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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

A new dataset from the Centre on the Dynamics of Ethnicity shows disturbing ethnic inequalities in rates of financial hardship in the UK. Join our free workshop on 3 October, Introduction to the Evidence for Equality National Survey (EVENS).

We value the opinion of all our users. Please complete this short 5-minute survey about your experiences looking for data using the UK Data Service. Survey closes 29 September.

The award celebrates undergraduate dissertations based on the use of archived data available through the UK Data Service.

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

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.

Case study: How has data-enhanced research created impact on key stages of the evolution of homelessness policy in England, Scotland and Wales including on legislation, statistics and targeted programmes?

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.

An introductory workshop on data documentation intended for researchers and anyone who wants to learn how to best document research data.

Explores the underlying concepts and components of time series analysis, then a code demonstration that uses open-sourced police recorded crime statistics to visually explore these components.

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

A new dataset from the Centre on the Dynamics of Ethnicity shows disturbing ethnic inequalities in rates of financial hardship in the UK. In the three months leading up to the COVID-19 pandemic, nearly 40% of people surveyed from the Arab, Any Other background, and Mixed White and Black African background all reported that they […]

The following new datasets have been released: SN 9135 Annual Population Survey Two-Year Longitudinal Dataset, January 2021 – December 2022 SN 9142 Quarterly Labour Force Survey, Household Dataset, April – June, 2023 SN 856641 Company, Group, Patent and Inventor Data for Pharmaceuticals, 1988-2015 SN 856656 Interviews With Older Individuals Living With Acquired Brain Injury and Undergoing Physical […]

University of Essex, UK Data Archive, Faculty of Social Sciences The UK Data Archive is looking to appoint a Senior Systems Engineer to develop, monitor and continuously improve our IT infrastructure as we migrate to cloud services over the next three years. The post holder should have good all-round data skills, ideally with some programming […]

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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