New role to strengthen eye health education at Moorfields and UCL

Post date: 
Friday, 16 February 2018
Photo of Professor Nora Ann Colton

Moorfields Eye Hospital and its research partner the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology have appointed their first joint education lead.

The new role, appointed to Professor Nora Ann Colton, will strengthen training and education opportunities for eye health professionals in the UK and abroad. 
Starting in April 2018, Professor Colton will lead on the implementation of the partnership's ambitious strategy to be centre stage in developing tomorrow’s eye care experts in support of world class eye care. She will oversee innovation of a wide portfolio of courses at Moorfields and UCL.
Professor Colton has over two decades of experience in higher education and is currently the deputy vice chancellor at the University of East London (UEL). She has led on a number of initiatives to improve student engagement, contributing to a significant improvement in student satisfaction rates and graduate employability. She also established the undergraduate nursing programme at UEL and has a strong track record in overseeing the development of e-learning systems.

Professor Colton said: “Moorfields and UCL are in a unique position to shape eye care education and drive high quality learning across healthcare professions. I look forward to joining both organisations and helping to improve access to multi-professional learning that can benefit people with eye conditions around the world.”

Professor Andrew Dick, director of the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology said: “Education is a key to our future in vision research and ophthalmology for UCL together with our clinical partner Moorfields. With the exceptional vision and experience Professor Colton brings for our future educational developments, we will rapidly move together to cement education as a key profile within our organisations.”
Robert Dufton, chief executive at Moorfields Eye Charity said: “Moorfields Eye Charity is pleased to support the appointment of Professor Colton to this key post. Support for education and training at Moorfields Eye Hospital and the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology is at the heart of our new strategy and we look forward to working with Professor Colton as she develops plans to share knowledge and inspire tomorrow's experts.”

Further information

  • For more information, please contact the Moorfields Eye Hospital press office on [email protected] or call 020 7566 2628. 
  • Moorfields run regular courses with their academic partners at the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology. They provide extensive sub-speciality training in all types of modern ophthalmology for optometrists, nurses and doctors at all levels.
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