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January 2023


In this special edition of the UK Data Service newsletter, we highlight some of the work the impact team does to capture our research impact. We evidence the impact of the use of data we hold in research, teaching and policymaking. We also highlight the impact of the Service as an ESRC-funded data infrastructure.

The Data Impact blog shares best practice in data impact and keeps the community updated with the latest impact news, as well as our expert insight into data-driven research and policy making.

Last year, we were delighted to work with the renowned fact-checking service Full Fact, which posted how data in the UK Data Service collection support its work.

Given the importance of the releases of data from the 2021 England and Wales, and Northern Ireland, censuses, the blog has featured posts exploring the UK Data Service’s unique offering of census data from 1961 to 2021.

Any Service users and depositors who would like to be included in our blog, or featured as a case study, should please contact me to discuss how we might best feature your work - and how the UK Data Service has helped to facilitate your research.
Neil Dymond-Green, Director of Impact, UK Data Service

Focus feature

Sign up to be a Data Impact Fellow

Are you an early career researcher in the academic or VCSE sector?

Does your research use data in the UK Data Service collection?

Is your research related to one of these themes below?

  • Poverty, deprivation and the cost of living crisis.
  • Housing and/or homelessness?

Would you like support to develop your ideas for creating impact from your data-enhanced work and a £2000 award to help you fund your development?

If so, we invite you to apply for the next round of our Data Impact Fellows scheme. The closing date is 13 March 2023.

Spotlight on poverty

Poverty in data brings together different strands of the UK Data Service Impact team's work, focusing on one of our main areas of work (namely poverty, deprivation and the cost of living crisis).

During 2023, we are going to focus on identifying and promoting a range of impactful ways in which the data in our collection is used to help measure and understand poverty and deprivation. We will also examine how research can impact on policy and other important approaches, to help address these issues.

Read how data-enhanced research has already made a difference in key areas, such as work and wages, inequality, inclusion and social mobility, as well as the lives of families and children. We look forward to building on this narrative. 

Explore our range of themed impact work

Other strands to our impact work include understanding and highlighting how data can underpin research to improve lives in the areas of housing and homelessness and mental health.


Pride flag held above a crowd of waving hands at an outdoor concert. By Robin Worrall for Unsplash.
Census 2021 - gender identity and sexual orientation data released for first time

It has been described as a "landmark for inclusion" for being the first census to include questions on sexual orientation and gender identity, which people answered on a voluntary basis.

Second phase of Northern Ireland census data released

The Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA) has released the second phase of main statistics results for the 2021 Census in Northern Ireland. It includes data on housing, health, disability, and unpaid care.

NHS administrative data linked to national longitudinal cohort studies for the first time

An innovative agreement between the Centre for Longitudinal Studies (CLS) and NHS Digital has enabled the UK Data Service to offer a secure onward sharing of linked datasets for the first time ever.

New Census 2021 data released for England and Wales
New report uncovers the impact of homelessness on Black and minority ethnic communities
Racial inequalities within cost of living crisis revealed by Runnymede Trust research 
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Latest datasets and editions 

Search our data catalogue for further information about the datasets in our collection.

Users can also filter our online news stories to find the latest datasets and editions added to the data catalogue.

Additionally, you can follow us on Twitter, or join us on LinkedIn to keep up-to-date on when the latest datasets are released.

Impact case studies  

We work closely with researchers to produce case studies highlighting how data-enriched research has produced positive impacts and benefits for society:
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Upcoming training, events and webinars online

Labour Force and Annual Population Surveys User Conference 2023
2 February 2023

Safe Researcher Training
6 February 2023

Computational social science drop-in
14 February 2023

Developing area profiles using Census 2021 data
28 February 2023

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Media Watch: The UK Data Service in the news

Five take-aways from the 2022 ASHE release: a bad year for pay growth, but good news on pay inequality
From  - 28 October 2022

"Today’s release is also the first set of ASHE data since 2019 that isn’t affected by the pandemic and the furlough scheme – many of the 9 million furloughed workers (at peak) were on reduced pay, which affected estimates of pay and pay growth."

This article references data from the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings, available from the UK Data Service collection.

UN poverty envoy tells Britain this is ‘worst time’ for more austerity
From - 3 November 2022

"The United Nations’ poverty envoy has warned Rishi Sunak that unleashing a new wave of austerity in this month’s budget could violate the UK’s international human rights obligations and increase hunger and malnutrition." 

This article references data from the Annual Population Survey, the British Social Attitudes Survey, the Family Resources Survey, Households Below Average Income, the Labour Force Survey, the Living Costs and Food Survey, Understanding Society and the Wealth and Assets Survey, all available from the UK Data Service collection.

We've been studying the same people for 76 years – this is what we’ve found out about Alzheimer’s disease
From - 22 November 2022

"In March 1946, just months after the end of the second world war, James Douglas began a pioneering and extraordinary study."

This article references data from the 1970 British Cohort Study, the Millennium Cohort Study, the National Child Development Study and Next Steps, all available from the UK Data Service collection.

Lowest proportion of UK smokers on record with vaping playing 'major role' in drop
From - 8 December 2022

Some 13.3% of people aged 18 and over smoked cigarettes in 2021, the equivalent of around 6.6 million people, according to new figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS)."

This article references data from the Annual Population Survey and the Opinions and Lifestyle Survey , both available from the UK Data Service collection.

100,000 more girls playing football in England as activity levels rebound
From  - 15 December 2022

"Girls’ participation in football up dramatically in five years, and children now as active as before pandemic."

This article references data from the Active Lives Survey, available from the UK Data Service collection.

England's ageing housing stock poses 'massive health risk' in cost of living crisis
From - 19 December 2022

"Experts warn that cold, damp and mould pose a 'massive health problem' this winter as people cannot afford to heat their homes"

This article references data from the English Housing Survey, available from the UK Data Service collection.

Over 250,000 trans people in UK, as census data reports gender identity for first time
from - 9 January 2023

"More than 250,000 people in England and Wales identify as transgender, according to new census data which reveals the true picture of gender identity in Britain for the first time."

This article references data from the 2021 Census, available from the UK Data Service collection.

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Let us showcase your work

Your publications
Have you recently published research that has been informed by datasets accessed via our collection? If so, please let us know. You can message us on LinkedInTwitter or via email, and we may be able to help with publicising your work.

The research could have been produced in books, journals, newspaper articles, conference papers, or other formats, such as documentaries, podcasts and infographics.
Write for our Data Impact blog or the Case study section of our website
The Impact team would like to hear from anyone interested in writing a case study or blog about how they have used datasets in our collection to help maximise the impact of social, population and economic data in key research and policy areas. If you are interested, please get in touch with the Impact team.
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