New Research Opportunity

May 30, 2024

Staffordshire University Research Opportunity: Empowering young people with cleft (aged 16-25 years) to feel confident about their appearance and sharing their image with others.

About the Project:

The researchers for this project will use a research method called PhotoVoice (This is research that utilises photographs taken and selected by participants.  Respondents can reflect upon and explore the reasons, emotions and experiences that have guided their chosen images.)

The research involves young people with cleft as ‘co-researchers’ and looks to improve understanding of how young people with cleft feel about their appearance, and the barriers they face in achieving a positive self-image.

The co-researchers (young people) will take part in a workshop that supports them to take self-images, over a timescale of five weeks.

These images, along with short written accounts of their meaning, will be shared with the group. Together with other co-researchers, they will work collaboratively to identify common thoughts and experiences as themes. These themes will be used to produce a video to be shared with clinicians and other young people with cleft.


  • Be aged 16-25 born with a cleft lip (with or without cleft palate.)
  • Be able to attend an in-person workshop on Saturday 10th August
    2024 at Staffordshire University.

Important Information

  • Each participant attending the face-to-face workshop will receive a £100 voucher and travel expenses
  • All participants will be given a free photography workshop.
  • Three participants will be selected and funded to attend a conference to co-present their research findings.

How to get involved

If you are interested in taking part or would like more information? Please contact: Julie Davies via email: [email protected] 

If you are a parent of a child who is within this age group and may be interested, please share this advertisement with them.