NTU researchers author Gender Recognition Act reform report

NTU researchers author Gender Recognition Act reform report

 September 30, 2020

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A report on the UK government’s consultation on the reform of the Gender Recognition Act 2004 has been authored by a team of researchers at Nottingham Trent University.

A team of multi-disciplinary NTU researchers

The consultation sought views on how the government might make the existing legal recognition process a better service for those trans people who wish to use it.

Responses to the consultation were collated and analysed by a large team of multi-disciplinary NTU researchers, including Professor Daniel King and Dr Maranda Ridgway from Nottingham Business School and Professor Carrie Paechter from the NTU's School of Social Sciences.

Reflecting the views of respondents 

The team received 102,000 responses and analysed 37 million words to produce the 56,000-word report, which represents what people said in response to the questions set by the government.

The government has now published the Reform of the Gender Recognition Act: Analysis of Consultation Responses report, with recommendations including modernising the process, reducing the application fee for a Gender Recognition Certificate and ensuring that transgender people can access the healthcare that they need.

Providing advice on data analysis and terminology

Professor Carrie Paechter is Director of the Nottingham Centre for Children, Young People and Families at NTU, and a researcher in identity and childhood, including gender.

She provided advice on the data analysis and on the how the terminology and language used by the respondents was reflected in the report.

Carrie said: “It was clear from analysing the responses how important these issues are to the people they affect. Some people gave very full and emotional responses to the consultation, and we thank them for their openness. We have done our best to fairly reflect all the views which were relevant to the government’s questions.”

Read more here about how the team analysed the response and drafted the report in a blog written by the lead researchers.

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