Claire McDonnell‌‌‌‌

phone:  +353 1 402 2872

Papers & Presentations

Current Roles

  • Lecturer BSc in Optometry, TU Dublin.
  • Lecturer BSc Ophthalmic Dispensing
  • First Year corrdinator BSc Optometry and BSc Ophthalmic Dispensing
  • Co-Programme Chair BSc Ophthalmic Dispensing

Modules Currently Teaching on

  • Vision Science One: Year 1 (module coordinator)
  • Quantitative Methods in Dispensing: Year 1 (module coordinator)
  • Contact Lens Practice One: Year 2 (module coordinator)
  • Contact Lens Practice Two: Year 3
  • Final Year Project: Year 4
  • Supervised Practice: Year 4

Grants Received

  • Seed Funding grant from DIT Students Learning with Communities 2009. (link)
  • Innovative teaching grant. SIF II. 2009
  • National digital learning repository grant 2010
  • Charitable funding from the DIT foundation 2010
  • Train the trainers grant. DIT staff training and development 2010
  • Dissemination Funding Grant. DIT LTTC. 2011
  • Dissemination funding. AOI 2012
  • Learning, teaching and assessment grant. DIT LTTC. 2013
  • Widening Participation Grant. TU4D Widening Participation Fund. 2016

Previous Relevant Work Experience

1997 – 2007 Work as optometrist in Ireland, the UK and New Zealand.
2006 – 2007 Head optometrist for Optimax - UK chain of refractive surgery clinics (part time).
2003 – 2007 Lecturer in City and Islington College London. Diploma in Dispensing Optics. (Part time).


Association of Optometrists Ireland.
European Academy of Optometry and Optics
Irish Contact Lens Society
BUCCLE (British and Irish University and College Contact Lens Educators)


Optical Registration Board, (CORU), Ireland
General Optical Council, UK.

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Other Work

  • Voluntary ophthalmic services overseas trip to Samoa 2000
  • Visioncare for the Homeless. London 2006
  • Vision Aid Overseas trip to Zambia 2008 and Uganda 2010, 2011
  • PR for Mozambique Eyecare Project 2008
  • CPD training Mozambique 2012
  • Opticians Board advisory panel: dispensing exam syllabus. 2012
  • Asessor for opticians board (dispensing register). 2015
  • Case studies examiner for European Academy Fellowship 2015, 2016
  • Paediatric screening and testing trip. Bulgaria 2017
  • Vision testing of pre-school children, Westwood Creche, Clontarf. 2018
  • Peer reviewer for the ABDO journal "Dispensing Optics" 2018

Post Graduate Study

  • Post graduate certificate of credit in refractive surgery. City University, London. 2005.
  • Post graduate diploma in teaching and learning. DIT. 2011
  • Post graduate certificate of credit in paediatric optometry. City University. London. 2011
  • MSc in applied elearning DIT, 2015

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