Welcome to VIP@Uni!

If you are a visually impaired person (VIP) looking to start a degree in higher education, then this website might be for you. Below you will find a number of blog posts below written by VIPs who have completed a degree in higher education. 

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December 2, 2018

Being a parent can be very challenging, sometimes even more so when a child is visually impaired. For example, parents to visually impaired child might worry about which options will be available to the child, such as whether they will be able to go to university or no...

May 12, 2018

To apply to university in the UK, you have to submit an application to UCAS, which stands for Universities and College Admissions Service. In this post, I'll tell you about my experiences of applying to university through UCAS.

First a short recap. I'm a visually impair...

February 11, 2018

How do you tell others that you are visually impaired? I talk about my own experience and my strategies when it comes to informing others about your disability. 

When I went to primary school, we occasionally had new people join our class. Whenever this happened, my mot...

January 30, 2018

What does a visually impaired physicist have to think about when attending a scientific conference? This post is intended for VIPs who want to know what it's like to work as a scientist with a visual impairment, but also for organisers, speakers and poster-makers who w...

September 30, 2017

You've just been accepted on the degree course of your dreams, congratulations! Here are eight things you might want to consider before you head off to university.

All VIPs I know who have successfully completed a university degree have something in common: they are mas...

August 23, 2017

In this post, I talk about experimental physics and how a visually impaired student can get through undergraduate (and postgraduate) physics labs.

One of the things I miss while working with theoretical physics is having a warning sign on my door that says 'Warning: Las...

August 14, 2017

How can a visually impaired student see the board in lectures and seminars? Here I explain how I solved this problem and was able to follow along in theoretical physics lectures.  

In a lecture or seminar, I typically can't see what's written on the blackboard (yes...

August 9, 2017

How much can I see and how does it affect my everyday life? I explain the extent of my vision loss here to provide context for my other posts. 

As you can perhaps imagine, there are plenty of embarrassing stories that come with being visually impaired - I have ignored p...

July 29, 2017

Hi there! My name is Sofia and this is a short entry about myself. I grew up in Sweden and later moved to England to study physics at Imperial College London.

You might be curious as to why I chose to study physics. My favourite author to is Isaac Asimov, whose compelli...

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