Welcome to the UK Data Service

Trusted access and training to use the UK's largest collection of economic, population and social research data for teaching, learning and public benefit.

Latest highlights

We are thrilled to announce we have secured UKRI funding through the ESRC to fund our work until 2030. Featured are how we work with depositors and our latest datasets, plus our Dissertation Award.

The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) has sealed its commitment to the collection of and provision of access to social science data, by awarding the UK Data Service £37.5 million, funding its work for the next seven years.

Research findings from the EVENS study (Evidence for Equality National Survey), which are available from the UK Data Service’s collection, are being used to help voluntary organisations and charities deliver better services for ethnic and religious minority communities.

Spotlight on the UK censuses

Census 2021 data is available and our census section highlights datasets, resources and new census explainers. Find statistics about the UK population including data on housing, health, migration and the labour market. Read our data insights for highlights and analysis.

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Our impact

Case study: Our research examines the impact of existing welfare systems and the prospective impacts of Basic Income on public health, service provision and a range of other social and economic outcomes.

On the Data Impact blog, Michela Vecchi and Catherine Robinson share their research looking at skills mismatch in the UK using the Annual Population Survey.

We are delighted to introduce the 2023 cohort of Data Impact Fellows. Read more about them in this Data Impact blog post.

Learning Hub

Visit our free training resources and on-demand webinars to enhance your data knowledge and support social science teaching.

Latest data collections and new editions

Keep up to date with the latest data and editions as they are added to our data catalogue.


Watch our data skills training webinars

Watch and learn all the latest data skills from our free webinars, training and video tutorials.

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Intended for researchers and anyone who wants to learn about research data management.

Job opportunities

Join our team to help develop data skills, inform research and influence policy by using the UK’s largest collection of social, economic and population data.

Latest news

COP28 is now underway in Dubai. The latest annual summit takes place against a backdrop of destabilised global conditions and fluctuating energy prices, as the continuing war in Ukraine allows for further erosion of international commitments to reliance on fossil fuels. Meanwhile, the worsening conflict in Gaza has thrown light on the impact of war […]

The following new datasets have been released: SN 9161 HMIP Prisoner Survey: Adults in England and Wales, 2000-2023 SN 9169 Understanding Society: Waves 1-13, 2009-2022: Special Licence Access, Census 2021 Lower Layer Super Output Areas SN 9170 Understanding Society: Waves 1-13, 2009-2022: Special Licence Access, Census 2021 Middle Layer Super Output Areas SN 9171 International […]

The following new datasets have been released: SN 856444 Multinational Companies: Qualitative Comparative Analysis for Conditions for Social Innovation and Semi-structured Interviews Examining Social Innovation, 2020-2022 SN 855581 Work, Learning and Wellbeing, 2021-2022 SN 856708 Emotional AI Survey, UK: Aggregate Data, 2022 SN 856794 Vienna Public Health Equity Project, 2023 SN 855787 Delivering Net Zero: The Role of Research, 2021 […]

Who makes us special?

Our podcast series, The Experts’ Expert, showcases some of the unique work we do to enable evidence-led research for public benefit.

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