Central to SiDE’s research endeavours are the people who will be users of new technology. To engage a broad community of people with diverse needs and abilities, the SiDE Hub has been building a pool of 3,000 users who help researchers formulate strategy and evaluate new technologies. Participants in this pool come from Scotland and North East England and cover a wide variety of ages, technology skills, abilities, and disabilities. Contact with key community organisations and charities facilitate our recruiting for User Pool activities. Participants engage in a variety of activities such as focus groups, usability evaluations, surveys, and advisory panels.

The User Pool consists of volunteers recruited from the Dundee and Newcastle areas, including people from a range of age groups with a variety of disabilities. The pool comprises the SiDE Research Pool in Dundee led by Professor Vicki Hanson and work at VOICENorth, based at the Institute for Ageing and Health (IAH) at Newcastle University, led by Dr Lynne Corner. Read more

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Technology undoubtedly has a role to play in enabling blind people to live independent lives. The news that the world’s first braille mobile phone has gone on sale is a step in the right direction but it is also clear that more people need to learn braille in the first place. Read More
Date: 30.05.2014


SiDE researchers awarded best paper accolade at the CHI 2014 conference in Toronto Read More
Date: 01.05.2014