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Glasgow Skeptics & the Longitudinal Studies Centre Scotland present: How Well Do You Know Your Population?

The SLS Team will be participating in the Glasgow Science Festival.  Join us on:

10th June
153-157 Waterstones, Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow

Doors 18:30. Event 19:00-21:00
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Published on 2 May 2019
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New Secure Researcher Training Course Dates

Dates are now available for the new Secure Researcher Training Course which is approved by the ONS and being run by ADRC-S and SLS-DSU.  The new course will replace the previous Safe Researcher Training (SURE) provided by ADRC-S.  If you previously undertook Safe Researcher Training which is still valid, then you do not have to renew this until the designated expiry date.  If your SURE training is due for renewal it would be a good idea to book on one of the courses as soon as possible to ensure your training remains current.

The Secure Training Courses will be run on:

·         25th January

·         1st February

·         15th February

·         22nd February

April dates coming soon.

This interactive course runs from 10:00 – 16:00 and will be held at NINE Edinburgh Bioquarter. Lunch will be provided.

Materials and a an online test will be provided a few days after attendance. You must pass the test in order to access data through ADRC-S, SLS or ONS.

Information is available on the ADRC-S website or register your interest: The ADRC-S will be in touch to confirm your place.

Published on 9 January 2019
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SLS Christmas Closure Period

The SLS-DSU in Ladywell House, Edinburgh will be closed from 24th December to 7th January inclusive

Wishing you all a Happy Festive Season

Published on 13 December 2018
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SLS-DSU one day closure

The SLS-DSU and Safe Setting at Ladywell House, will be closed due to staff training on Friday 18th May.  Apologies for any inconvenience.

Published on 16 May 2018
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RSU public holiday closures May 2018

Researchers should note that the RSUs will close on the following dates in May:

  • CeLSIUS and VMLs – closed Monday 7th, Monday 28th May
  • SLS-DSU – closed Monday 7th May
  • NILS-RSU – closed Monday 7th, Monday 28th May

Published on 26 April 2018
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Vacancy: Early Stage Researcher Position

Applications are invited for an Early Stage Researcher position funded by the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network “LONGPOP (Methodologies and Data mining techniques for the analysis of Big Data based on Longitudinal Population and Epidemiological Registers)” within the Horizon 2020 Programme of the European Commission.

LONGPOP is a consortium of universities, research institutions and companies located in Spain, Netherlands, Sweden, Italy, United Kingdom, Belgium and Switzerland, The successful applicant will join a network of 14 Early Stage Researchers who are already embedded in the consortium. This is a high-profile position that offers exceptional benefits ideally suited for top graduates.

This position is based in the Centre for Research on Environment Society & Health and Longitudinal Studies Centre Scotland, School of GeoSciences at the University of Edinburgh. You will join a broad, dynamic research team with interests in population health, demography and human geography. You will be expected to work with other investigators of the network, both in Edinburgh and at the other LONGPOP network institutions.

The post is available as soon as possible and is fixed term until 31st January 2020.

Closing date: 22-May-2018

Further Details and application process here

Published on 26 April 2018
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CALLS Hub Handover, Spring 2018

The Census and Administrative data LongitudinaL Studies Hub (CALLS Hub) project will be drawing to a close at the end of March 2018. We will be working closely with the LS RSUs over the next few months to ensure that our key functions will continue through them. Disruption to users will be kept to a minimum.

A web page has been set up which will be kept up to date with key changes, and our Twitter feed will also let you know what is happening.

Published on 2 February 2018
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Safe-setting Christmas closure dates 2017

This year the safe-settings for the Longitudinal Studies will be closed as follows over Christmas and the New Year:

  • NILS-RSU – closed Friday 22nd December – Monday 1st January inclusive
  • ONS LS – The ONS Secure Research Service (VML) will be closed Monday 25th December – Monday 1st January inclusive. In addition, there will be limited service on Dec 21st-22nd and on Jan 2nd so users may experience some delays on those days.
  • SLS-DSU – the safe-setting at Ladywell House will be closed from Friday 22nd December – Tuesday 2nd January inclusive

Published on 28 November 2017
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Celebrating a Decade of Research with the SLS

The Scottish Longitudinal Study Development and Support Unit (SLS-DSU) has been supporting research projects for 10 years and to mark this achievement there will be a celebratory event on Thursday 7th December 2017.

The event will showcase a selection of the many research projects which have been supported by the SLS-DSU spanning the whole decade.

For more info and to book a place, visit the Event page

Published on 11 October 2017
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New 1936 Birth Cohort Study available to researchers

The SLS Birth Cohort of 1936 (SLSBC1936) is now available to external researchers. This cohort links SLS member present in the Scottish Mental Survey of 1947 (a cognitive ability test that included almost all Scottish children born in 1936) with the SLS. The outcome of the project is a powerful life course dataset containing information from childhood to old age.

See the blog for more details.

Published on 30 March 2017
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