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Easter 2018 RSU closures


  • The Office for National Statistics will be closed from Friday 30th March to Monday 2nd April inclusive, so ‘business as usual’ will be from Tuesday 3rd April. However, UCL and therefore CeLSIUS will be closed from Thursday 29th March to Wednesday 4th April inclusive, so ‘business as usual’ will be from Thursday 5th April.


  • NILS-RSU will be closed on Monday 2nd and Tuesday 3rd April.


  • SLS-DSU will be closed Friday 30th March and Monday 2nd April.

Published on 29 March 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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SLS research to feature at forthcoming AQMeN seminar

SLS research by Prof Cristina Iannelli is to feature in a forthcoming seminar hosted by AQMeN and The Scottish Government Education Analysis Division. Prof Iannelli’s research explored the role of subject choices in secondary education on further education studies and labour market outcomes – you can find out more about the project and links to slides and outputs from the SLS project page

The forthcoming seminar on Mon 13th June is entitled “The Future of Education Data in Scotland” and will cover data from pre-school to higher education. It offers an opportunity to see how others have used education data in their work, to find out what data is available and how to request access and to consider how the rich store of data available could be used for research and for improvement.

To find out more about the event and book a place visit the Eventbrite page.

Published on 20 May 2016
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CALLS Hub Research Brief 3 now published: Long term health and socioeconomic outcomes for NEETs

The latest CALLS Hub Research Brief is now available, and was written by Zhiqiang Feng and colleagues from SLS-DSU. The brief summarises work from research commissioned by the Scottish Government on risk factors and outcomes for young people not in education, employment or training (NEET).

“In this project we explore consequences and risk factors of young people not in education, employment or training (NEET) over the past two decades. The project uses the Scottish Longitudinal Study (SLS) which links anonymised individual records from the 1991, 2001 and 2011 Censuses and a wide range of data from administrative sources. We find that being NEET is associated with adverse socioeconomic and health outcomes over the following 20-years. Individual, family, school and area-level factors are found to predict the likelihood of being NEET.”

Read the brief in full

Published on 18 April 2016
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UK LS Roadshow research presentations available to download

Research presentations from our UK LS Roadshows are now available to download! Keep an eye on our Twitter feed for announcements about our Welsh Roadshow event coming early next year.

Aberdeen & Glasgow Roadshow slides:

  • Protective effects of nurses’ health literacy: evidence from the Scottish Longitudinal Study (Dr Ian Atherton, Edinburgh Napier University)
  • NEETs in Scotland: a longitudinal analysis of health effects of NEET experience (Dr Zhiqiang Feng, University of Edinburgh)
  • Population Ageing in Scotland: Implications for Healthcare Expenditure Projections (Dr Claudia Geue, University of Glasgow)
  • How spatial segregation changes over time: sorting out the sorting processes (Prof Nick Bailey, University of Glasgow)
  • Using the Scottish Longitudinal Study to analyse social inequalities in school subject choice (Prof Cristina Ianelli, University of Edinburgh)
  • Inequalities in young adults’ access to home-ownership in Scotland: a widening gap (Prof Elspeth Graham, University of St Andrews)

Bristol Roadshow slides:

  • Family size and educational attainment in England and Wales (Prof Tak Wing Chan, University of Warwick)
  • Overall and Cause-specific Mortality differences by Partnership status in 21st Century England and Wales (Sebastian Franke, University of Liverpool)
  • Ethnic differences in intragenerational social mobility between 1971 and 2011 (Dr Saffron Karlsen)

Published on 27 November 2015
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Scottish Herald picks up on SLS NEETs project

The Scottish Herald today posted an article on the final report of the SLS project “Risk factors and consequences of young people not in education, employment or training (NEET)” which was presented to the Scottish Government. Zhiqiang Feng and his team found that being NEET after leaving school was a strong predictor for poorer health and unemployment 10 years later.

Scottish Herald: Study finds that teenage ‘neets’ are scarred for life

Zhiqiang also presented his findings at our recent Scottish Roadshows, and you can download his slides.

Published on 13 November 2015
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UK LS Roadshow 2015!

This year, CALLS Hub is hosting a series of Roadshows across the country to reach out to potential new LS users. Come along and find out more about our work, hear researchers share their results and speak to members of all three RSU teams!

For more info and to book tickets:

  • Mon 26th October, Aberdeen
  • Wed 28th October, Glasgow
  • Tues 10th November, Bristol
  • Jan 2016, Wales (details to follow)

Published on 8 September 2015
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