Education is a key factor in shaping an individual’s life chances. It not only determines later employment chances, but also living and housing conditions, nutrition and health, participation in social life, friends and partner options and, finally, the educational opportunities and achievements of our own children.

Education is commonly regarded as the key to remaining competitive in a constantly changing, globalised world, as it is the key to meet the demands of a ‘knowledge-based economy’. The UK Data Service holds a wide and rich range of data collections suitable to shed light on all sorts of education-related research questions, from key longitudinal studies to international microdata, government data and qualitative data collections. Explore our library of impact case studies demonstrating how our data have been used. Find out how to search our catalogue.