...an ESRC Doctoral Training Centre


Please see below for information on Training Events

For details of all ESRC training events please visit the NCRM Training Database


ESRC Data and Methods Services supporting research and providing training

The ESRC funds a range of data and methods services to support research and study.  It provides resources needed to access high quality socio-economic data and to develop research skills. These services are:

The UK Data Service: provides access to a collection of over 6,000 high quality socio-economic data sets.  It supports data users and works to improve data management.
The Centre for Longitudinal Studies (CLS) manages four British cohort studies: the 1958 National Child Development Study, the 1970 British Cohort Study, Next Steps, and the Millennium Cohort Study.

CLOSER supports the use of longitudinal research. Key resources include reading lists and summaries of findings, and a search portal to help find out what data has been collected across all nine studies in the CLOSER partnership.

Understanding Society is a major longitudinal survey of around 40,000 UK households. The site contains information on the survey, as well as research articles, reports and policy briefings based on this survey.

The Administrative Data Research Network enables accredited researchers to access securely held de-identified linked administrative data for research that has potential benefit to society.

Census and Administrative data Longitudinal Studies Hub enables researchers to access census based longitudinal data selected from census records over time as well as linked material from other administrative datasets (such as health data).

The National Centre for Research Methods supports researchers in developing their research skills.  It hosts an extensive database of research methods training courses.

Each service provides support and delivers training, including joint training and can be contacted if you are interested in bespoke training.

Social Sciences at the British Library - Useful Links

Social Sciences at the British Library introduction, case studies and videos

Social Sciences at the British Library homepage

Main British Library catalogue

There are some new short animations about getting started at the British Library on our YouTube channel

And finally, here's the page that provides information about doctoral open days.

If you would like to contact the British Library via Twitter the following contacts will be useful:

British Library Reference Services: @BL_Ref_Services (for general enquires and advice about using the collections and finding materials)
British Library: @britishlibrary (general tweets about Library activities, news and collections)