Accessing Administrative and Sensitive Datasets through SafePods Webinar

The SafePod Network (SPN) is a new service that will provide a network of standardised safe settings (known as SafePods) across the UK to enable approved researchers to access and use sensitive datasets to better understand our society and economy. The SPN is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council and run by the Scottish Centre for Administrative Data Research. Both are part of the ADR UK.

A wealth of government datasets, as well as study and survey datasets will be available for secure access from SafePods. This will include new linked datasets created by Administrative Data Research UK (ADR UK) projects, such as the groundbreaking Data First programme at the Ministry of Justice, and most datasets held by the Office for National Statistics’ Secure Research Service, the UK Data Service and SAIL Databank.

SafePods will be primarily based at universities, removing the travel and cost barriers for researchers to attend the handful of existing dedicated safe settings in the UK.

Many researchers across South West Doctoral Training Partnership (SWDTP) Universities are already working with the types of administrative and/or sensitive datasets that will be made available through SafePods, and interest in these is now further increasing due to the pandemic.

The installation of SafePods have now been completed at the Universities of Bath, Bristol and Exeter and this webinar will provide information about the opportunities SafePods will bring, and the practical steps you will need to follow to use them.

This webinar was co-ordinated by the SWDTP, with contributions from SafePod technical leads and academics across the partnership. Researchers across all stages were welcome to attend this webinar, including undergraduates, postgraduates and academics.

Additional Materials

You can watch the webinar via the YouTube video linked at the top of this page, or, click here to access the PowerPoint presentation.