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Department of Computer Science

Design principles for glancing at information by visually disabled users

Primary supervisor

Additional supervisors

  • Caroline Jay

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  • Competition Funded Project (Students Worldwide)

This research project is one of a number of projects at this institution. It is in competition for funding with one or more of these projects. Usually the project which receives the best applicant will be awarded the funding. Applications for this project are welcome from suitably qualified candidates worldwide. Funding may only be available to a limited set of nationalities and you should read the full department and project details for further information.

Project description

We wish to explore the principles for the provision of glances at information to be used by those with visual disabilities. A glance, gist or brief look is an important aspect of interaction with the world via the visual system. Impaired vision, be that through the visual system itself or through impaired provision of visual stimuli (e.g. on mobile devices), a glance is much more difficult to acquire. So, in this Ph.D. work we wish to determine the principles that underpin how to design and evaluate a glance at information, such as Web pages, for visually disabled users. An ideal outcome of the project would be evaluated guidelines that web designers could use for marking-up Web pages so that these better afford the ability for people with visual disabilities to glance at the information they contain. A secondary aim would be to see whether these same principles assist mobile device users.

The project will take a co-creation approach, where both the research and the resulting guidelines will be designed in conjunction with people with visual disabilities.

Person specification

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Applicants will be required to evidence the following skills and qualifications.

  • You must be capable of performing at a very high level.
  • You must have a self-driven interest in uncovering and solving unknown problems and be able to work hard and creatively without constant supervision.


Applicants will be required to evidence the following skills and qualifications.

  • You will have good time management.
  • You will possess determination (which is often more important than qualifications) although you'll need a good amount of both.


Applicants will be required to address the following.

  • Comment on your transcript/predicted degree marks, outlining both strong and weak points.
  • Discuss your final year Undergraduate project work - and if appropriate your MSc project work.
  • How well does your previous study prepare you for undertaking Postgraduate Research?
  • Why do you believe you are suitable for doing Postgraduate Research?