Moorfields Eye Hospital and its research partner the UCL Institute
of Ophthalmology have appointed their first joint education lead.
The new role will strengthen training and education opportunities for eye health professionals in the UK and abroad.
Professor Nora Ann Colton will take up the post in April 2018.
Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and its joint research
partner the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology are strengthening their
training and education opportunities for eye health professionals with
the creation of their first joint education lead role. Professor Nora
Ann Colton has been appointed and will start in April 2018. She will
join the trust board at Moorfields as the director of education and will
be appointed as professor of global vision and eye health education at
In her new role, Professor Colton will lead on the implementation of
Moorfields’ and the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology’s ambitious education
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 that are available to
healthcare professionals from the UK and abroad.
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) where 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.
Moorfields Eye Charity will provide start-up funding for this new
post for two years as part of its strategic aim to support education and
training at Moorfields and the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology.
Professor Nora Ann 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.” David
Probert, chief executive at Moorfields Eye Hospital said: “Professor
Colton will play an important role in driving forward our strategic
ambition to innovate by sharing our knowledge and developing tomorrow’s
experts. This will include strengthening training and education
opportunities for eye health professionals in the UK and across the
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
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