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Prof Rachel North 

Educational and Professional Qualifications:

1983PhD Ophthalmic Optics, University of Wales, Cardiff.
1977Fellow of College of Optometrists.
1976MSc Occupational Safety & Hygiene, University of Aston in Birmingham.
1975BSc Hons Ophthalmic Optics, First Class, University of Aston in Birmingham.


Academic Positions:  

2006 - 2012Deputy Head, School of Optometry & Vision Sciences, Cardiff University.
2005 - present  Professor, School of Optometry & Vision Sciences,  Cardiff University      
2000 - 2005Senior Lecturer, Dept of Optometry & Vision Sciences, Cardiff University.
1983 - 2000  Lecturer, Dept of Optometry & Vision Sciences, Cardiff University.    
1981 - 1983  Associate lecturer, Dept of Optometry, UWIST  & part time practitioner,  Cardiff          
1978 - 1981  Demonstrator, Dept of Optometry, UWIST, Cardiff


School and University Roles and Committees:               

Director of Clinics             

  • School Board
  • Board member of Wales Optometric Post Graduate Education Centre (WOPEC)
  • Chair of Eye Clinic Committee
  • Member of Research Committee
  • Member of Staff Student Panel
  • Member of Teaching & Learning Committee
  • Associate Director of Wales School of Primary Care Research.


External Committees:

2006 – presentBritish Universities Colleges of Optometry Committee member
2011- 2012College of Optometrists Trustee
2009 – 2011College of Optometrist, Member of Research Committee
2011 - 2012College of Optometrists, Chair of Education Committee
2007 – presentOptometry Wales Council member
2012- present:NISCHR Primary Care Research Incentive Scheme Advisory group member
2011- present:Diabetes Research Network Wales (DRNW) Research Development Group – Diabetic Retinopathy
2007- present:   Wales Eye Health Week Strategy Committee member


Innovation and Engagement:

Presentations include:

2012NISCHR/ WSPCR Annual Conference – Falls and Balance Conference, Role of vision impairment in falls, Cardiff
2012City University, Monitoring and treatment of diabetes mellitus and its effect on retinopathy
2012City University, Diabetes –   Review of Ocular complications of diabetes mellitus.  
2012CET/CPD Boots, Up to date with Diabetes, Bristol
2011Austrian Optical Society, Diabetic Retinopathy, Vienna
2011Role of Vision Aid Overseas in the correction of refractive error, World Congress of Refractive Errors, Durban
2010South African Optometric Association.  Diabetes and its ocular complications, Durban
2010The Welsh Centre of Pharmacy Professional Education. Glaucoma – therapeutic update,
2010Cumbria Local Optical Committee – Diabetes – sweet n’ sour , Cumbria
2010College of Optometrists Annual meeting Research Key note. Diabetes Update - York April
2009North Ireland Optometric Education, Diabetic eye disease. Belfast
2009The Welsh Centre of Pharmacy Professional Education. Glaucoma – therapeutic update, Swansea
2009The Welsh Centre of Pharmacy Professional Education. Age related maculopathy -update, Swansea
2009Diabetes Update Conference, New developments in Diabetic Eye care, Cardiff



2007-2012Trustee Vision Aid Overseas (VAO)
2007-2012VAO Chairman of Education, Training and Research Task Group & Programme Implementation Team Committee member



Honorary Life Member of Vision Aid Overseas.