Transport and energy are the largest contributors to UK carbon emissions. Across the University of Birmingham, we are working with industry partners to share knowledge and turn theory, through experimentation, into real-world applications, which will develop the technologies and infrastructure needed to decarbonise the energy and transport sectors.
The Birmingham Energy Institute (BEI) is driving change in the way we deliver, consume and think about energy. Working with government, industry and international partners our research is solving societal issues and addressing challenges relating to energy poverty, the circular economy, transport systems, cooling, hydrogen, energy storage and the decarbonisation of heat.
The Centre for Urban Wellbeing brings together academics from across the University of Birmingham to tackle global challenges to community health and wellbeing.
The University of Birmingham has established a Birmingham Plastics Network, an interdisciplinary team of more than 40 academics working together to shape the fate and sustainable future of plastics
Our research addresses the global challenge of supporting our increasing ageing population by encouraging an active lifestyle to help maintain physical and mental health in older generations.
Climate change and the direct impacts of increasing global temperatures and water shortages are two of the biggest challenges facing the world. Our research is addressing the impact of these fundamental global changes.
We are investigating the impacts of climate change on forests and water, people and our planet seeking sustainable solutions to real world crises.
We are developing, testing and implementing solutions to save women’s lives across the world by improving their standards of care during pregnancy and childbirth.
Developing the use of sensors and clocks in innovative, ground-breaking technologies to change the future landscapes of healthcare, transport, defence, civil engineering and more.
Academia partnering with business, investigating, developing and co-creating robust and innovative solutions to achieve responsible business success. Building the foundations for a more responsible and sustainable future.
We are working with partners across the globe to understand how to save lives at risk from poor air quality.
Challenging established views and policy responses to migration and its impact on societies in a rapidly changing world.
Birmingham academics work on major issues in international ethics and global justice and train the next generation of students to tackle these issues.
Birmingham has been at the forefront of transplants since the pioneering work of Sir Peter Medawar. Our researchers are continuing his legacy.
We explore what it means to be human – in historical and cultural contexts, within ethical and legal norms and through languages and communication.
From atoms to astronomy, computers to cars and robots to robust materials, our goal is to transform our understanding of the world to make life easier, healthier and more sustainable.
Across the breadth of life and environmental sciences, we discover, apply and translate science to forge major advances in human and environmental health.
With more than 1,000 academic staff researchers and around £80 million new research funding per year, we are dedicated to performing world-leading research with the ultimate goal of improving human health.
We address the challenges facing society and the economy, from shedding light on the refugee crisis, to character education in schools, through to developing leaders in the NHS.
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VICTAR is the largest teacher training provider in the area of vision impairment in the UK.
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The work of the Vision Impairment Centre for Teaching and Research (VICTAR) is helping to empower young people with visual impairments like Eddy, Hasun and Shamima.
A longitudinal study into the Post-16 transition experiences of young people with visual impairment.
This research will determine how and why early childhood education works in early childhood development centres, primary and special schools for children with disabilities in Malawi.
Through our research we have developed a number of guidelines and resources.
Akbayrak, K & Douglas, G 2021, 'Examining specialist teachers’ conceptualisations of their roles in supporting learners with vision impairment: a comparative analysis of Turkey and England using Bronfenbrenner’s ecological systems theory', European Journal of Special Needs Education. https://doi.org/10.1080/08856257.2021.1989129
McLinden, M, Greenway, C & Matthews, A 2021, 'Rising to the pedagogical challenges of the Fourth Industrial Age in the university of the future: an integrated model of scholarship', Higher Education Pedagogies, vol. 6, no. 1, pp. 1-21. https://doi.org/10.1080/23752696.2020.1866440
Hewett, R, Douglas, G & McLinden, M 2021, '“They were questioning whether I would even bother coming back”. Exploring evidence of inequality in “access”, “success” and “progression” in higher education for students with vision impairment', Educational Review.
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Written with my own hand: me and brailleThis months VICTAR blog comes from Ryan Lardner-Cameron. Ryan is a sixth form student at Priestley Smith School and throughout 2018-19 he is spending a day a week with us in the centre. We asked Ryan to write his thoughts in response to this article on the relevance of braille today, which we published in The … Continue reading Written with my own hand: me and braille
Reflections of studying for the Mandatory Qualification for Teachers of Children with Vision ImpairmentThis months VICTAR blog comes from John Turnbull who is Specialist Education Support Officer for Guide Dogs. John reflects on the journey he has made since starting studying for the Mandatory Qualification for Teachers of Children with Vision Impairment with us at Vision Impairment Centre for Teaching and Research. “I have now been studying with VICTAR … Continue reading Reflections of studying for the Mandatory Qualification for Teachers of Children with Vision Impairment