Scottish Longitudinal Study
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UKcenLS Webinar

Fri, 10th December 10am-12pm GMT

Join us as we showcase the UK Census Longitudinal Studies (UKcenLS) datasets, along with current research using each UKcenLS unit's data.

About this event

The UKcenLS is the collective name for the 3 UK Census Longitudinal Studies datasets: the ONS Longitudinal Study (LS), the Northern Ireland LS (NILS) and the Scottish Longitudinal Study (SLS). Presentations, including an overview of each LS, sample sizes, data included, access procedures etc are given from their research support units: CeLSIUS, NILS-RSU & SLS-DSU. Plus we are showcasing exciting recent findings from researchers using each study.


Welcome - Chris Dibben, Co-Director of the SLS

Introduction to the UKcenLS datasets - from each of the 3 research support units: CeLSIUS, NILS-RSU and SLS-DSU.

Research talks:

  • The Health of Older People in Places Project - Emily Murray (UCL), using the ONS LS data
  • short break
  • Keeping it, losing it or gaining it? The loss, retention and uptake of the Irish language in Northern Ireland - John Hughes (ARU NISRA)/Ian Shuttleworth (NISRA), using the NILS data
  • The Island Effect: sociospatial associations between mental wellbeing and residence on remote Scottish islands - Kathryn Halliday & Tom Clemens (University of Edinburgh) - using the SLS data
  • Final roundup - Chris Dibben

This is a free online webinar bookable via Eventbrite


Event date: December 10, 2021 at Online

Published on 26 October 2021
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An introduction to the Scottish Longitudinal Study (SLS) Data

Friday 28th January, 2022, 10am-1300 GMT - Online event

Join us to learn about the SLS data at this free event via self-learn training material & a hands-on online lab session in R.

About this event:

(i) You will be given access to self-learn training materials (videos) which will focus on the SLS and the types of research that can be done with it, including:

-  Introduction to the SLS and what we can do with the SLS

-  Accessing the SLS and linking health data to the SLS

-  Education data, the SLS Data Dictionary and bringing in external data to your SLS project

ii) On Friday 10th Dec a live hands-on online lab session using SLS synthetic data. The session run in R will include:

-  Variable selection from a SLS project on persons not in employment, education or training (NEET)

-  Recoding variables/exploratory data analysis to get a feel for working with SLS data

Further, this drop-in open session provides an opportunity for anyone interested in using the SLS to ask questions to SLS-DSU staff on the self-learn training materials or about potential research projects using the SLS.

Please note, the self-learn modules (videos) and the SLS synthetic data will be made available in advance of the live session.

About the SLS:

The Scottish Longitudinal Study (SLS) SLS links together routinely collected administrative data for a 5.3% representative sample of the Scottish population (about 270,000 people). It includes a wealth of information from the censuses (1991-2011), vital events registrations (births, deaths, marriages), and education data from 2007 onwards. The SLS with appropriate permissions can also be linked to other health data sources including cancer registry and hospital admission data. The size and scope of the SLS make it an unparalleled resource for analysing a range of socio-economic, demographic and health questions, including those which are based on reasonably rare events. The longitudinal nature of the SLS is particularly valuable, it provides insights into the health and social status of the Scottish population and, how it changes over time. More info from:


Event date: January 28, 2022 at Online

Published on 8 November 2021
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