Data and Statistics: UK Data Service

What is the UK Data Service?

The UK Data Service is a comprehensive resource funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) to support researchers, teachers and policymakers who depend on high-quality social and economic data.

Here you will find a single point of access to a wide range of secondary data including:

In addition to results of surveys, the UK Data Services includes the Variable and question bank, containing the questions that are asked in surveys.

Accessing the UK Data Service

The UK Data Service is available over the internet. You can access it anywhere you see a link to the UK Data Service or from the Databases A-Z list which you can also find on the Library homepage.  Links to specific sections are in the What is the UK Data Service box.

If you want to download data, you will first have to Register with the UK Data Service. Click on the Register link and complete the online form. See the Advice for new users page for further guidance on registering and downloading data. 

Please note IE10 is not compatible with the UK Data Service. On campus you may use Microsoft Edge or Firefox which can be found from the Start button. 

UK Data Service Guides

The UK Data Service has a Youtube channel, featuring videos and screencasts covering a range of topics, such as getting started and sharing research data.

UK Data Service Training Series:

UK Data Service runs free introductory level training events every spring and autumn to introduce different aspects of the Service. Below are online training events in autumn 2021. A full list of training events can be found their events pages

Getting started with secondary analysis 15 November, 10.00 - 11.30

Data in the spotlight: Census and population studies 18 November, 10.00 - 11.30

Data in the spotlight: Longitudinal data 30 November 10.00 - 11.30

Data in the spotlight: Qualitative and mixed methods data 2 December, 10.00 - 11.30

Data in the spotlight: International time series databanks 8 December, 10.00 - 11.30 

To book a place visit the UK Data Service training and events page or click on the links above.

Upcoming Library UK Data Service events

Workshop dates will be announced here  

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