Research

Members of VICTAR are actively involved in a number of funded research projects. Some of the projects are listed below (a number of which have reports which may be downloaded). A list of recent publications produced by current members of VICTAR can be found on the individual staff profiles.    

Educational research and visual impairment

Description
The RNIB have funded VICTAR to undertake a number small research and development projects concerning education (2015 - 2016)

Secondary analysis of the Labour Force Survey

Description
The aim of this work funded by RNIB is to investigate employment data which is available in this extensive data set in relation to the employment outcomes of blind and partially sighted people.

The experiences of people with dual sensory impairment attending rare syndrome clinics

Description
This research (2014 - 2015) looks at the experiences of deafblind people, as told to us in their own words, as they talk about attending specialist rare syndrome clinics.

Experiences of Personal Independence Payment (PIP) on people with sensory loss

Description
This project (2014-2015) funded by RNIB, the Thomas Pocklington Trust, and Sense explores the experiences of the DLA to PIP policy change for people who have a visual impairment or a dual sensory impairment (deafblind).

Evaluation of the future in-sight project

Description
This RNIB funded research (2013-2018), is an evaluation of the Future In-Sight project which aims to support partially sighted and blind young people as they move from compulsory education into independent adulthood.

Education of Children and Young People with Albinism in Malawi

Description
This research (from 2012-2015) 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.

Reach Forward: Making educational research count for children with disabilities in Malawi, Kenya and Uganda

Description
The Reach Forward Project funded by ESRC (2013-2015) aims to address the exclusion of children with disabilities in Africa from quality education. The project will draw on existing primary research to address a number of issues around the current educational support available for children with visual impairment and those with other disabilities, focusing on Malawi, Uganda and Kenya.

Transitions Study: longitudinal study from age 14 of blind and partially sighted young people in the UK

Description
This 5 year research project (2012-2016) funded by the RNIB and the Thomas Pocklington Trust is looking at the transition of blind and partially sighted young people from the age of 14 years of age through to employment or further education.

Barriers to access: why some children with albinism in Malawi are not attending school

Description
This British Academy funded study (Sept 2012 - May 2014) built on previous research in Malawi by Dr Pat Lund from the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences in Coventry University and Dr Paul Lynch from the School of Education. This aim of this project was to identify the key determinants preventing young people with albinism from accessing education in five rural villages in northern Malawi.

The experiences of diagnosis for people with Usher syndrome

Description
Funded by SENSE (2011-2013), this research examined the lives of people with Usher syndrome types 1, 2 and 3. The researchers talked to people at different stages in their lives to try to understand their experience of diagnosis and the impact this has on planning for life and identity.
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Visual Impairment Centre for Teaching And Research

 

This video, produced by the RNIB highlights some of the work of the ENABLER project