Welcome to the UK Data Service

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

Key services

Find all UK Data Service training and guidance in our special newsletter. Dr. Vanessa Higgins, our Service Director of User Support and Training, also provides an overview of our training programmes.

Ageing, COVID-19, crime, economics education, environment & energy, ethnicity, food, health housing, information & communication, labour, politics, poverty.

The first data from the 2021 Census has been released to the public. Read some highlights from the data for England and Wales. Find out more on the release for Northern Ireland.

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?

We explore how data in the UK Data Service collection has fed into a UK Parliament committee inquiry into measures and targets for child poverty.

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.

The latest best practice in research data management, data use and governance.

An introduction to computational social science from our training webinar.

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

To those final year students about to embark on their dissertation projects, the UK Data Service is delighted to welcome you to our new section for students. We have the guidance you need to produce your best research, based on survey data of all types. Discover more about our upcoming events, new online resources and […]

The CESSDA ELSST team at the UK Data Service are pleased to announce a new release of the CESSDA ELSST Thesaurus. Two new languages, Hungarian and Icelandic, have been included in the latest release. Staff from the Centre for Social Sciences Research Documentation Centre (TK KDK) in Hungary and DATICE (The Icelandic Social Science Data Service) worked with the ELSST […]

The following new datasets have been released: SN 9010 Annual Population Survey, July 2021 – June 2022 SN 9006 Annual Population Survey Three-Year Pooled Dataset, January 2019 – December 2021 SN 855886 Interviews With Mexico City Market Traders Regarding the Adoption of Digital Technologies and Practices for Political Purposes, 2022 SN 853311 EEG, behavioural, and physiological responses […]

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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