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.

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?

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

The following new datasets have been released: SN 8988 Understanding Society: Calendar Year Dataset, 2020 SN 8987 Understanding Society: Calendar Year Dataset, 2020: Special Licence Access SN 855476 Future of Legal Gender: Survey and Interview Data, 2018-2022 SN 855860 ASPIRE COVID-19: Work Package 2 National Satekholders Interviews, United Kingdom, 2020-2021 SN 855751 Bereavement During COVID-19 […]

Open to students at UK universities, the UK Data Service Dissertation Award celebrates undergraduate dissertations based on the use of archived data available through the UK Data Service. This year, Sarah Smith, Professor of Economics at the University of Bristol, and Dr Paula Devine, from ARK, Northern Ireland’s Social Policy Hub, were joined Nigel de […]

University of Essex, UK Data Archive, Faculty of Social Sciences The UK Data Archive is looking for a Data Access and Helpdesk Manager to lead the team which provides support to our users as they access the data we hold. The post holder will be a confident people manager, able to lead and develop a […]

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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