Ashley Gray

Lecturer Practitioner

Faculty:Faculty of Science and Engineering

School:Department of Vision and Hearing Sciences

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Ocular health and contact lenses

Ashley took up her post as a Lecturer Practitioner in the Vision and Hearing Sciences department at Anglia Ruskin University in November 2018, after working for 18 months as a Research Projects Administrator in the Anglia Vision Research group.


Ashley completed her first undergraduate degree in Neuroscience at the University of Otago in New Zealand in 2010 before undertaking her Bachelor of Optometry at the University of Auckland with which she was awarded first class honours. She became a fully qualified and registered optometrist in 2014 with Therapeutic Endorsement – the Australasian equivalent of a UK Independent Prescriber.

Over the next two years Ashley worked as a clinician in 3 independent practices in the North Island of New Zealand which all specialised in complicated and customised contact lens fitting. She also held a role in the public sector as a diabetic retinal screener. While working, she undertook further training in glaucoma management under the tuition of specialist Ophthalmologists to become an Independent Glaucoma Prescriber with the Optometrists and Dispensing Optician’s Board in New Zealand.

Ashley made the move across to the UK with her partner at the end of 2016 to experience work and travel abroad. She started work at Anglia Ruskin University as a Research Projects Administrator where she conducted and analysed research in areas such as amblyopia, children’s vision, and colour vision deficiencies. In 2018 she took up her current post as a Lecturer Practitioner in optometry.


  • Optics
  • Clinical optometry
  • Contact lenses
  • Ocular pharmacology


  • BOptom (1st Hons), Therapeutic Andorsement, Independent Glaucoma Prescriber, University of Auckland, NZ
  • BSc Neuroscience, University of Otago, NZ