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Professor of Disability and Special Educational Needs, University of Birmingham

Graeme is the head of the Disability Inclusion and Special Needs (DISN) department. DISN is the largest department of its kind in the UK and comprises over 25 academics researching and studying in the field of inclusion, SEN and disability. He is also the co-director of the Visual Impairment Centre for Teaching and Research (VICTAR). In that role he co-ordinates the research within the centre.

Graeme joined the School of Education, University of Birmingham, as a researcher in 1993 having completed his PhD in the area of individual differences in learning and computer-based presentation (also at Birmingham). Prior to this, he completed a degree in human psychology and computer science at Aston University.

He has broad research interests around the social and educational inclusion of visually impaired people, as well as educational outcomes and SEN generally. More specifically his research includes: visually impaired people's views and circumstances, education and visual impairment, various aspects of reading / information access and visual impairment, curriculum balance and VI/SEN, educational outcomes and transition into adulthood, research methods. Central to Graeme’s work is a commitment to representing disabled people’s views and opinions..


  • –present
    Professor of Education, University of Birmingham


  • 1993 
    University of Birmingham, PhD
  • 1990 
    Aston University, BSc Hons