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Vision impairment
Inclusion in higher education
Post school transitions
Life course
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Rachel Hewett is a Birmingham Fellow based at Vision Impairment Centre for Teaching and Research (VICTAR) within Department of Disability Inclusion and Special Needs. 

She joined VICTAR in February 2010, after moving over from Birmingham Clinical Trials Unit where she had reponsibility for coordinated clincial trials. Her research interests are in disability and inclusion (in particular vision impairment), encompassing inclusion in higher education, post school transitions and transitions into employment. 

Rachel acted as Co-I, and later PI, of the Longitudinal Transitions Study: a 11-year longitudinal study which tracked the post-school transition experiences of 80 young people with vision impairment. Her doctoral thesis investigated the transition experiences of young people with vision impairment into higher education. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, The Experiences of Young People with Vision Impairment Making the Transition into Higher Education

Award Date: 1 Apr 2020


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