Consortium of European Social Science Data Archives

UK Data Service

UK Data Service


The UK Data Service delivers the data that promote evidence-based social research and policies. This comprehensive resource is funded by the ESRC to support researchers, teachers and policymakers who depend on high-quality social and economic data.

We provide a single point of access to a wide range of secondary data including large-scale government surveys, international macrodata, business microdata, qualitative studies and census data.

All are backed with extensive support, training and guidance to meet the needs of data users, owners and creators.


The UK Data Service has an extensive training events programme of webinars, face-to-face workshops and user conferences, covering a range of topics including data discovery and awareness raising, data skills, methods and research data management training. We also have an extensive range of online training materials for using data and RDM skills to help embed good data practices in research and optimise data sharing.

Find out more about training on our local website.




Case studies - demonstrating how data are being used

Data impact blog - a hub for researchers, students, communities, policy-makers, government and anyone interested in maximising the impact of social, population and economic data in research and policy

Department for Business, Innovation & Skills


Research Council UK