The ESRC funds a range of data and methods services to support research and study. It provides resources needed to access high quality socio-economic data and to develop research skills.
The UK Data Service hosts the UK’s largest collection of UK and international social and economic research data. The Service is widely used by research students to access data, to obtain support and for advice on how to manage and share data.
The Centre for Longitudinal Studies (CLS) manages four British cohort studies: the 1958 National Child Development Study, the 1970 British Cohort Study, Next Steps and the Millennium Cohort Study.
CLOSER supports the use of longitudinal research. Key resources include reading lists and summaries of findings, and a search platform to help find out what data has been collected across all eight studies in the CLOSER partnership.
Understanding Society is a major longitudinal survey of around 40,000 UK households. The site contains information on the survey, as well ad research articles, reports and policy briefings based on this survey.
The Administrative Data Research Network enables accredited researchers to access securely held de-identified linked administrative data for research that has potential to benefit society.
Census and Administrative data LongitudinalL Studies Hub promotes and supports ONS LS, SLS and NILS datasets which hold up to 40 years of individual-level data including census and linked administrative data.
The National Centre for Research Methods supports researchers in developing their research skills. It hosts an extensive database of research methods training courses. We encourage students to register with the National Centre for Research Methods (NCRM).
Each service provides support and delivers training including joint training, and can be contacted if you are interested in bespoke training. The services coordinate to support postgraduate research and to organise joint events.