Published: 2 March 2006 at 12:04
Dissertation supervisors frequently remind undergraduate students of the importance of researching beyond the University Library and the Internet; third-year Anglia Ruskin business student Daniel Barton has certainly taken heed of this advice. Daniel, who is visually impaired, wanted to carry out research into why, according to the RNIB, 75 per cent of visually impaired people are currently unemployed. After undertaking the normal literature searches and sending questionnaires to various individuals and organisations, Daniel felt there needed to be something to complement his research.
He decided to write to former Secretary of State for Education and Employment and former Home Secretary David Blunkett to request an interview. Daniel received a letter from Mr. Blunkett inviting him to attend an interview in April at his offices in Portcullis House, Westminster. Daniel was subsequently afforded a one-to-one interview with Mr. Blunkett, who was more than happy to answer questions and share one or two anecdotes. Daniel found the whole experience very rewarding and feels that he has now been able to add some very rich primary data to his dissertation.
Commenting on the meeting, Daniel said:
Daniel went on to say: