Frequently asked questions about appearance, disfigurement and
Here are the answers to some questions which
we are frequently asked. If you need further information, please
contact the CAR Office.
I have a visible difference/disfigurement
which I am finding upsetting - can you help me please?
As a research centre, we do not provide
direct advice and support ourselves. However, the charity
Changing Faces is
happy to help with any concerns about disfigurement and disfiguring
conditions of any origin, whether present at birth or acquired
later in life. Their website also has details of other
organisations that may be able to help you. Also see sources of support for details of support
What is CAR?
CAR is the Centre for Appearance Research,
based in the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences at the University
of the West of England, Bristol. CAR acts as a focus and centre of
excellence for psychological and interdisciplinary research in
appearance, disfigurement and related studies. For more information
see About CAR.
I am interested in the appearance aspects
of a particular condition (eg burns, cleft); how can I find out
The CAR Publications
list may be helpful to you. It has details of the research
papers and publications written by members of the research centre.
Some of the articles are available directly from the website and
you can use the search facility to identify the papers in any
specific area. Our researchers have specific expertise in
particular areas and you may wish to contact them for further
information on current, ongoing research into particular topics.
See the CAR Members page for
our list of staff interests and expertise.
Is CAR organising any seminars or
conferences that I could attend?
We organise conferences for health care
professionals and researchers working in the areas of appearance
and disfigurement. Click here to see details of forthcoming CAR events or visit the
Appearance Matters web pages to find out about
our conference series.
I am studying psychological aspects of
appearance at school/university. How can I find information for my
The CAR Publications
list has details of the research papers and publications
written by members of the research centre. Some of the articles are
available directly from the website.
I work for a newspaper/magazine/TV company
and we are planning a piece on appearance and disfigurement. Can
you help us?
Please see CAR Media resources and/or
contact the UWE Press
Office, who will put you in touch with the relevant person. The
CAR Publications list may also be helpful to you. It has details of
the researcher papers and publications written by members of the
I would like to work in this area. Are
there any research posts currently available in CAR?