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Easter & May RSU closure dates 2017

Researchers are reminded to check Easter and May closure dates for RSUs and bear this in mind when planning visits. This year the closure dates are as follows: CeLSIUS closed Thursday 13th – Wednesday 19th April inclusive ONS VML only closed Monday 17th April (however no CeLSIUS staff will be available... Read more...

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... Read more...

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... Read more...

CALLS Hub Research Brief 3 now published: Long term health and socioeconomic outcomes for NEETs

The latest CALLS Hub Research Brief is now available, and was written by Zhiqiang Feng and colleagues from SLS-DSU. The brief summarises work from research commissioned by the Scottish Government on risk factors and outcomes for young people not in education, employment or training (NEET). “In this project we explore... Read more...

Exposure to air pollution 30 years ago associated with increased risk of death

Exposure to air pollution more than 30 years ago may still affect an individual’s mortality risk today, according to new research from Imperial College London using the ONS Longitudinal Study for England and Wales. The new report comes from one of the world’s longest running air pollution studies, which included... Read more...

New CALLS Hub Research Brief: The changing links between parental housing tenure and young adults’ homeownership in England and Wales

Rory Coulter from the University of Cambridge has written our most recent Research Brief. This summarises results from an ONS LS project investigating inter-generational influences on home-ownership. “This study examines the inter-generational transmission of (dis)advantage through the housing system by analysing how young adults’ chances of entering homeownership are linked... Read more...

UK LS Roadshow research presentations available to download

Research presentations from our UK LS Roadshows are now available to download! Keep an eye on our Twitter feed for announcements about our Welsh Roadshow event coming early next year. Aberdeen & Glasgow Roadshow slides: Protective effects of nurses’ health literacy: evidence from the Scottish Longitudinal Study (Dr Ian Atherton,... Read more...

Scottish Herald picks up on SLS NEETs project

The Scottish Herald today posted an article on the final report of the SLS project “Risk factors and consequences of young people not in education, employment or training (NEET)” which was presented to the Scottish Government. Zhiqiang Feng and his team found that being NEET after leaving school was a... Read more...

UK LS Roadshow 2015!

This year, CALLS Hub is hosting a series of Roadshows across the country to reach out to potential new LS users. Come along and find out more about our work, hear researchers share their results and speak to members of all three RSU teams! For more info and to book... Read more...

Synthetic ONS LS spine data now available!

We are very excited to announce that the first LS synthetic spine is now available to download! This allows you to try out using data which closely resembles the actual ONS LS data before making an application. Find out more about the Synthetic Data project and download the data –... Read more...

ONS LS and SLS dictionaries updated

We are pleased to announce that the ONS LS and SLS dictionaries have now been updated to their latest versions in our online searchable database. This means you can now search for 2011 variables for both Studies. SLS researchers should note that a new application form is now available from... Read more...

New version of R package ‘synthpop’ now available

A new version of the R package ‘synthpop’ (1.1-0) – developed by the SLS-DSU team for generating synthetic versions of sensitive microdata for statistical disclosure control – is now available on CRAN. There have been a few improvements and bug fixes which are described in the NEWS file. Please note that... Read more...

Latest news on the online data dictionary

We hope you are finding the new joint online data dictionary useful!  Feedback so far has been extremely positive, which we are delighted to hear. Within the next 1-2 months we hope to have more updates to the system for you. The latest version of the ONS LS data dictionary... Read more...

Updated SLS step-by-step guide

Researchers planning to use the SLS for their projects are asked to note that a new Disclosure Control Protocol has now been released. The list of SHIP-approved training courses has also been updated. View the step-by-step guide for details. Read more...

ONS Consultation on Approved Researcher Status

ONS are reviewing the criteria and process used to grant Approved Researcher status, and the safeguards used to ensure the confidentiality of all personal data held by ONS, and are proposing a number of possible changes, which would address issues already identified. Make your views heard by visiting the consultation... Read more...

First CALLS Hub Research Brief now available! Inter-cohort Trends in Intergenerational Mobility

The first CALLS Hub research brief is now available! Franz Buscha and Patrick Sturgis share the findings of their work on inter-cohort trends in intergenerational mobility using the full 40 year power of the ONS LS. “In contrast to the near universal consensus amongst politicians and social commentators that social... Read more...

First SLS-DSU Newsletter now available

The first issue of the SLS-DSU Newsletter is now available to download.  Includes information about new projects, data linkage updates and information for applying to use new 2011 Census data in your SLS research. Read more...

Slides now available from SLS Linkage Launch

Slides from the very successful SLS Census linkage launch event are now available to download from the CALLS Hub Research Blog. We hope to add audio slideshows of the talks in the near future – watch this space, or follow SLS-DSU on Twitter to find out more Read more...

