Senior Lecturer in Optometry and Ophthalmic Dispensing
Programme Leader in Ophthalmic Dispensing
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I graduated in 1978 and worked in full time in optical practice until 1981. I then completed an MSc on ocular wavefront aberration (1983) and a PhD on the interaction of the optics of the eye and its accommodation (1986), both under the supervision of Dr Neil Charman. All the degrees were undertaken at UMIST. During this period I taught on both the UMIST Optometry programme and the Manchester Royal Eye Hospital Orthoptics programme.
After a couple years working for Pilkington Perkin Elmer (PPE) in its research strategy group, I returned to UMIST to carry out a short post doctoral study on accommodation measurement - also in association with PPE - before taking up my present teaching post at the then Glasgow College of Technology (now GCU) in 1989. From 1991 I was also seconded part-time to teach optics and refraction for the Orthoptics programme at Queen’s College until the institutions merged.
Throughout this period I have continued to work in commercial practice at weekends to keep me in touch with the real world.
Recent research has concentrated on the design and development and evaluation of optical devices. Work with Johnathan Bannister and Scottish Health Innovations has led to the development of a device to treat phantom limb pain after amputation. Longstanding directions of investigation have been into the quality of spectacle frames and lenses and the effect of spectacles on visual performance.
I have extensive teaching interest across the spectrum of vision science programmes and short courses, and have at some point had input into almost all modules in this area at GCU. My principal area at present is optical dispensing, although I also have considerable input into the teaching of instrumentation, refraction and low vision and clinical teaching in the Eye Clinic.
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I’m a keen, but indifferent, player of renaissance and medieval stringed (and a couple of percussion) instruments, but am too mean to buy them so build my own. I’m also involved with Dark Age, 17th century and Jacobite re-enactment, enjoy working on my old(ish) motor vehicles and go cycling whenever the weather is good enough.