Scottish Longitudinal Study
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Webinar: Investigating religion in the UK – what data can I use?

Tuesday 26th November 15:00 - 16:00

This free webinar, jointly organised by Understanding Society, CeLSIUS, the SLS-DSU is designed for anyone who would like to know more about sources of survey data available for investigating religion in the UK.

Dr Yassine Khoudja, Goethe University Frankfurt, will talk about the data on religion that is available via Understanding Society and other useful data sources such as survey data for exploring religion in the UK.

This will be followed by talks about the decennial censuses which have included optional questions on religion since 2001 (and for a longer period in Northern Ireland). Dr Aly Sizer, UCL, and Dr Lee Williamson, University of Edinburgh, will present on the ONS Longitudinal Study and the Scottish Longitudinal Study respectively, explaining:

  • what questions were asked, and what data they have produced
  • how researchers can use and access the data
  • how religion changes over time for individuals, and other areas that researchers have studied

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

The webinar is suitable for both new and experienced researchers but please note that the census data discussed in the second part of the webinar 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 Aly Sizer


Or access via the CLOSER website

Other webinars in the series

This 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

The 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).

Event date: November 26, 2019 at Online

Published on 14 November 2019
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TRAINING: Introduction to using administrative data for social and health research

Edinburgh, Monday 2 December – Thursday 5 December (with optional ONS Safe Researcher training on Friday 6 December)

Interested in using linked administrative data in your research but don’t know what data is out there, how to access it, or if you have the skills needed? If you are a social or health researcher with experience of analysing survey data, or if you already work with administrative data but want to analyse multiple datasets linked together, this course is for you.

The course (run jointly by the Scottish Centre for Administrative Data Research and the Scottish Longitudinal Study Development and Support Unit) will give an introduction to administrative data, describing what it is, as well as some of the particular problems in working with this type of data and how to deal with them. Theoretical sessions will be backed up by hands-on practical sessions: using R or Stata to write syntax to tidy, clean and recode data; link datasets; manipulate data; conduct data visualisation; identify data quality issues; and fit regression models. Scottish Longitudinal Study (SLS) synthetic data will be used in the practical exercise.

Course participants who expect to access data shortly can also elect to attend free ONS Safe Researcher Training on 6th December.


·         Cost: £350 for students, £500 for others.

·         Apply: To apply to attend, complete the application form by 6 November.


Further information and booking:

Visit the course page for details and to apply, or email with any queries.

Event date: December 2 - December 5, 2019 at Edinburgh Training and Conference Venue, 16 St Mary’s Street, Edinburgh

Published on 11 September 2019
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