Optometry schools around the UK and Ireland have had a increase in their student intake in 2015.
City University London has increased its Optometry student intake by almost 20%, this year 127 students enrolled on the Optometry course, compared to 107 in 2014.
The same can be said for the University of Aston, which has seen an increase of 14% with over 150 students enrolling in 2015, compared to the 132 in 2014. At the same time, the University of Plymouth has increased its first year intake up to 59, a 23 increase from 2014.
Similar figures were also seen at Glasgow Caledonian University, with 73 students enrolling on the course.
There is only one University that has experienced a significant reduction in the number of students that have enrolled on the Optometry course this year and that was Bradford, they saw a 11% decrease from last year. However, the University stated that places in the Optometry course were in very high demand and they has more applications in 2015 than they did in 2014.
Adding to the widespread increase is the University of Hertford with an additional 52 Optometry students enrolling on the course that launched in September. Once the news was out about the new course at the University it received hate from the Optometry workforce, as they were fearful that if there is more and more students graduating then the supply will out way the demand leading to a potential decrease in salaries. A YouGov petition which was titled Stop Hertford managed to gather 2,697 signatures. The petition said there was no need for a 10th Optometry course in the UK.
Research for this article has been found by the Optician.