Department of Education

Dr Simon Hayhoe

Lecturer in education, with expertise in special needs and inclusion, the study of disability, blindness and inclusive technology

Simon Hayhoe

Admissions Tutor for
  • BA Education with Psychology
  • MA Education
BA (Hons.), MEd, PGCE, PhD

1 West North 3.16
Tel: +44 (0) 1225 38 3328



Simon is a lecturer in the Department of Education and admissions tutor for the MA Education. He is also a centre research associate in the Centre for the Philosophy of Natural and Social Science, London School of Economics. Prior to his post in Bath, Simon was Programme Director for the MA Special Needs and Inclusion and supervisor for the EdD Special Educational Needs cohort at Canterbury Christ Church University, and a member of Faculty at Sharjah Women’s College, UAE.

Simon’s current work focuses on the epistemology of disability and ability, with special reference to education, inclusion, technology and the arts. His other research interests include inclusive and assistive technology (specialising in mobile technologies), religion and disability - with a focus on Christianity and Islam - and museums and disability. He is also currently involved in an international project investigating the use of mobile technologies as tools of inclusion for disabled people in museum environments. This project is sponsored by a Horizon 2020 grant from the European Union. The research is partnered with TreeLogic (based in Madrid), the Open University, and numerous museums, associations and companies in London, Madrid and Vienna.

Simon has also previously conducted projects in this field in the US, Canada, United Arab Emirates and the UK. He has also won a number of awards in his field, including a Fulbright All Disciplines Scholar's Award for a fellowship at The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, USA) and he was a finalist in the London 2012's Great Briton's Prize. Simon has also delivered guest lectures at the Sidur Museum (Moscow), the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), Institute of Child Health at Great Ormond Street Hospital, Harvard University, London School of Economics, MIT, University of California Berkeley, Vrije Universiteit (Brussels) and the Government of the Province of Milan.

Research interests

  • Blindness
  • visual art and culture
  • Inclusive technologies
  • Epistemology of disability
  • Museum accessibility

Current projects



Hayhoe, S., 2017. Blind Visitor Experiences at Art Museums. Rowman & Littlefield.

Hayhoe, S., 2017. Forthcoming. Cultural Heritage, Ageing, Disability and Identity:Case studies of passive inclusion in cultural and heritage activities. Routledge. (Research in Museum Studies)

Hayhoe, S., 2015. Philosophy as Disability & Exclusion:The Development of Theories on Blindness, Touch and the Arts in England, 1688-2010. Information Age Publishing.

Hayhoe, S., 2012. Grounded Theory and Disability Studies:An Investigation Into Legacies of Blindness. Cambria Press.

Hayhoe, S., 2008. Arts, Culture, and Blindness:A Study of Blind Students in the Visual Arts. Cambria Press.

Hayhoe, S., 2008. God, Money, and Politics:English Attitudes to Blindness and Touch, from the Enlightenment to Integration. Information Age Publishing.

Book Sections

Hayhoe, S., 2017. When Gucci make hearing aids, I’ll be deaf:Sensory impairment in later life and a need to define it according to identity. In: Holder, S. and Assaf, L., eds. Inclusion, Disability and Culture.Vol. 1. New York, U. S. A.: Springer, pp. 77-88. (Inclusive Learning and Educational Equity; 3)

Hayhoe, S., 2017. Reflexive strategies developed during part-time field work in an English school for the blind, Worcester, 2000-2001. In: SAGE Research Methods. London, U. K.: Sage Publications.

Hayhoe, S., Pena Sanchez, N. and Bentley, K., 2017. Evaluation of a collaborative photography workshop using the iPad 2 as an accessible technology for participants who are blind, visually impaired and sighted working collaboratively. In: The 14th Annual IEEE Consumer Communications & Networking Conference Proceedings.Vol. 14. 1 ed. New Jersey: IEEE, pp. 1089-1094. (IEEE Consumer Communications & Networking Conference Proceedings; 14)

Hayhoe, S. and Pena Sanchez, N., 2017. Interactive demonstration on the use of existing apps in mobile technologies to teach basic photographic techniques to blind, visually impaired and sighted users together. In: Proceedings of the 14th Annual IEEE Consumer Communications & Networking Conference, 2017. IEEE, pp. 623-624. (Annual IEEE Consumer Communications & Networking Conference Proceedings)

Hayhoe, S., 2015. Afterword - Visual impairment, photography and art. In: Bhowmick, P., ed. See As No Other. New Delhi, India: Partridge Publishing.

Hayhoe, S., 2014. A philosophy of inclusive technology for people with special needs, and its application in a course using mobile computing devices for undergraduates at the London School of Economics. In: Gómez Chova, L., López Martínez, A. and Candel Torres, I., eds. Proceedings of the EDULEARN14: 6th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies, Barcelona, Spain. Valencia: IATED, pp. 7579-7586.

Hayhoe, S., 2014. The need for inclusive accessible technologies for students with disabilities and learning difficulties. In: Burke, L., ed. Learning in a Digitalized Age. Melton, UK: John Catt Publishing, pp. 257-274.

Hayhoe, S., 2014. Development of a sustainable disabled population in countries of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf. In: Global Sustainable Communities Handbook. Oxford, U. K.: Elsevier Inc., pp. 451-468.

