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The aim of this research is to better understand the barriers and challenges faced by trans applicants and those considering going to college and university as well as students and staff within further and higher education in Scotland.

Are you a trans applicant, student or staff member?

Complete the online survey here

We are seeking trans (incl. non-binary) current and recent applicants, students and staff within Scottish colleges and universities to take part in the research, as well as those have considered applying to, or have studied / worked in, college or university in Scotland within the last 5 years. We want to learn about your experiences and any barriers you may have faced, as well as your views on how colleges and universities can best support trans people. Complete the online survey, and/or take part in a confidential interview or focus group.

Do you work in Equality & Diversity, HR, Admissions or Student Services? Or do you have experience of supporting trans students, staff or colleagues in the HE or FE sectors?

We are seeking staff within the HE and FE sectors to contribute to the research. We want to learn about current monitoring practices, policies, guidance, and provision for support. All colleges and universities have been provided with a questionnaire to report on current practice and procedure within the institution. For queries and additional copies, please contact us.

We are also seeking staff who have experience of supporting trans applicants, students, alumni, staff or colleagues to contribute your views and professional experiences to the project. Please e-mail us at for more information.

Project Information

The research is funded by the Scottish Funding Council and delivered by the Widening Access and Equality & Diversity teams at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow.

There are three key stages of the project:

  1. 1.   Documentary analysis and mapping of current practice within Scottish HEIs and colleges.
  2. 2.   Empirical research investigating the experiences of trans applicants, students and staff.
  3. 3.   Development of practical toolkits and case studies to empower institutions to develop their policies and activities, alongside a peer support Community of Practice.

The research outputs will be available from September 2017.

Upcoming Events and Project Steering Committee

The Steering Committee oversees the research. It is comprised of academics, university staff, student union representation, and students. A proportion of Committee meetings will be open to external interested parties.

These meetings and any upcoming events will be advertised via the mailing list and Twitter.

Project Mailing List

If you would like to receive project updates by e-mail, please add your name to the list by e-mailing

Any questions?

Feel free to contact Dr Matson Lawrence, Research Associate, at or on +44 (0)141 548 3239.