About

Cardiff University’s School of Optometry and Vision Sciences is recognised as a centre of excellence for teaching and research across the world. We have been committed to maintaining an outstanding teaching and learning experience for all our students, the very best research and excellent links with industry and the wider public, for over 75 years.


Wales Optometry Postgraduate Education Centre (WOPEC) remains the only dedicated postgraduate education centre in the world that aims to cater for all the learning needs of optometrists. We have almost 11,000 eye care professionals learning with us.
Our objective is to ensure the provision of excellent education and training for optometrists, and other eye care practitioners, to produce a workforce of professionals who are able to deliver the highest quality of care to their patients.

Dr Nik Sheen is WOPEC Director

Dr Barbara Ryan is Director Postgraduate Teaching

Assessors

Lead Assessors are trained and accredited by WOPEC. They organise and manage local events and assessments for optometrists throughout the UK, for both Glaucoma Repeat Measurement services and Minor Eye Conditions Service (MECS - formally PEARS).

Wales accreditation tutors provide regional and Wales wide training as part of the Welsh Government education for optometrists in Wales.

WOPEC has an extensive postgraduate taught programme of study. Our Module Leaders are experts in their field of study.

Director

Nik Sheen

Director

Nik Sheen

After passing the College of Optometrists pre-qualifying examinations, Nik worked as an optometrist in independent and multiple practices for 3 years before studying full-time at Bristol Eye Hospital for an MSc in Clinical Ophthalmology and Optometry.

Thereafter, he completed a PhD at Cardiff University investigating stereoscopic techniques in the diagnosis of glaucoma.

Nik was an Accreditation and Evaluation Manager for the Welsh Eye Care Initiative (2003 to 2008). Together with Barbara Ryan, he was responsible for providing all the training, accreditation and re-accreditation for optometrists in Wales. Since 2008 he has been Clinical Lead for the Eye Health Examinations Wales service and became a Director for WOPEC in 2012. He teaches on 3 postgraduate taught modules, is also is a member of the General Optical Registration and Education Committees and practices as a Locum optometrist.

PGT Director

Barbara Ryan

PGT Director

Barbara Ryan

Barbara is the Director of Postgraduate Taught Programmes in the School of Optometry and Vision Sciences at WOPEC, Cardiff University and she practices one day a week in Monmouth, providing the full range of primary eye care services available in Wales.

 

Barbara spent her early optometric career in the Hospital Eye Service in Oxford, Nigeria and Birmingham. In 1996, Barbara moved to London and became the first optometrist to work for the national charity, RNIB. Barbara has been involved in undergraduate optometric clinical teaching in Aston, Bradford and Cardiff Universities and was an Examiner for the College of Optometrists. In 2003 she moved to Cardiff to be Clinical Lead for the Low Vision Service Wales. Together with Nik Sheen she was also responsible for providing all the training, accreditation and re-accreditation for optometrists in Wales who provided the Primary Eyecare Acute Referral Scheme (PEARS), the Welsh Eye Health Examination (WEHE) and the Welsh Low Vision Service. During that time she also completed a part time PhD at Cardiff University. In 2009, Barbara and Nik Sheen became founding co-Directors of WOPEC which has had over 10,000 learners since it was established. From October 2012 to October 2016 Barbara completed a four year part time secondment as the Welsh Government as the Chief Optometric Advisor.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Clerical Assistant

Emily Sadler

Clerical Assistant

Emily Sadler

Senior E-learning and Administrative Officer

Hazel Chudley

Senior E-learning and Administrative Officer

Hazel Chudley

Office Manager

Liz Crispie

Office Manager

Liz Crispie

Liz Crispie has a host of management experience working in industry, academia and with a charity.  She has worked for Cardiff University since 2010 and enjoyed her time as the Project Officer for the Welsh Crucible Programme and as the Researcher Development Officer with the Human Resources Division.  Prior to joining Cardiff University, Liz worked in the Global Marketing Strategy Division in BT Plc for a number of years, where she was responsible for leading a pan global team of experts in customer insights, market research, product and market development. 

Liz holds a degree in Business Studies and a CiM Diploma in Marketing.  She is married with two teenage children.  

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Administrative Officer

Lydia Taylor

Administrative Officer

Lydia Taylor

Administrative Officer

Rabia Benincasa

Administrative Officer

Rabia Benincasa

Clinical Low Vision Lead

Rebecca John

Clinical Low Vision Lead

Rebecca John

Rebecca graduated from Cardiff University in 2004. having worked in a variety of high street practices and hosppital eye services, she now works as clinical lead for the Low Vision Service Wales and the Special Schools Pilot Project. She is also Clinical Advisor to the Eye Health Examinations Wales Service.

Rebecca herself has completed a range of postgradute education, from the College of Optometrists' Certificate A in glaucoma, to postgraduate modules in clinical teaching, low vision, paediatrics and disability. 

Rebecca has experience teaching at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels and has completed the College of Optometrists facilitator training course.

E-learning Officer

Rebekah Potton

E-learning Officer

Rebekah Potton

Rebekah graduated from Coventry University in 2014, obtaining a First Class in Communication, Culture and Media. Having completed a Learning Technologies internship at the University of South Wales, Rebekah has since joined the WOPEC team as an E-learning Officer. 

Tutor

Sasha Macken

Tutor

Sasha Macken

Sasha graduated from Cardiff University in 1994. She achieved her qualifying exams and continued to practice for 7 years in a large multiple opticians in Cardiff city centre.

Since 2004 she is a self employed optometrist, working in various independent and multiple practices throughout South Wales. She is accredited for MECS/EHEW and glaucoma refinement services. She is currently studying for her Masters in Clinical Optometry.

In addition to working as a locum, Sasha supervises the undergraduate clinics at the University and since 2010 is a WOPEC Clinical Tutor responsible for all aspects of postgraduate training and development.

IT Administrator

Stephanie Griffiths

IT Administrator

Stephanie Griffiths

Stef graduated from Glamorgan University in 2008, before completing a postgraduate degree in Health Psychology. For the last 2 years, Stef has worked in the Eye Clinic at Cardiff University as an Optical Assistant but has recently left her post to join the WOPEC team as an IT administrator.

MRes Programme Manager

Tony Redmond

MRes Programme Manager

Tony Redmond

Tony is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Optometry and Vision Sciences, Cardiff University. He is also Programme Lead for the Master of Research (MRes) in Vision Sciences and Deputy Director of Postgraduate Research.

Tony obtained his BSc (Hons) Optometry degree from the University of Ulster in 2004 and completed his pre-registration year at Moorfields Eye Hospital, London, in 2005. He undertook a PhD at the University of Ulster and Moorfields Eye Hospital, graduating in 2009. He has worked as a specialist optometrist at Moorfields Eye Hospital, and as a post-doctoral researcher at UCL Institute of Ophthalmology, London, and Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada, before joining Cardiff University as a lecturer in 2012. His research interests are predominantly in basic and clinical psychophysics, in the ageing eye and in ocular disease.

In addition to leading the Mres programme, he also leads the MSc research project module. 

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Finance and Administrative Officer

Viera Sujanska

Finance and Administrative Officer

Viera Sujanska