About us

The Visual Impairment Centre for Teaching and Research (VICTAR) was launched in Autumn 2001 and brought together the teaching and research activities of colleagues at the University in the area of visual impairment and education.

The aims of VICTAR are to:

  • undertake social and educational research in the area of visual impairment; 
  • offer training in the area of visual impairment and education through high quality and relevant professional development programmes; 
  • disseminate our work to ensure it has positive impact.

Underlying this work is the belief that:

'Through education, through research, and through access to appropriate resoure sources, the barriers to learning and participation that may be experienced by people with visual impairment can be better understood and reduced'.

Members of VICTAR

The team is part of the Department of the Disability Inclusion and Special Needs group (DISN) which is the largest group of its kind in the UK.

Professor Graeme Douglas
Professor in the School of Education, VICTAR Co-director
Email: G.G.A.Douglas@bham.ac.uk 

Professor Mike McLinden
Professor in the School of Education, VICTAR Co-director
Email: M.T.McLinden@bham.ac.uk

Rachel Hewett
Research Fellow
Email: R.G.Hewett@bham.ac.uk

Dr. Paul Lynch
Research Fellow
Email: P.Lynch@bham.ac.uk

Colleagues who also work in Sensory Needs

The Centre is part of a broader Sensory Team and works directly with colleagues in the fields of Deafness and Hearing Impairment, and Deafblindness / Multi-sensory Impairment.

Dr. Liz Hodges
Lecturer (MSI), Associate member of VICTAR
Email: E.Hodges@bham.ac.uk

Dr. Linda Watson
Lecturer (Deafness & HI)
Email: L.M.Watson@bham.ac.uk

General Enquiries

Email: victar-enquiries@bham.ac.uk

Mailing Address

Visual Impairment Centre for Teaching and Research (VICTAR)
School of Education
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston, Birmingham
B15 2TT United Kingdom

How to find us

Visitors to VICTAR can find full details of road / transport directions on the University's Location Information and Maps page.

The Centre is located in the School of Education which is Building No. 19 on the map of the Edgbaston campus. Visitors are asked to report to Reception on arrival.