UCL Institute of Ophthalmology


Summer school

10-16 July 2024. Bookings are currently unavailable. Please check back here in mid April.

What it is
Our Summer School is a five-day course presented by leading consultant ophthalmologists and clinical scientists from both our institute and Moorfields Eye Hospital. The course will cover current clinical and scientific aspects of the discipline.

Who it is for
The Summer school is aimed at anybody who is considering a career as an ophthalmologist, including late-stage medical students and trainee doctors. It attracts an international audience from as far afield as Australia.

10-16 July 2024 

The course will start with an introduction to Ophthalmology, structure and function of the eye, clinical history-taking and a broad range of clinical ophthalmology and cutting-edge research. As well as lectures, there will be practical sessions to give you a basic introduction to the clinical sciences allied to ophthalmology. There will also be a session on the residency application process and how to make your application stand out. There is also an opportunity to prepare a poster, with a prize on offer for the best.

  • Photos from our 2019 Summer School programme. UCL Main Campus.

    Booking currently unavailable.
The Summer School is organised by joint Deputy Director for Education, Gordon Hay

Gordon Hay has worked in Ocular Oncology for 20 years. He first worked with Mr John Hungerford & Dr Judith Kingston in the Ocular Oncology and Retinoblastoma Services at Bart's Hospital having undertaken his basic training in Ophthalmology/Ocular Oncology at Barts & The London. Dr Hay then had a career break in Australia - where he spent several years as a single-handed flying doctor and rural Medical Superintendent and Government Medical Officer in Queensland. He returned to the UK in 2004 to take up a post in Adult Ocular Oncology at Barts Hospital. In January 2015 he moved to the world-renowned Moorfields Eye Hospital where he specialises in A&E (Emergency Ophthalmology) and Ocular Oncology - working in Mandeep Sagoo’s Professorial Ocular Oncology Unit. For many years Dr Hay ran the Ophthalmology component of the Cambridge Graduate Course in Medicine. He also has 16 years' experience of teaching/lecturing to Ophthalmology trainees, Optometrists and GPs on all aspects of clinical care and examination skills. Gordon has been the clinical director of the Emergency Department since November 2019. He lectures widely to Ophthalmic trainees and optometrists on Ocular Oncology and A&E in the United Kingdom. He also has a keen interest in primary care ophthalmology and Community Optometry Service Delivery and is a keen proponent in up-skilling in the community setting. Gordon is the Service Director for A&E/Urgent Care Services at Moorfields Eye Hospital and in February 2020, was appointed Deputy Director of Education at UCL Institute of Ophthalmology. He also lectures on the UCL M.Sc. in Ophthalmology Course in Emergency Ophthalmology and Ocular Oncology and runs the UCL Summer School in Ophthalmology. Dr Hay has won numerous awards over the past few years in his A&E role and has successfully transitioned his department into the digital sphere. Moorfields A&E Has garnered 5 major national awards for Emergency Eye care - including Health Service Journal Top A&E department in the UK, Second top for trainee education in the UK, and UCL as top higher institution in the world to study ophthalmology. He is a keen proponent in upskilling ancillary staff and has incorporated advanced nursing and optometrists practitioners into the A&E setting. His department has also won three digital awards for the Attend Anywhere virtual A&E service. In September 2022 he became Associate Professor at the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology.