Access to the Secure Lab

Information about how registered users can apply for access to Controlled data via the UK Data Service Secure Lab is available below.

Access to the Secure Lab is currently only available to researchers based at a UK academic institution or an ESRC-funded research centre.

PhD and research students can also request access but will need to apply jointly with their supervisors.


Applying for access

Access to our Office for National Statistics datasets is restricted to ONS Approved Researchers under the Statistics and Registration Services Act of 2007.

Access to our non-government data is restricted to ESRC Accredited Researchers.

To apply for access to Controlled data via the Secure Lab:

  1. If you are not yet registered with the UK Data Service please visit our Registration pages and complete the registration process before continuing
  2. create an online order by adding the required dataset(s) to a registered usage via your UK Data Service account
  3. within the registered usage, click the 'Request permission' link for the required dataset(s). An order will then be submitted
  4. click the 'Accept special condition' link and the special condition text will be displayed, including a link to the Special Licence form
  5. click 'I accept' to continue, and an email will be sent to you containing the Special condition text and another link to the Special Licence form
  6. follow the link to the form which should be downloaded and then completed. You will need to provide evidence of previous research projects and publications, information about the intended use of the data and the purpose of the research
  7. sign the declaration to acknowledge that you understand the confidentiality obligations owed to these data
  8. return the completed form to
  9. a User Agreement must also be signed by you and your organisation before access is given to the Secure Lab.

If your project has additional researchers please refer to Team projects for information on how to add researchers to your project.

Complete user agreement
Attend training course
Team projects

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