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Prof Nora Colton
Institute of Ophthalmology
11-43 Bath Street
Tel: 020-7608-4005
  • Professor of Global Vision and Eye Health Education
  • Institute of Ophthalmology
  • Faculty of Brain Sciences
  • Pro Vice Provost (Postgraduate Education)
  • UCL Arena Centre
  • VP: Education

Nora Ann Colton is Joint Director of Education at the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology and Moorfields Eye Hospital.  She is Professor of Global Vision and Eye Health Education.  She is a visiting professor in the School of Pubic Administration at the University of Electronic Science and Technology, Chengdu, China. She received her undergraduate degree in 1984 and MSc in 1986 in economics from Arizona State University. She completed an intensive Arabic programme in 1986 at Georgetown University. In 1987, she received a post-graduate diploma in Middle East Studies from the American University in Cairo. In 1993, she received her D.Phil. from Oxford University.  Her thesis was on international labour migration in Yemen. The thesis examined the economic structural changes to the Yemeni economy due to out-migration to Saudi Arabia between 1970 - 1990. The work involved primary research in the form of a survey of return migrants from Saudi Arabia funded by a Fulbright grant. Nora Colton was a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University in 1992. She assisted Professor Jeffery Williamson with research on international migration in the antebellum era in the USA funded by a National Science Foundation Grant. She also taught in the Department of Economics. From 1993 - 2010, Nora was a Professor of International Economics at Drew University where she continued to undertake research in international development of the Middle East.  She received a serial Fulbright grant in 1995 to undertake a longitudinal study of return migration from Kuwait to Jordan.  In 2008, she received a Carnegie grant to conduct fieldwork in Lebanon on the migration of Islamic militants to urban poverty belts in the Middle East.  She has been a visiting professor of economics on two occasions at the American University of Beirut. In 2011, she was appointed Dean of the Royal Docks Business School and, subsequently, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic) in 2014 at the University of East London. In the past year, she has refocused her research on international development and health economics.  She is completing a MSc in Health Economics and Pharmacoeconomics from University Pompeu Fabra, Spain.  She is Chair of the Board for Vision Aid Overseas.  She is also a trustee for the Higher Education Statistical Agency (HESA) and serves on the renumeration committee for St. Anthony's College, University of Oxford.

Teaching Summary

Nora Ann Colton is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in the UK. She has extensive experience of teaching and learning not only as a Professor of Economics, but as a senior leader in higher education.  Nora began her teaching career as a doctoral student at Oxford University. At Oxford, Nora taught a number of courses mainly in the field of international trade and finance.  She also taught while a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard in the field of macroeconomics.  In 1993, she was appointed an assistant professor of International Economics at Drew University where she developed a number of modules and programmes in the area of international trade and finance over a 16 year period earning the title of Professor of International Economics in 2006 .  She also led on the development of Drew International Seminars which were high impact experiences abroad for Drew undergraduate students.  She took students on intensive study abroad programmes to Iceland, China, Yemen, Egypt, and Dubai as well as chaired the committee for off-campus programmes at Drew. She has taught at the UG and PGT level as well as supervised theses. Over the past several years, Nora has been a higher education leader.  In this capacity, she has led on a number of teaching innovations. These include the introduction at the University of East London of a Centre for Student Success which encompassed combining student support and careers into one student facing centre. She has also been a champion of data analytics deployed to enhance the student experience and outcomes. She has given lectures across the globe on the importance of high impact activities as a key driver to a successful student experience and introduced the Global Scholars and London Scholars programmes at UEL to enhance student engagement.  Nora is also versed in elearning solutions and simulation learning which she is now engaged in deploying in the health education work that she is undertaking at UCL Institute of Ophthalmology and Moorfields Eye Hospital where she is experimenting with the use of elearning gaming for ophthalmic case studies education.

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