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.

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Key services

Find out about our data impact as we focus on the Data Impact blog, new themed impact areas and latest case studies. A spotlight on poverty, upcoming events plus datasets featured across the media.

Are you an early career researcher in the academic or VCSE sector? Applications are now open for the next round of our Data Impact Fellows scheme.

View our news from 6 January on new Census 2021 data released for England and Wales. Read some highlights from 21 December on data 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.

This session covers some fundamental theories and concepts surrounding GIS and spatial data.

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

University of Essex, UK Data Archive, Faculty of Social Sciences The UK Data Archive is seeking to appoint a Data Access and Use Assistant to join our customer-facing Data Access Services team. The post holder will support the UK Data Service’s data access and helpdesk operations. Applicants should be customer-focused, with well-developed ‘soft’ skills, particularly […]

The following new datasets have been released: SN 9042 Survey of Londoners, 2021-2022: Special Licence Access SN 9044 Wellbeing: Science and Policy: Teaching Dataset, 2023 SN 8964  2021 Census: Aggregate data SN 855789 High Energy Consumers, the Excess Project: Qualitative Data, 2018-2023 SN 856033 Centre for Climate Change and Social Transformations: Modelling Food and Diet, 2020-2050 SN […]

Read the full stories in our January 2023 newsletter. This issue of the UK Data Service newsletter has a particular focus on data impact. We include links to the Data impact blog, including a post contributed by Full Fact, an independent fact-checking campaign group. We highlight our new themed impact areas and you can read […]

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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