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

A focus on Census 2021 highlights and releases which features an exclusive podcast on ethnicity-related data. We also share news of our annual report, Beyond COVID-19 and our annual Dissertation Award.

This free conference, organised by the UK Data Service in collaboration with UCL and the National Centre for Social Research, will be held in London at UCL on 29 June 2023.

The UK Data Service provides access to a wide range of data from the 2021 Census, which is useful for the work of researchers and data professionals from a wide range of sectors.

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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Upcoming training and events


Our impact

On the Data Impact blog, Andy Dudfield from Full Fact explains the importance of fact checking and how the UK Data Service supports Full Fact’s work.

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?

Skeena Williamson and Lucinda Allen from the Health Foundation discuss levels of poverty and deprivation among social care. With a focus on residential care workers and their families in the UK and how these compared to other workers.

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.

Includes a virtual tour of ReShare, where you will learn everything you need to know in order to archive data using our self-deposit repository.

Find out what computational social science is, what it is good for, and the basic steps to follow in an ideal computational social science research project.

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

Dharmi Kapadia, Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Manchester and one of the authors of the recently published book, Racism and Ethnic Inequality in a Time of Crisis: Findings from the Evidence for Equality National Survey, has been interviewed in an exclusive podcast with the UK Data Service. In the podcast Dr Kapadia […]

University of Essex, UK Data Archive, Faculty of Social Sciences The UK Data Archive is looking to appoint a Software Testing Engineer. In conjunction with the development team, the post holder will be responsible for designing, maintaining, and optimising our software QA, testing and deployment infrastructure. Applicants should have a good knowledge of software design […]

The following new datasets have been released: SN 9091 Gambling Behaviour Quarterly Telephone Survey, 2016 SN 9077 English Housing Survey, 2020-2021: Household Data: Special Licence Access SN 9076 English Housing Survey, 2020: Housing Stock Data: Special Licence Access SN 9099 Labour Force Survey Two-Quarter Longitudinal Dataset, October 2022 – March 2023 SN 9082 Historical Datasets […]

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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