Members of VICTAR are actively involved in a number of funded research projects. Some of the more recent projects are listed below (a number of which have links to project overviews and reports which may be downloaded). A list of recent publications produced by current members of VICTAR can be found under their individual staff profiles.
Developing a pilot ‘outcomes based’ framework for mobility and independence specialists
The education of children and young people with the genetic inherited condition albinism in Malawi
This research explores some of the ways teachers can support children with albinism in Malawi through the use of inclusive education practices that can increase their participation in all school activities and enhance the quality of their learning experiences more...
The educational inclusion of children with visual impairment in developing countries
Literacy for all: developing literacy through touch in the classroom is a study promoting and tracking over one year the development of braille literacy skills of a group of primary school children who are blind in Malawi more...
The ENABLER project: experimental new action-based beneficiary led employment research
This three year research project aims to improve the employment prospects for thousands of the UK's blind and partially sighted population. The research aims to ascertain key employment needs amongst blind and partially sighted job seekers. Throughout the project, we will work with blind and partially sighted individuals to develop a standard assessment model and best practice guide, to ensure all blind and partially sighted job seekers receive the right services more...
Transitions: longitudial study from age 14 of blind and partially sighted young people in the UK
The current phase of the transitions project is funded by the Nuffield Foundation from 2012-2015 and it is looking at the transition of blind and partially sighted young people from the age of 14 years for the next five years to identify the roles of the professionals involved and the factors which improve or reduce a young person's chances of gaining employment more ...
Network 1000 seeks to survey the changing needs and circumstances of visually impaired people though a sample of 1000 visually impaired people from across the UK. Initially funded by Big Lottery Fund and VISION 2020 UK, follow up funds were provided by VISION 2020 UK, RNIB, Thomas Pocklington Trust and GDBA.
Network 1000 Survey 1, Opinions and circumstances of visually impaired people in Great Britain (PDF, opens new window)
Network 1000 Survey 1 - Finance and entitlement (PDF, opens new window)
Network 1000 Survey 1 - Scotland (PDF, opens new window)
Network 1000 Survey 2 – Access to information, services and support (PDF, opens new window)
Network 1000 Survey 2 – Access to employment, summary report (PDF, opens new window)
Network 1000 Survey 2 – Access to employment, full report (PDF, opens new window)
Braille dot height
This project investigated the braille dot elevation required when reading braille from pharmaceutical packages. The research was carried out in conjunction with the RNIB and was funded by a consortium of packaging manufacturers, pharmaceutical companies and voluntary organisations of blind and partially sight people.
Steps to Independence
This project investigated the mobility and independence needs of children with a visual impairment and how best to support their learning. /It was funded by the DfES, GDBA, Opsis, RNIB. The project report outlines recommendations for services responsible for mobility and independence education.
Thomas Pocklington Trust (TPT) commissioned projects
The Thomas Pocklington Trust have commissioned VICTAR to carry out a number of projects in the areas of evaluation of day service provision, eye clinic support services, and the needs of older people with hearing and sight loss.
The latter includes a project that explored the experiences of older people aged 50+ who have both hearing and sight loss. The project had two distinct phases: the first phase analysed two already existing datasets relating to 609 older people with hearing and sight loss (the 'Network 1000' study and the 'Cambridge study'); the second phase focused on case studies of 20 older people with hearing and sight loss.
This project investigated the potential of Moon production through braille embossers (‘dotted moon’), and its impact upon reading. It was funded by the DfES and RNIB.
Print reading and computer use
Two studies which compared computer and paper presentations of text and considered ergonomic aspects (in particular posture) of computer use. Funded by RNIB.
Standardisation of print reading scores for partially sighted print readers
This project investigated reading ability by assessing the reading of nearly 500 children with low vision using the Neale Analysis of Reading Ability. Funded by RNIB.
West Midlands RNIB social inclusion project