Optical care is now provided by Specsavers Corporate Eyecare for 40 of the UK’s 115 Universities, equating to over a third of the UK’s higher education institutions.
The University of Kent is the latest to join a list of eminent educational clients, which includes the Universities of York, Manchester, Sheffield, London Metropolitan, Newport, Stirling and Dublin.
Bernard Angus, director of safety, health and environment at the University of Kent, says: ‘We have more than 3,000 staff and, under the display screen equipment regulations, pretty much all of them need to be provided with VDU eyecare.’
The University of Kent has received many additional benefits through its agreement with Specsavers Corporate Eyecare. For example, qualified optometrists attended the University’s wellbeing event this year to provide employees with further information and advice regarding eyecare. Mr Angus continues: ‘The large range of frames and the portable vision screener proved very successful at our recent wellbeing event. We receive a professional service from Specsavers and the scheme saves the University a great deal of money.’
Suzanne Randall, corporate account manager at Specsavers Corporate Eyecare, comments: ‘Particularly in the last couple of years, when budgets have been so tight, cost has been very important to our education sector clients. From experience, universities often pay around £80 for an eyesight test and glasses, when this is actually available from as little as £17. Our voucher systems also save on administration time, while still providing a clear audit trail and the ability to easily monitor costs.’