Unfiltered Lives

We are telling the stories of real people whose lives have positively changed as a result of our research. Through photography and compelling stories, Unfiltered Lives goes beneath the surface to the heart of why our researchers do what they do.

SHAMIMA

"Adjusting to visually impaired life was difficult at first, but having disabled support networks around me has helped me to find my voice."

HASUN

"I had one rejection say ‘as we are not ready to take on someone in a wheelchair, we’re not ready to take on someone with sight loss."

EDDY

"In mainstream school, I had little to no support so I struggled to access the things I needed in terms of education and provisions."

EMPOWERING YOUNG PEOPLE WITH VISION IMPAIRMENT FOR EDUCATIONAL AND SOCIAL INCLUSION

Research led by Dr Rachel Hewett and Professor Graeme Douglas is empowering young people to address barriers.

WADE, CLEONE FOODS

"In the African-Caribbean community, we haven't got large businesses which are acting as a beacon, so I am now very focused on what I can do for the next generation."

IAN & DENNIS, ID SECURITY

"Today, we share our knowledge and passion with other businesses to make sure they do not experience the same barriers."

ROSIE, MISS MACAROON

"Being a female entrepreneur, I've faced some challenges, but having a supportive network around me has really been the key to my success."

SUPPORTING BLACK AND ETHIC MINORITY BUSINESS

Research led by Professor Kiran Trehan is highlighting the value of peer-to-peer mentoring.

"Empowering young people with vision impairment"
Photography by Helen Lloyd

"Supporting black and ethnic minority business" 
Photography by Ross Jukes