New SLS Approved Researcher Status

All new researchers are now required to attain Approved Researcher status by completing the SLS Approved Researcher Application Form (Word 224KB). Researchers using NHS health data are also required to complete Safe Researcher Training – see the step-by-step guide for more information. Read more...

New form for existing SLS researchers wishing to use 2011 data

As of 4th November 2014, the linked 2011 Census data are now available for research use. Any current researchers who wish to extend their SLS project may use the new shorter SLS extension form (Word 147KB). This cut-down form is only applicable if the research question and type of variables... Read more...

LSCS announce release of synthetic data creation package ‘synthpop’

Longitudinal Studies Centre Scotland (LSCS) are pleased to announce the release of the first version of the R package ‘synthpop’ for generating synthetic versions of sensitive microdata for statistical disclosure control. The package and a vignette with a worked example are available from the CRAN at http://cran.r-project.org/package=synthpop. The ‘synthpop’ package is under continual... Read more...

Census Research User Conference 2014 – call for papers

The UK Data Service are currently calling for papers from researchers based on analysis of  2011 and earlier census products including the UK LSs. We would encourage all users of the ONS LS, NILS and SLS to consider taking part. Details of last year’s conference including downloadable presentations are available. Offers of a... Read more...

UK Longitudinal Study Unit Directors welcome Census 2021 announcement (Press Release)

Directors of the Support Units of the three UK Census-based Longitudinal Studies have welcomed Thursday’s announcements from the Office for National Statistics and National Records of Scotland recommending a predominantly online census in 2021, supplemented by the further use of administrative and survey data. Read more...

New email addresses – LSCS and SLS-DSU

Contact details for the Longitudinal Studies Centre Scotland (LSCS) and Scottish Longitudinal Study Development Support Unit (SLS-DSU) have now changed!  In addition to online contact forms on the SLS and new LSCS sites, new email addresses have been set up: sls@lscs.ac.uk – for all SLS-specific contact info@lscs.ac.uk – for information about the LSCS and... Read more...

Speakers announced for UK LS 2011 Census Linkage Launch

Announcing the list of speakers for the Census 2011 launch event, to be held on Thursday 6th March 2014 at Church House, London. Featuring talks by ONS LS and NILS beta-testers. Read more...

NILS-RSU announces linkage of 2011 Census data

NILS-RSU have now announced their Census 2011 data linkage following completion of the Beta-testing process. Those interested in using the new data should visit the NILS-RSU website for more detail, including a new Application Form. Further documentation is available to download: Updated NILS Data Dictionary (ZIP 1MB of Access file 9.8MB) Information on NILS metadata (Word... Read more...

UK LS 2011 Census Linkage Launch Event, 6th March 2014

We are pleased to announce that a launch event to mark the linkage of 2011 Census data to the LSs will be held on Thursday 6th March 2014 at Church House, London. This afternoon event will include key talks by Prof Chris Dibben, Director of the Longitudinal Studies Centre Scotland,... Read more...

ONS LS announces Census 2011 data linkage

The 2011 Census data has been linked in to the ONS LS  and Beta Testing is almost complete. Subject to a successful finish, it is likely that the new dataset will be available to researchers from 25th November. A provisional, revised, Data Dictionary is available for download in zipped form. (Microsoft Access required)... Read more...

New CALLS blog post about BSPS 2013

Kevin Ralston of the SLS-DSU has written a blog entry about his impressions of BSPS 2013 which took place earlier this month at the University of Swansea.  Read Kevin’s blog post here. Read more...

New Technical Working Paper details linkages to Education data in the Scottish Longitudinal Study

A new Technical Working Paper is now available, detailing the new Scottish Longitudinal Study linkage to Education Data from ScotXed. The data consist of records from the School Census which is carried out in September every year, along with data on attendance and exclusions, including detailed reasons for the exclusions.  Attainment... Read more...

NILS-RSU announces two PhD studentships

Two fully-funded PhD studentships are to be offered by QUB as part of the successful application to the ESRC to fund the Northern Ireland Longitudinal Study Research Support Unit (NILS-RSU) from 2012 to 2017.  These will be focused around the general theme of ‘Northern Ireland in Transition 1991-2011’.  This is... Read more...

Detailed weather and pollution data now held in SLS dataset

The Longitudinal Studies Centre Scotland have recently successfully integrated detailed weather and pollution data into the SLS dataset.  Detailed pollution data at 1x1km grid squares for the whole of Scotland is available with annual average concentrations going back up to 19 years.  Weather data – with monthly averaged data for... Read more...

Geographies and ecological variables in the Scottish Longitudinal Study (SLS) – new working paper

A new Technical Working Paper for the SLS has just been published, discussing the different levels of geographies available in the study.  Geographical data are an integral part of the SLS, with the data coded onto a number of different geographies including census, health and other administrative areas at a... Read more...

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