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Review of data, statistics and research on sex and gender

This research project will explore the ways data on sex and on gender identity is collected and can be transformed.

This project runs from March to September 2024 and is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).


The loss of robust, standardised data on sex in the UK has raised concern among a range of stakeholders, including academics and policymakers. At the same time, there is evidence of wider barriers – at an institutional and societal level – to research and scholarly activity regarding sex and gender, making it difficult for open discussion to take place.

Against this backdrop, the Department for Science, Innovation and Technology (DSIT) has commissioned this independent review – terms of reference.


The review will be conducted using existing sources and interviews with stakeholders. In addition, there will be a call for evidence on barriers to research on sex and gender.

A link to the call for evidence will be provided on this page once the survey is live.

Research aims

The project aims to:

  • Identify obstacles to accurate data collection and research on sex and on gender identity in public bodies and in the research system, and
  • Set out good practice guidance for how to collect data on sex and gender identity.


Project lead


Additional information

If you wish to contact the review team, email <ioe.SullivanReview@ucl.ac.uk>

Updates will be posted from @Sullivan_Review.

Contact us

Centre for Longitudinal Studies (CLS)
Social Research Institute
IOE, UCL's Faculty of Education and Society
University College London
20 Bedford Way
London WC1H 0AL

email: clsfeedback@ucl.ac.uk