Education in the long run – which data are available? ShareThis


This webinar highlighted different ESRC-funded data sources for studying education. Presentation slides from the session can be accessed below.

About the webinar

The webinar is for those who would like to know more about sources of data available for investigating education. It will focus particularly on longitudinal data but also touch on available cross-sectional sources.

The session will explore:

  • The range of longitudinal data on education available from the UK Data Service, including harmonised data, such as ‘Understanding Society: Waves 1-8, 2009-2017′ and ‘Harmonised BHPS: Waves 1-18, 1991-2009‘
  • The ONS Longitudinal Study, including the data structure, available research topics (with a focus on education) and procedures for access. Some results will be  presented on how education relates to economic activity status through the life-course in a historical sample of young men and women
  • The value of using of longitudinal data for educational research purposes: case studies

The webinar featured presentations from Beate Lichtwardt (UK Data Service) and Wei Xun (CeLSIUS).

If you have any queries or require further information about this event, please contact the CLOSER Communications and Events Officer, Jennie Blows (

The webinar series was the result of a collaboration between a number of ESRC-funded resource centres working together to promote the value and use of social science data. The collaboration is made up of several organisations including: CeLSIUS, NILS_RSU, SLS-DSU, CLOSER, Understanding Society, the Centre for Longitudinal Studies (CLS), the UK Data Service, the National Centre for Research Methods (NCRM), and the three ESRC funded big data centres; the Urban Big Data Centre (UBDC), the ESRC Business and Local Government Data Research Centre (BLG) and Consumer Data Research Centre (CDRC).

About the webinar series

In March 2019, the ESRC’s funded data resources ran a series of collaborative webinars highlighting the wide range of data sources ready and waiting to be explored and utilised by researchers and academics. Split into four separate sessions, each focusing on a different research topic, the series aimed to help novice as well as experienced data users discover new data sources that could aid their own investigations. The research topics featured were:

Each hour long webinar consisted of 2-3 presentations from expert researchers, examples of how different data sources have been used in real research case studies, as well as time set aside for participants to pose questions and ask our presenters for advice.