School:Psychology and Sport Science
Areas of Expertise: Health, social care and medical innovation
Julie is a General Optical Council (GOC) registrant with degrees in both Optometry and Ophthalmic Dispensing. She is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and holds a PG Cert in Higher Education.
She is an educational visitor panel member for the GOC and is a member of the Sector Partnership for Optical Knowledge and Education and Expert Advisor Panel (SPOKE).
Having been employed as a Dispensing Optician since the mid 1980s, Julie took on other roles in industry as a Project Manager before returning to ophthalmic dispensing in 2006 by studying Optical Management at ARU.
She re-joined ARU in 2012 as a Research Assistant to the then Head of Department of Vision and Hearing, and became a full-time Lecturer in October 2013. From here, she was promoted to Senior Lecturer and Course Leader of FdScOD Registerable award, leading the team to full GOC approval in 2016. Julie is now Associate Professor of Ophthalmic Dispensing and the Director of Vision Education, with an overarching responsibility for GOC registered courses.
She has been involved with optical industry, retail, and charity work, and has a special interest in academic rigour and curriculum design.
Siderov, J., Hughes, J. A., 2013. Development of Robust Methods of Assessment of Clinical Competency in Ophthalmic Dispensing - Results of a Pilot Trial. HSCE, 2(1). doi: 10.11120/hsce.2013.00023
Latham, K., Hughes, J. A. Is a reading addition necessary for clinical contrast sensitivity measurements? Poster presentation, European Academy of Optometry and Optics (EAOO), Malaga, April 2013.
Waugh, S. J., Formankiewicz, M. A., Polczyk-Przybyla, J. A., 2011. Effects of imposed Gaussian blur on contour interaction for luminance-modulated and contrast-modulated noisy Cs. Journal of Vision September, 23, 11(11), 1151.