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.

Wales Accreditation Tutor

Ceri Probert

Wales Accreditation Tutor

Ceri Probert

Ceri graduated from Cardiff University in 2009 and spent his first few years as an optometrist in a large multiple, before practicing as a locum optometrist in wide variety of different practices across South Wales. He has a keen interest in shared care, particularly acute pathology as well as medical retina.

He is currently working towards a Masters in Clinical Optometry including a module in clinical teaching with WOPEC. His next aim is to qualify as an independent prescriber.

Wales Accreditation Tutor

Chris Evans

Wales Accreditation Tutor

Chris Evans

Chris works for a local group of opticians, practicing mostly in Aberdare and Tonypandy. He is accredited to deliver Eye Health Examination Wales services and is currently undertaking his training and accreditation to perform Low Vision assessments.

He qualified from Aston in 1999 and has since worked across South Wales as a locum. He has managed and taught in undergraduate Optometry clinics at both Cardiff and Plymouth Universities and has a keen interest in tutoring and mentoring optometrists.

Wales Accreditation Tutor

Jane Savage

Wales Accreditation Tutor

Jane Savage

Since graduating from City University, Jane has worked in independent and multiple private practices. She has worked in the hospital eye service in the UK and the Middle East as well as working as a clinic tutor and supervisor for undergraduate students in Universities in New Zealand, the Middle East and Wales. She has been an examiner in low vision for the Welsh Low Vision scheme.

Jane currently works as a self employed locum optometrist and as a hospital optometrist in Cardiff in the low vision and pediatric clinics.

Wales Accreditation Tutor

Manon Haf

Wales Accreditation Tutor

Manon Haf

Manon studied Optometry at Bradford University and achieved her professional qualifications in 1998. Initially she worked for 3 years within a multiple practice, since 2000 she practices part-time in a large independent practice group in North Wales. She is accredited to deliver enhanced eye care services; Low Vision Services Wales and Eye Health Examination Wales (EHEW).

Manon is an active member of the North Wales Regional Optical Committee. In addition to this, she is also a WECS tutor for WOPEC; managing and tutoring on numerous events for eye care professionals. She completed a post graduate Clinical Teaching for Optometrists module with Cardiff University in 2012.

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Wales Accreditation Tutor

Ngaire Franklin

Wales Accreditation Tutor

Ngaire Franklin

Wales Accreditation Tutor

Owain Mealing

Wales Accreditation Tutor

Owain Mealing

Having graduated from City University in 2005, Owain entered into his pre-registration year in a group of independent practices in the Rhonddaarea. He has continued to practice in the Rhondda working in both shared care glaucoma clinics and in independent optometric practice. He has run a successful peer review group for three years prior to becoming WECI accreditation tutor.