About

The School of Optometry and Vision Sciences at Cardiff University is recognised as a centre of excellence for teaching and research across the world. For over 80 years 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. WOPEC remains the only dedicated postgraduate education centre in the world that aims to cater for all the learning needs of eye care professionals. We have more than 12,500 individuals registered to learn with us. 

Our objective is to ensure the provision of excellent education and training for optometrists and other eye care practitioners, and to produce a workforce of professionals who are able to deliver the highest quality of care to their patients.

Since its inception, WOPEC has attracted business in England (from Local Optical Committees, Commissioning Groups and the LOC Support Unit) and it has developed a portfolio of popular practical skills based courses. This is in addition to our core role in providing training and assessment for approximately 700 primary care optometrists in Wales who provide the Wales Eye Care Service.

Our learning programmes of Certificates, Higher Certificates, Diplomas and MSc in Clinical Optometry have been developed to allow students to enhance their skills and knowledge in key areas, with the opportunity to obtain quality postgraduate qualifications in a flexible and supportive environment. A wide range of modules are available to study with many including practical training. Find out more by visiting our postgraduate taught website

Dr Nik Sheen is Director of WOPEC

Dr Barbara Ryan is Director of Postgraduate Teaching

Who we are

WOPEC. We have a dedicated team of outstanding people working in WOPEC.

LOCSU. Lead Assessors are trained and accredited by WOPEC. They organise and manage local events and assessments for optometrists throughout the UK. For example, Minor Eye Conditions Services (MECS) and glaucoma assessments.

WECI. Wales Eye Care Tutors provide regional and Wales-wide training and accreditation as part of Welsh Government's education for Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians practicing in Wales.

PGT. WOPEC has an extensive postgraduate taught programme of study. Each module has a Leader who is an expert in their field of study.

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. 

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.

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Deputy Director PGT

Angela Whitaker

Deputy Director PGT

Angela Whitaker

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Clerical Assistant

Emily Sadler

Clerical Assistant

Emily Sadler

Emily graduated from Bristol UWE in 2013, and worked in the private sector until 2016, when she joined the WOPEC team in her first higher education role. Emily handles general admin, and planning for the postgraduate practical and exam days.

Commissioned work administrator

Emma Bolton

Commissioned work administrator

Emma Bolton

Emma Bolton is the administrative officer responsible for coordinating commissioned events.

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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E-Leaning administrator

Matt Doyle

E-Leaning administrator

Matt Doyle

I graduated from the University of South Wales in 2010 with a degree in Computer Science and have worked as a Learning Technologist at Cardiff University since 2014. I initially worked at the school of Social Sciences before joining the School of Optometry in 2018.

Prior to joining Cardiff University, I worked as the lead web developer for The International Space School Educational Trust, based in Penarth, where I often worked with Astronauts, Scientists, Educators and Researchers to run Summer Space Camps at King's College, London.

Clinical Low Vision Lead

Rebecca Bartlett (nee John)

Clinical Low Vision Lead

Rebecca Bartlett (nee 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.

Tutor

Sasha Macken

Tutor

Sasha Macken

Sasha graduated from Cardiff University in 1994. She achieved her professional qualifying exams and continued to practice in Cardiff. Since 2004 she has been a self-employed optometrist, working in various independent and multiple practices throughout South Wales. She is accredited for EHEW, MECS and has a Professional Certificate Glaucoma. 

Sasha Joined WOPEC in 2010 as a Clinical Tutor and is responsible for all aspects of Postgraduate training and development. She continues to supervise Undergraduate Optometry refraction and contact lens clinics and regularly works in practice.

EHEW lead

Sharon Beatty

EHEW lead

Sharon Beatty

Sharon graduated from Cardiff University in 1994 and then returned following her pre-registration year in the hospital eye service to teach undergraduates for 3 years. After working in various independent and multiple practices, she became director of two practices in South East Wales for 15 years.

She is now a locum optometrist and is studying for a Masters in Clinical Optometry at WOPEC. Sharon joined WOPEC in 2018 as Training and Accreditation Manager for the Eye Health Examination Wales Service.

E-Learning Administrator

Stephanie Griffiths

E-Learning 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