UCL Institute of Ophthalmology


Our role models

The UCL Institute of Ophthalmology is proud of the achievements of our staff and students.

Here we celebrate those who have been nominated by their colleagues for promoting and advancing equality, diversity and inclusion. 

We acknowledge that there are many different ways that people interact to help one another to achieve equality, diversity and inclusion. One way is to follow policies to support staff and students - this both reflects and leads change in our working culture. Another way is to go above and beyond strictly defined job roles to actively engage with others and drive change at the Institute. 

More people will be added to this page over time. To nominate someone, please email ioo-equality@ucl.ac.uk

Joe Smith, PhD Student

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Joe joined the Institute in 2015 as a Masters student after studying for a BSc in Forensic Science at the University of West London. He quickly became involved in the ethos of the Institute and joined the Institute’s Social Committee (SoCo).  He is currently a PhD student with Professor Coffey and Dr Carr after working as a Research Technician.  Early on Joe joined the Equality Challenge Team for one year, but stayed for three, helping in both organising events for students and postdocs, and looking for ways to improve our culture around Bullying and Harassment.  He also became a leading voice in the Student Network. He has always sought to open this to all in our community, and to ensure everyone is welcome.  Joe is quick to offer assistance to anyone who asks for his help, whether teaching laboratory techniques or fixing the printer or acting as a PhD Buddy for other students.


Heather Kneale, Institue Administration Manager

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Heather joined the Institute in August 2004. In June 2018, Heather was appointed Institute Administration Manager, becoming responsible for three members of the administration team. Since her appointment, Heather has been a very supportive and flexible manager. When a member of her team has a work or personal issue, she offers her support in any capacity. Her flexible approach to work has increased productivity and morale, as she has encouraged and facilitated her team to take up flexible working options, including working from home (remember those days?). By listening to her team and guiding them they have adjusted easily to new working practices. She has an open door policy that establishes trust among her colleagues. She is an asset to the Institute.