The Centre for Appearance Research has produced various resources across a range of media to spread knowledge about the psychology of appearance, and what we do at the Centre.

Appearance Matters Podcast

Members of CAR produce a podcast all about appearance, featuring exclusive interviews with experts in the field.

The podcast is rated 5* by iTunes, and is featured in iTunes 'New and Noteworthy' and 'What's Hot' categories for Higher Education.

Online training

Free online training for researchers new to Appearance Research

This training package does not assume any prior knowledge of the psychology of appearance and is targeted towards those who are interested in gaining a broad introduction and are embarking on their first piece of research in this area.

It consists of five modules with links to relevant readings. A certificate is available upon completing the programme. Access is free and only requires a short registration process.


The Centre for Appearance Research at UWE Bristol by Professor Steve West

UWE Bristol's Vice-Chancellor offers his views on the Centre for Appearance Research (CAR).

An introduction to the Centre for Appearance Research

The Co-Directors of CAR, Professor Diana Harcourt and Professor Nichola Rumsey, introduce the work of the Centre. They discuss why they study the subject of appearance, with contributions from James Partridge,  founder of the charity 'Changing Faces', and Alex Clarke, CAR Visiting Professor.

Why we study appearance

Our members talk about why they study the psychosocial aspects of appearance. Recent research findings and the reality of "beauty myths" are discussed.

Research with the Centre for Appearance Research

Dr Phillippa Diedrichs considers what originally attracted her to work at CAR, and James Partridge, founder of the charity 'Changing Faces', offers his views of CAR's impact.

PhD research at the Centre for Appearance Research

Melissa Pilkington, a PhD student in CAR, discusses her experiences and the advantages of conducting her research at the Centre. Professor Nichola Rumsey and Professor Diana Harcourt discuss the benefits of choosing appearance research.

Partnerships with the Centre for Appearance Research

The Centre for Appearance Research's (CAR) partnerships with clinicians and charities are discussed.

BBC Videos: Your Body Your Image

CAR's visiting Research Fellow Dr Zali Yager, and Senior Research Fellow Dr Phillippa Diedrichs, were invited to work with the BBC and One Tribe TV on a specially commissioned series of films on body image for BBC Learning.


All in the Mind

Listen to Nicky Rumsey and Diana Harcourt (Co-Directors of CAR) in a BBC Radio 4 programme on the psychology of disfigurement.

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