Robin Clayton was appointed as a Lecturer in Optometry and Vision Science for the School of Applied Sciences at the University of Huddersfield in January 2019.
Obtaining a BSc in Optometry from Cardiff University in 2012 with first-class honours, Robin went on to undertake his pre-registration year as an optometrist in Vision Express' flagship store in the Metrocentre, Gateshead. After successfully completing his pre-registration period and qualifying in 2013, he continued to work in high-street practice in several locations across the UK, leading to him taking on a role as head optometrist/assistant manager in a brand new branch of Vision Express in Chippenham. Following this, he accepted a position as a specialist optometrist in the Hull and East Yorkshire NHS trust, where he was placed in charge of the paediatric and special needs optometry clinic, in addition to working within the specialist contact lens and medical retina services.
Robin then moved into the realm of Higher Education in 2018, accepting a position as a Senior Clinical Teacher in Optometry at The University of Manchester. Here, he was responsible for teaching across a multitude of different modules across the three years of the undergraduate Optometry degree, including the supervision and assessment of students undergoing public-facing clinical sessions, and taking the joint-lead of the 2nd year Binocular Vision module. Whilst in this employment, Robin took the opportunity to expand his expertise as an educator and develop his pedagogical philosophy by completing the 'Essential Skills in Medical Education' course run by The Association for Medical Education in Europe, which introduced him to many contemporary ideas relating to modern teaching practice.
Since joining The University of Huddersfield, Robin has been heavily involved in the development of the new BSc Optometry course based in the new science teaching block that forms part of the Joseph Priestley building, and is currently the Director of Clinics within the new University Eye Clinic. He is also looking to establish himself as a researcher, and is currently studying for his PhD alongside his teaching responsibilities.
Research Expertise and Interests
- Student-centred Learning
- Inter-disciplinary Teaching
- Paediatric and Medical Retina Optometry
- Binocular Vision, Optometric Neurophysiology
- Optics, Astrophysics and Aviation