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Webinar: Investigating language spoken in the UK – what data can I use?

25 Mar 2020 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Data skills

This free webinar, jointly organised by Understanding Society, the UK Data Service Census team and CeLSIUS, is designed for anyone who would like to know more about sources of survey data available for investigating language spoken in the UK. 

In the first part of the presentation, Dr Alita Nandi, University of Essex, will talk about language data collected in Understanding Society, a household panel survey of around 40,000 UK households. She will give a brief overview of the study and how to access the data.

This will be followed by Dr Oliver Duke-Williams, UCL, who will talk about a question asked for the first time in the 2011 Censuses - that of main language spoken (and of proficiency in English) - and about long-running questions on ability to speak, read and write Welsh, Scots, Scottish Gaelic and Irish and Ulster-Scots. The talk will cover what data are available and how they can be accessed, how researchers can use them and what they show.

The third speaker, Dr Jemima Stockton, UCL, will focus on questions about language in the census longitudinal studies and how people can use and access these data, and changes over time in speakers of different languages.

The webinar will consist of 45 minutes of presentations and 15 minutes for questions. 

The webinar is suitable for both new and experienced researchers. The data discussed in the first two parts of this webinar are available for anyone to use while the census longitudinal studies data are accessed via a safe room and are only available to researchers based in the UK.

If you have any queries or require further information about this event, please contact Dr Oliver Duke-Williams (

Other webinars in the series

webinar is one of a series of webinars about data available for
research: “ESRC data resources: Discovering data and how to use them”.
Each webinar focuses on a different research topic:

Recordings from the webinar series run in March and April 2019 about data for research on Journey to work, Ethnicity and migration, Obesity, and Education can be found on the UK Data Service and CLS web pages.

ESRC data resources collaboration

webinar series is the result of a collaboration between a number of
ESRC-funded resource centres working together to promote the value and
use of social science data.

The collaboration is made up of several organisations, including: CeLSIUS, NILS_RSU, SLS-DSU, CLOSER, Understanding Society, the Centre for Longitudinal Studies (CLS), AQMeN, the UK Data Service, the National Centre for Research Methods (NCRM), and the three ESRC-funded big data centres; the Urban Big Data Centre (UBDC), ESRC Business and Local Government Data Research Centre (BLG) and Consumer Data Research Centre (CDRC).