Scottish Longitudinal Study
Development & Support Unit



Vacancy: Methodology Research Support Officer

Come and work with us!

We are currently looking for a Methodology Research Support Officer.  Full details of the post and application procedure

Closing date 14th February 2022

We look forward to hearing from you.

Published on 18 January 2022
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SLS-DSU Festive Closure Dates

The SLS-DSU staff will finish work on 24th Dec and will respond to enquiries again from 5th January 2022.  The Safe Setting closed on 17th December and will re-open for bookings on 10th January 2022.

Please contact between 20th-24th December for Safe Setting bookings for the week of 10th January.

Wishing all our service users a very happy festive season.

Published on 16 December 2021
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An Introduction to the Scottish Longitudinal Study (SLS) Data – self-learn videos & live online R workshop

FRIDAY 28th JANUARY 2022, 10am-1pm

Join us to learn about the SLS data at this free event via self-learn training materials and 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.


Published on 8 November 2021
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UKcenLS Webinar

Fri 10th December 2021, 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.

Full Programme & Booking via Eventbrite

Free online webinar

Published on 26 October 2021
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SLS-DSU closed on Monday 20th September 2021

Ladywell House will be closed on 20/09/21 for one day.  SLS-DSU staff are still contactable by email.  Safe Setting will reopen on Tuesday 21st September for pre-booked researchers.  Apologies for the inconvenience.

Published on 13 September 2021
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New Blogs & Podcast

See 3 new blogs around ONS LS and the 2021 Census.

Listen to the CeLSIUS podcast about research using the ONS LS –  Stronger Towns: have the funds been allocated fairly?

Published on 11 May 2021
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Easter Closure Dates

Happy Easter to all our service users.  The SLS-DSU & Safe Setting will be closed on Good Friday (02/04/21) and Easter Monday (05/04/21).

Published on 31 March 2021
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SLS-DSU still open for new applications and Safe Setting bookings

January 2021 – Policy in the event of SLS Safe Setting emergency closure: 

Due to social distancing restrictions we are working with minimal staff in Ladywell House. If we need to close the Safe Setting at short notice due to adverse weather conditions, staff sickness or another emergent situation, then we will aim to contact everyone booked into the safe setting before 8.30am on the day of closure. 


Published on 22 January 2021
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Christmas Closure Dates

Wishing you all a happy and peaceful festive break

The 3 LS Research Support Units winter closure details are as follows:

  • CeLSIUS – closes at 5.30pm on Fri 18 Dec, reopening on Mon 4 Jan
  • SLS-DSU –  closes at 4pm on Thur 17 Dec to Safe Setting users and 4pm on Fri 18 Dec for staff.  Staff resume on Tues 5 Jan to check servers etc, reopening to Safe Setting users on Wed 6 Jan
  • NILS-RSU –  please see

Published on 17 December 2020
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SLS-DSU & Safe Setting is Open

We are delighted to announce the SLS-DSU and Safe Setting is open. Due to social distancing restrictions we are working with minimal staff in Ladywell House and we are restricted to two researchers in the Safe Setting at any one time.  We are giving priority to projects with imminent deadlines so are not yet able to offer access for new project extracts or extracts for project extensions.  For further advice and booking contact or SLS NRS Project Manager

Published on 28 October 2020
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