Scottish Longitudinal Study
Development & Support Unit
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.