Dr. Catherine Collin

Senior Lecturer in Ophthalmic dispensing and optometry

School of Medicine

Harrington Building, HA310

+44 (0) 1772 89 6211


Catherine has practiced as an optometrist for over 24 years and has supervised in third year optometry clinics with many pre-registration students. Catherine's passion for learning, teaching and upholding excellent clinical skills has engaged her interest in the academic field and she now holds the position of Senior Lecturer in Optometry at the University of Central Lancashire. Catherine continues to work in practice on a Locum basis, for the GOC as a hearings panel member and as a CPD writer for the college of optometrists. She also examines for WOPEC in glaucoma and MECs.

Full Profile


  • 2014 DOptom (Doctor of optometry), University of Aston
  • 2003 MSc (Investigative Ophthalmology), University of Manchester
  • 1994 BSc (Hons) Ophthalmic Optics, Class 2:1, University of Cardiff
  • 2019 ESME course in medical education


  • Refraction, pathology and problem solving
  • Able to effectively mentor, supervise and teach pre-registration students and undergraduates students
  • Accredited in MECs, Glaucoma level 1&2 and cataract pre and postoperative assessments
  • A highly analytical approach to her work and attention to detail
  • Extensive knowledge and experience of the regulatory and legal issues related to Optometry
  • Ability to write learning outcomes, MCQs, OCSE’s and design summative and formative assessments
  • Experience in designing a curriculum in Optometry, including structure, content and mode of delivery
  • Ability to write and design online learning material including extensive knowledge of Microsoft packages


External Activities

2019 – current

  • CPD writer for the College or Optometrists

2018 – current

  • WOPEC examiner – Glaucoma level 2, MECs
  • Peer review Facilitator for the College of Optometrists.

2015 – current

  • GOC hearings panel member. Experience of GOC regulatory work including participation in hearings and writing determinations.



  • An audit of glaucoma referrals into Manchester Eye Hospital
  • The normal optic nerve head – comparison of associated factors including ethnicity, age, gender, refraction, IOP and BP – practice-based research on an optometric population
  • Pedagogical research in optometry


  • Area of research interest: Glaucoma and the optic nerve.
  • Pedagogical methods in optometry

Teaching activities

Provision and development of blended and online learning modules. Curriculum development and lecture writing using a range of multimedia methods for online delivery.

Clinical lead for the Optometry clinic involving design, delivery and direct supervision of students. Module lead for “Optometric Principles and monitoring for eye health” module 5


  • 1995 Registered with the General Optical Council
  • 1995 Member of College of Optometrists (MBCO)
  • 1995 Member of the Association of Optometrists
  • 2015 Member of the General Optical Council hearing panel
  • 2015 LOCSU PEARS (MECs)
  • 2015 LOCSU cataract services
  • 2017 LOCSU – Glaucoma level 1&2