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Next Steps is now part of CLOSER Discovery

Next Steps metadata is now available to explore in CLOSER Discovery. To celebrate this milestone, Morag Henderson introduces the study and its recent research findings.

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Part 1: New to CLOSER – introducing the Health and Employment After Fifty (HEAF) Study

HEAF was one of 11 new longitudinal studies to join the CLOSER consortium in 2020. Here, Catherine Linaker Introduces us to the study and their data while highlighting their COVID response and future aims.

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Growing Up in Scotland: before, during and after COVID-19

Line Knudsen introduces Growing Up in Scotland, discusses their COVID-19 response, and looks ahead to the study’s future.

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Working at the intersection of academia and policy: reflections on my CLOSER internship

Charis Bridger Staatz reflects on her time working at the intersection of academia and policy as part of her CLOSER internship.

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Cutting through the noise: mobilising data and generating impact during a global pandemic

As the UK moves into a new phase of its COVID-19 response, Rob Davies explores how CLOSER’s work has ensured that longitudinal data and research will remain at the forefront of the country’s response to the pandemic, now and in the future.

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Memory Matters in NICOLA

Dr Charlotte Neville, NICOLA Scientific Officer, takes us through the global battle against dementia, NICOLA’s role in supporting this and its growing international impact.

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Introducing ELSA – The English Longitudinal Study of Ageing

As part of a new series where CLOSER introduces new studies which have recently joined us, Kate Coughlin, ELSA Project Manager, introduces the study, their work on COVID-19 and its future aims.

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Have cultural occupations always been socially exclusive? Evidence from the ONS Longitudinal Study

In our latest blog, Dr Orian Brook explores evidence from the ONS Longitudinal Study that shows the long-standing social exclusiveness of cultural occupations.

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50 years of linking our lives

Jo Tomlinson introduces us to The Office for National Statistics Longitudinal Study (ONS LS) – one of 11 new studies that joined CLOSER in September 2020. Learn about the study, what they do and their plans for 2021.

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PART 3: Understanding the pandemic – What has lockdown meant for ‘families beyond households’?

In the final blog of a 3-part series by Understanding Society, Kelly Reeve looks at what the first UK lockdown meant for grandparents’ relationships with grandchildren and for parents who do not live with their children.

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