Professor Christine Purslow graduated with a First Class Honours degree in Ophthalmic Optics in 1991. Her pre-registration training was in hospital optometry, after which a variety of clinical roles followed including private practice, part-time teaching, and specialist contact lens and low vision practice. Embarking on the academic chapter in her career in 2002, Professor Purslow was awarded her PhD from Aston University in 2005. She is a member of the College of Optometrists (UK), and a Fellow of both the IACLE and the BCLA, and a recipient of the Irving Fatt Memorial Award for her work in anterior eye research. Professor Purslow has authored several scientific papers and professional articles and regularly presents to both national and international audiences.
For several years, Professor Purslow was a senior lecturer and researcher in the School of Optometry & Vision Sciences at Cardiff University where, as Co-Director of the Contact Lens & Anterior Eye Research Unit (CLAER) she established her research interests examining the ocular surface and the tear film, hand hygiene, and evidence-based practice, alongside her clinical work. Chris has also been the Director of Postgraduate Taught Courses within WOPEC (Wales Optometry Postgraduate Education Centre), based at Cardiff University.
Professor Purslow moved to Plymouth University in 2012, as Professor and Head of Optometry.
Professor Purslow continues to take a keen interest in the key challenges for the profession at a national level, wishing to safeguard and develop the career aspirations and professional freedom of both those students she has taught in the past, and those she has the privilege to be involved with currently.