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Dr Fergal Ennis

Dr Fergal Ennis

Senior Lecturer, BSc Optometry Director of Board of Studies

School of Optometry and Vision Sciences

+44 29208 70550
+44 (0)29 2087 4859



I am a senior lecturer on the Teaching and Scholarship pathway, having been promoted in 2015. As such, my main interests are teaching quality, although I still maintain a side interest in academic research in eye movements and peripheral visual function.


Currently, Senior lecturer, Teaching and scholarship pathway.

Formerly, I was the Director of Teaching for the School of Optometry and Vision Sciences.


PhD: University of Ulster 2001

MSc Optometry and Vision sciences: UMIST 2000

BSc: Optometry UMIST 1983

Professional memberships

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

Academic positions

  • Feb 2013- June 2015 Director of Teaching in School of Optometry and Vision Science, Cardiff University
  • Oct 2004 - 2015 Lecturer (Teaching and Scholarship),
  • 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









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

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