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Visual Impairment & STEM

Lead Institution: University of Bath
Collaborating with: University of Southampton, Plymouth University, Royal Agricultural College, Loughborough University, London School of Economics

Project Outputs

The Visual Impairment & STEM project resulted in a range of outputs as detailed below:

1. Collation of relevant weblinks and articles on access to STEM for those with a visual impairment

2. Production of a case study entitled What is visual impairment? to give an overview of differing types of visual impairment and issues that impact upon students with VI in education

3. Production of a case study entitled It's not what you see, it's how you see it, giving the personal experience of an academic with a visual impairment who has studied STEM

4. Design and delivery of a pre-entry taster event for students with VI at the University of Bath entitled Inspiring Students with a Visual Impairment

5. Production of a case study on Inspiring Students with a Visual Impairment to capture the process of pulling together the event so that other institutions can copy the model

6. Development of a framework and key recommendations to support the transition of students with VI to higher education following a Disability Practitioner Event, Are we doing it right? 

7. Development of 'Accessiblog', a blog providing hints, tips and links to assistive technologies used across universities and colleges to support teaching and learning in STEM subjects

8. Production of an online resource - STEM Learning & Teaching Reconfigured - as a 'one-stop-shop' for those staff involved in admissions, central services, teaching, assessments and placements, containing a range of advice and tools to instigate the better support of students with VI studying STEM subjects

9. A final report detailing the progress of the project, including challenges met and future sustainability

Staff involved

EA Draffan
Project lead, University of Southampton

Judith Waterfield
Project lead, Plymouth University

Iryna Withington
University of Bath

John Conway
Royal Agricultural College

Sharron Sturgess
Loughborough University

Simon Hayhoe
London School of Economics