Visible Difference Workplace Equality Research

February 10, 2019

Hannah Saunders is a PhD Researcher from the University of Durham, she got in touch with us about her research exploring legal equality in the workplace for people with a visible difference. Hannah explained what her research aimed to achieve and asks whether you might like to take part…

The lovely people at Facial Palsy UK have asked me to write a little about some PhD research which I am currently doing. For this research, I am looking to interview adults who have a visible difference (any condition or injury which alters appearance, including facial palsy) who have worked or looked for work in the UK.
My research aims to:

  • understand better the experiences of people with a visible difference in relation to the job market and workplace in the UK;
  • analyse whether the law goes far enough to promote equality for people with a visible difference; and
  • suggest how, if needed, the equality rights of people with a visible difference can be better upheld.

The research has been approved by Durham University Ethics Committee. More information about me and this study can be found at:

What should I expect if I agree to be interviewed?

The first thing to say is that the interviews are friendly and informal and a chance to have your say. I am lucky to be getting to speak to so many interesting people. Interviews usually take around an hour, though certainly no more than two hours, and they will either be in your home (depending on travel distance), or by telephone. Timing of interviews is flexible, with some evenings and weekends possible as well as daytime, so you can choose a time to suit you.

What do you want to interview me about?

You don’t need to know anything about the law to take part. I am just interested in hearing about your experiences and your views. You also don’t need to have had a bad experience of the workplace or job market – I am interested in hearing about all experiences, whether positive, negative, neutral or mixed.

What happens to the information afterwards?

Once the research is complete, my findings would be used in my PhD but I’m also hoping to publish the research more widely to improve understanding on this important topic. Before publishing, I would anonymise the information provided by you by removing your name, the name of your employer and any colleagues mentioned by you, and any other identifiable information.

If you’re interested in taking part, please do let me know by email to: If you decide to get in touch, I will write to you with more detailed information and ensure that you have a chance to ask questions before deciding whether to take part in the research.

Thank you.

Get in touch with Hannah if you’d like further information and or to take part.

Download the Participant Information sheet.

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