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Dr Ifigeneia Manitsa PhD

Teaching Fellow, School of Psychology,
University of Birmingham

Research Fellow, School of Psychology and School of Education,
University of Birmingham

Visiting Lecturer and Supervisor, Department of Psychology,
Kingston University London

About Me

I am a highly ambitious and independent researcher with eleven years of applied and pedagogical research experience of leading multidisciplinary research projects within the areas of educational inclusion, social emotional development and Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) with an emphasis on sensory impairments and vision impairment. I have demonstrated leadership in grant capture (≈£110,000 funding);

I am currently the Principal Investigator (PI) of seven research projects (including my post doc research in the University of Thessaly in Greece), four of which have received internal and external funding: developing university guidance for the social emotional needs of students with vision impairment; developing a digital intervention for children and young people with sensory impairments in mainstream schools; exploring the social emotional needs of students with life-limiting conditions and progressive disorders; investigating the mental health needs and social support provided to students in UK Higher Education


Ph.D. in the Department of Psychology, School of Law, Social and Behavioural Sciences within the Faculty of Business and Social Sciences

Oct 2017 -Nov 2022

Kingston University London, United Kingdom.

Thesis title: The social inclusion of adolescents with visual impairments: A multidimensional approach. 

MSc in Pedagogy – Primary field: Special Education, Department of Philosophy and Pedagogy

Nov 2013 – Apr 2016

Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece

Dissertation title: The experiences of studies in higher education from the perspective of students with visual impairments.

Grade: 9.20/10 (Honours Degree 1st)

Associate Fellowship of the Advance HE (formerly Higher Education Academy)

Jan 2019 – Jun 2019

Kingston University London, United Kingdom.​

Degree in School of Primary Education

2005 – 2008

Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece.

Grade: 8.02/10 (Honours Degree 2:1)

In the run-up to the @IBSAGames2023 we’re spotlighting some amazing research around visual impairment.

Here, Dr Ifigeneia Manitsa (@Ifi_Manitsa) talks about her study on the social exclusion of visually impaired children.

More information on the IBSA World Games 2023 here: IBSA World Games 2023 on the way to Birmingham | International Paralympic Committee 

IBSA World Games 2023 – IBSA International Blind Sports Federation (

Research Experience

Proficient User of advanced quantitative (SPSS, PROCESS, JASP) and qualitative research and analysis (Thematic Analysis, Conversation Analysis, and IPA). Experienced in systematic and integrative reviews, meta-analyses and in using experimental delivery software, such as Qualtrics, Gorilla and PsychoPy, and other research software, such as Zotero and Endnote.