ITL in 2021.

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".


Amit is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (awarded in 2015) and currently works as a Senior Lecturer within the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health (School of Health Sciences: Division of Pharmacy and Optometry). 



External positions

External Examiner for Optometry, University of Bradford

1 Sep 2019 → …

Hearings Panel Member, General Optical Council

1 Jul 2018 → …

Biology, Medicine and Health (BMH) Domains

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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