Thomas Pocklington Trust is delighted to have funded the third stage of a unique study that has followed the experiences of the same group of young people with vision impairment from secondary school into further education and employment.

The research has provided an in-depth view of these students’ experiences and has informed policy.

The longitudinal study has been carried out by the Vision Impairment Centre for Teaching and Research (VICTAR) at the University of Birmingham.

The latest findings show improvements for young people with vision impairment entering employment, but that more needs to be done.

We have worked with VICTAR to produce policy reports on the findings.

The Transition Experiences of Young People with Vision Impairment Key Findings Dec 2019

Longitudinal Transitions Report 2018

Transitions Briefing 1: Current settings and activities of participants

Transitions Briefing 2: Employment readiness


About the study

The study was designed in 2009 by a team from Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) and the Vision Impairment Centre for Teaching and Research (VICTAR) at the University of Birmingham.


Phase three commenced in November 2015 and is funded by Thomas Pocklington Trust until 2019. Previous stages have been funded by RNIB and The Nuffield Foundation.

Technical reports and briefings are available from these stages on the University of Birmingham's website: www.birmingham.ac.uk/research/victar/research/longitudinal-transitions-study/index.aspx