Vision Impairment Centre for Teaching And Research (VICTAR)

VICTAR brings together the teaching and research activities of colleagues in the University of Birmingham in the area of vision impairment and education.

Professional Development

This Mandatory Qualification for Teachers of Children with Visual Impairment  is a two-year programme open to teachers with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) or equivalent, seeking the Mandatory Qualification (MQ) for specialist teachers of children with vision impairment. It is also open to teachers (as well as other professionals with appropriate qualifications) working with children and young people with visual impairment who are not seeking the MQ.Autism Research.


Useful guidelines and resources.


Engaging with the sector – ESRC Festival of Social Science
On 10th November VICTAR and VIEW collaborated to host a workshop entitled ‘Supporting young people with vision impairment through post-16 transition’. This event was arranged as part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science. Various professionals who have contributed to the Longitudinal Transitions Study and provided teaching support for the MQ programme were invited to … Continue reading Engaging with the sector – ESRC Festival of Social Science

Thank you to Rory Cobb and Sue Keil
On Friday the 20th October 2017 Rory and Sue both retired from RNIB – combined, they had contributed over 50 years of work to RNIB and the field of vison impairment education.  They have done this with great skill, openness, friendliness, good humour and passion. Thank you both, and very best wishes for a happy … Continue reading Thank you to Rory Cobb and Sue Keil

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About us

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Our 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). 

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