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Trans Learning Partnership (TLP)

A trans and non-binary research and development programme. Sharing knowledge, experience and good practice to directly improve lives.

Drive the development of a robust service and advocacy-oriented evidence base, enabling trans services and their service users to have needs-based, impactful services.

The new Trans Learning Partnership* (TLP), led by Spectra, is currently in its development phase of a larger programme. City Bridge Trust, the City of London Corporation’s charitable funder, provides funding for this 18-month period. The aim of this phase is to establish a platform to share and evaluate service level information, outcomes and good practice, and identify key research pieces, for which further academic funding will be sought.

With the support from City Bridge Trust, the dynamic new Trans Learning Partnership can begin development of its 4 year programme; identifying and co-producing research, with trans people at its core, that will result in better services for trans and non-binary people in future.  For the first time, we will also have a monitoring and evaluation platform that allows us to transition tacit knowledge held in our organisations into widely disseminated, utilisable information, improving services for many trans people’.


TLP believe we can share knowledge, experience and good practice as well as support the development of research that will directly impact how services are conceived and delivered in future.

Together, the TLP partners are committed to a community participatory model of working, putting trans and non-binary people at the centre of the conception, design, guidance and delivery of all elements of the programme. Our decision-making group is structured so that trans and non-binary people always have the casting votes.

TLP Research Coordinator

Dr Ruth Pearce is our coordinator for this programme. You can find out more about Ruth through her website or follow her on twitter.




*The Trans Learning Partnership consists of 4 trans and non-binary community participants, 2 academics and 4 representatives of agencies delivering services directly with trans people – Spectra, Mermaids, Gendered Intelligence and LGBT Foundation.  The academic institutions are Nottingham University and Goldsmiths, University of London.