Sultan, N. and Hayhoe, S., 2013. Assistive technologies for students with special needs at the Higher Colleges of Technology. In: Dowling, S., ed. E-Learning in Action.Vol. 2. Abu Dhabi, UAE: HCT Press. (HCT Educational Technology Series; 2)

Hayhoe, S., 2012. Using an iPad with a blind student:A case study at Sharjah Women’s College. In: Dowling, S., ed. E-Learning in Action. Abu Dhabi, UAE: . (Educational Technology Series; 1)

Hayhoe, S. J., 2011. Blindness, computing, cognition and culture:Four case studies of blind programmers. In: Bhattacharya, M., Mach, N. and Moallem, M., eds. Emerging Technologies in Learning. Chesapeake, VA: AACE, pp. 159-170.

Hayhoe, S., 2011. Non-visual programming, perceptual culture and MulSeMedia:case studies of five blind computer programmers. In: Ghinea, G., Andres, F. and Gulliver, S. R., eds. Multiple Sensorial Media Advances and Applications. IGI Global Publishing, pp. 80-98.

Hayhoe, S., 2003. The development of the research in the psychology of visual impairment in the visual arts. In: Axel, E. and Nina, L., eds. Art beyond sight. New York: American Foundation for the Blind, pp. 84-95.


Hayhoe, S., 2017. Review of Blind Workers Against Charity, by Matthias Reiss. Cultural and Social History

Hayhoe, S., 2017. Initial analysis from a grounded methodology study of risk taking and avoidance by students with visual impairments during visual art projects. MuseumEdu, 5, 7.

Hayhoe, S., 2016. This Mattered to Me:"Helen Keller: A Remembrance," by Berthold Lowenfeld, originally published in the May 1980 issue of the Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness, Volume 74, Number 5, pp. 169-174. Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness, 110 (3), pp. 212-213.

Hayhoe, S., 2016. The epistemological model of disability, and its role in understanding passive exclusion in eighteenth and nineteenth century Protestant educational asylums in the USA and Britain. International Journal of Christianity & Education, 20 (1), 32–48.

Hayhoe, S., Roger, K., Eldritch-Böersen, S. and Kelland, L., 2015. Developing inclusive technical capital beyond the disabled students’ allowance in England. Social Inclusion, 3 (6), pp. 29-41.

Hayhoe, S., 2015. Christianity, John M Hull and notions of ability, disability and education. International Journal of Christianity & Education, 19 (3), pp. 171-180.

Hayhoe, S., 2014. Towards a greater dialogue on disability between muslims and christians. Journal of Disability & Religion, 18 (3), pp. 242-263.

Hayhoe, S. J., 2014. An enquiry into passive and active exclusion from unreachable artworks in the museum:Two case studies of final-year students at California School for the Blind studying artworks through galleries and on the web. British Journal of Visual Impairment, 32 (1), pp. 44-58.

Hayhoe, S., 2013. The Philosophical, Political and Religious Roots of Touch Exhibitions in 20th Century British Museums. Disability Studies Quarterly, 33 (3), pp. 7-25.

Hayhoe, S., 2013. A practice report of students from a school for the blind leading groups of younger mainstream students in visiting a museum and making multi-modal artworks. Journal of Blindness Innovation and Research, 3 (2).

Hayhoe, S., 2013. Expanding our vision of museum education and perception:An analysis of three case studies of independent blind arts learners. Harvard Educational Review, 83 (1), pp. 67-86.

Hayhoe, S., 2000. The effects of late arts education on adults with early visual disabilities. Educational Research and Evaluation, 6 (3), pp. 229-249.

Conference or Workshop Items

Hayhoe, S., Tonin, C. and Lunardi, G., 2017. A Model of Inclusive Capital for Analysis of Non-Economic Human Capital. In: Decent Work, Equity and Inclusion, 2017-10-05 - 2017-10-07, Universita degli Studi di Padova,.

Hayhoe, S., 2017. Forthcoming. Mobile Devices, M-Learning & Learners With Visual Impairment:Epistemological Trends Analysed Through A Grounded Methodology Literature Review. In: International Conference of Education and e-Learning, 2017-09-25 - 2017-09-26, Hotel Fort Canning.

Hayhoe, S., 2017. The open society and its continual enemies:The need to re-balance education and develop a more critical attitude to knowledge and accepted practice. In: OXSCIE 2017 - Oxford Symposium for Comparative and International Education, 2017-06-08 - 2017-06-09, Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford University.

Hayhoe, S., 2015. A pedagogical evaluation of accessible settings in Google's Android and Apple's IoS mobile operating systems and native apps using the SAMR model of educational technology and an educational model of technical captial. Valencia, Spain: IATED, pp. 2220-2228. (INTED Conference Proceedings)

Hayhoe, S., 2013. A literature review on the use of inclusive mobile devices by people with disabilities with particular reference to educational uses in the countries of the cooperation council of the Arab states of the Gulf (GCC). In: 2013 International Conference on Current Trends in Information Technology, CTIT 2013, 2013-12-11 - 2013-12-12. IEEE Computer Society, pp. 5-10.

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