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Dr Fergal Ennis

Dr Fergal Ennis

Director of Teaching, Lecturer, BSc Optometry Director of Board of Studies

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Email
ennisf@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 29208 70550
Fax:
+44 (0)29 2087 4859

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Overview

Currently I am the Acting director of Teaching for the School of Optometry and Vision Sciences here at Cardiff. I am a lecturer on the Teaching and Scholarship pathway, and as such, my main interests are teaching quality and administration, although I still maintain a side interest in academic research.

Teaching interests.

I have been module leader for 1st year Basic Clinical Techniques and 1st year Visual Optics modules in the past. Currently, I am module leader for two 2nd year modules; Clinical Studies and Dispensing, and Binocular Vision and Optometric Neurophysiology. I am also joint module leader for one of the taught postgraduate modules (Clinical teaching for Optometrists).
I am currently an assessor and examiner for the College of Optometrists (the official body that governs the registration examination procedures) and I am regular participant in postgraduate training courses, and I have also lectured to professional groups.

My interest in teaching focusses on the development of a curriculum that supports the development of the independent learner. This involves the students increasingly taking responsibility for their own learning, supported by targeted feedback and reflective learning practices, in order to prepare students for their future career as an independent practitioner in charge of their continuing professional development.

Currently, our sought-after students gain 100% employment upon leaving the university, and the last results issued by the College of Optometrists (who administer the professional qualifying examinations) show a 100% pass rate. The current first-time pass rate of 63% is some 20% higher than the average of the other UK Optometry institutions.

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Professional memberships:

General Optical Council,
Association of Optometric Practitioners,
Member of the College of Optometrists,
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Current and recent full-time posts:

Oct. 2004 $acirc; Present: Lecturer (Teaching and Scholarship),
Acting director of Teaching in School of Optometry and Vision Science, Cardiff University
Oct. 2002 $acirc; Sept 2004: Lecturer in Dept. of Optometry and Vision Science, Cardiff University
Jan. 2001 $acirc; July 2002: Post-doctoral researcher, Discoveries in Sight, Portland, Oregon, USA
July 1997 $acirc; Dec. 2000: Research assistant, University of Ulster, N. Ireland
Nov. 1995 $acirc; June 1997: Senior optometrist, Manchester Royal Eye Hospital
July 1987 $acirc; Nov 1995: Optometrist in high street practice.
Sessional optometrist in Hospital Eye Service.

Concurrent regular part-time posts

1999 $acirc; present: PQE examiner for College of Optometrists, now Stage 1 and Stage 2 assessor and OSCE examiner
2003 $acirc; present: Tutor on pre-registration courses for Boots opticians.
2009-11 Visiting professor, University of Novi Sad, Serbia.
2013-present External examiner, Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Singapore.

Aelodaethau proffesiynol

  • General Optical Council, 
  • Association of Optometric Practitioners 
  • Member of the College of Optometrists
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Safleoedd academaidd blaenorol

  • Oct 2004 - Present- Lecturer (Teaching and Scholarship),
  • Acting director of Teaching in School of Optometry and Vision Science, Cardiff University
  • Oct 2002 - Sept 2004- Lecturer in Dept. of Optometry and Vision Science, Cardiff Universit
  • Jan 2001 - July 2002- Post-doctoral researcher, Discoveries in Sight, Portland, Oregon, USA
  • July 1997 - Dec. 2000- Research assistant, University of Ulster, N. Ireland 
  • Nov. 1995 - June 1997- Senior optometrist, Manchester Royal Eye Hospital 
  • July 1987 - Nov 1995- Optometrist in high street practice
  • Sessional optometrist in Hospital Eye Service

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Addysgu

I have been module leader for 1st year Basic Clinical Techniques and 1st year Visual Optics modules in the past. Currently, I am module leader for two 2nd year modules; Clinical Studies and Dispensing, and Binocular Vision and Optometric Neurophysiology. I am also joint module leader for one of the taught postgraduate modules (Clinical teaching for Optometrists).

I am currently an assessor and examiner for the College of Optometrists (the official body that governs the registration examination procedures) and I am regular participant in postgraduate training courses, and I have also lectured to professional groups.

My interest in teaching focusses on the development of a curriculum that supports the development of the independent learner. This involves the students increasingly taking responsibility for their own learning, supported by targeted feedback and reflective learning practices, in order to prepare students for their future career as an independent practitioner in charge of their continuing professional development.

Currently, our sought-after students gain 100% employment upon leaving the university, and the last results issued by the College of Optometrists (who administer the professional qualifying examinations) show a 100% pass rate. The current first-time pass rate of 63% is some 20% higher than the average of the other UK Optometry institutions.

Research interests.

Time constraints mean my research interests are technically limited to advising PhD students, although I have successfully supervised PhD students to completion in the past. My academic areas of interest include binocular vision (and its abnormalities), eye movements and peripheral visual function.


Recent publications:

Grating visual acuity in infantile nystagmus in the absence of image motion
Matt J. Dunn, Tom H. Margrain, J. Margaret Woodhouse, Fergal A. Ennis, Christopher M.
Harris, Jonathan T. Erichsen 2014 IOVS

Stress and Visual Function in Infantile Nystagmus Syndrome
Philip H. Jones, Christopher M. Harris, J. Margaret Woodhouse, Tom H. Margrain,
Fergal A. Ennis, Jonathan T. Erichsen 2014 IOVS

Ennis FA, Owen G, Fender S. Interprofessional teaching of communication skills at undergraduate level. in $acirc; Interprofessional education in Wales: case studies in health and social care$acirc; pp 62-73 2010. The Higher Education Academy.

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Past projects