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The latest in longitudinal news, research and resources

Latest CLOSER news

In search of standardised scales

In the second of our blog series focusing on standardised scales, Eliška Herinková reflects on her time working as a CLOSER intern, and discusses how publishing standardised scales in CLOSER Discovery will benefit researchers.  
Read Eliška's blog on the CLOSER website

Register now: CLOSER webinar showcasing the ONS Longitudinal Study and LSYPE2

Sign up and join CLOSER’s upcoming webinar introducing the ONS Longitudinal Study and the Longitudinal Study of Young People in England (Cohort 2). Discover how you could be using these studies in your research with talks showcasing each study’s background, data collected, data access arrangements, and exemplar research case studies.
Find out more about this webinar and book your place

Keeping you 'In the loop'

The latest issue of 'In the loop' - our new quarterly policy update - contains all the latest developments in the policy landscape, open opportunities for policy engagement, and resources to help improve your knowledge and skills.
Read the latest 'In the loop'

CLOSER Discovery team at EDDI22

The CLOSER Discovery team will head to Paris next month to attend the 2022 European DDI conference. Jon Johnson, Hayley Mills and Becky Oldroyd will be busy throughout the four-day event running a workshop on questionnaires, presenting papers on documenting validated questionnaires and Extract2DDI, as well as a poster on standardised scales. 
Learn more about EDDI22

Catch up on the latest CLOSER videos

Videos of CLOSER's recent webinars from the 'Metadata management in the real world' and 'Introducing longitudinal population studies' series are now available to watch online.

DDI Tools - Managing metadata quality at CLOSER

Illustration of three people talking about data. Links to the CLOSER event webpage

Introducing Understanding Society & Growing Up in Scotland

A father pushes his young son on a bike. Links to the CLOSER event webpage

Job vacancy: CLOSER Communications Manager

CLOSER are seeking a Communications Manager to join the team and contribute to our work increasing the visibility, use and impact of longitudinal population studies, data and research. The deadline for applications in 23:59 GMT on 4 November 2022.
Read more and apply via the CLOSER website

Search data from our studies 

Use CLOSER Discovery to search, explore and assess data from multiple UK longitudinal population studies. 

COVID-19 Longitudinal Research Hub

Our COVID-19 Longitudinal Research Hub showcases the latest information and developments from across the longitudinal research community, all in one place. 
Visit the COVID-19 Longitudinal Research Hub

COVID-19 Research Tracker

Since May 2020, we've been tracking the COVID-19 research from CLOSER's longitudinal population studies.

Search and filter a wealth of evidence covering a wide range of topics in our easy-to-use interactive tool.
Explore the COVID-19 Research Tracker

Explore COVID-19 survey data

Search over 4,500 COVID-19 questions and over 18,800 COVID-19 variables from multiple UK longitudinal population studies in CLOSER Discovery.

Events and training

Introducing longitudinal population studies: ONS Longitudinal Study and LSYPE2
10 Nov 2022 | 13:00-14:00 GMT
Organised by CLOSER

Getting started: An introduction to four British cohort studies
24 Nov 2022 | 13:00-14:30 GMT
Organised by the UCL Centre for Longitudinal Studies (CLS)

Introduction to geographical data linkage - linking open data to UKHLS
26 Jan 2023 | 10:00-11:00 GMT
Organised by Understanding Society
10th Conference for the European Survey Research Association (ESRA)
17 - 21 July 2023 | Milan, Italy
Deadline for submissions: 20 December 2022

British Education Research Association 2023
12 - 14 Sept 2023 | Birmingham, UK
Deadline for submissions: 31 January 2023

European DDI (EDDI22) conference
28 Nov - 1 Dec 2022 | See prog. for timings
Online and Paris, France 

New to longitudinal?

Visit the CLOSER Learning Hub, our free, online educational resource to help you learn more about longitudinal population studies.

News from the CLOSER studies

50 years of census data - virtual roundtable

The 2022 UKCenLS Conference brought together the Office for National Statistics Longitudinal Study (ONS LS) for England and Wales, the Northern Ireland Longitudinal Study (NILS) and the Scottish Longitudinal Study (SLS), all based on the census, to explore their research power. CeLSIUS are now organising a follow-on roundtable event for those who were not able to attend the conference in person. Participants will be invited to view the conference presentations before joining their discussion on ‘What would researchers like to do with 2021 Census data?’. Follow @celsiusnews or contact for further information and details of how to register.

COVID-19 and mental health

A new collaborative paper from the COVID-19 Longitudinal Health and Wellbeing Study has investigated whether people experience poorer mental health after having symptoms of COVID-19. The research, published by The Lancet, examined data from over 50,000 adult participants from 11 UK longitudinal population studies.
Read the full paper via The Lancet

How have changes to work during lockdown affected the health of the middle-aged?

New longitudinal research using data from the Health and Employment After Fifty (HEAF) study suggests older workers who experienced switching to home working, job loss or poorer pre-pandemic socioeconomic position during lockdown were more likely to experience a worsening of their mental health and self-rated health.
Read the full paper via BMC Public Health

Five hours' sleep a night linked with multimorbidity

New research, using longitudinal data from Whitehall II, suggests getting less than five hours of sleep a night in mid-to-late life could be linked to an increased risk of developing at least two chronic diseases.
Read more on the UCL website

Eliminating sexual violence could reduce teenage mental ill health

Researchers using Millennium Cohort Study data say the prevalence of serious mental health problems among 17-year-olds could drop by as much as 16.8% for girls and 8.4% for boys if they were not subjected to sexual violence. Read more on the CLS website

Understanding Society – new code creator

To help users get started with their research Understanding Society have built a Stata code creator as part of the variable search area on their website. Running the code enables users to extract data from the main end user licence Understanding Society dataset to produce a simple flat data file. To use the code creator, save the variables you are interested in, then click on the 'build data file' link to generate your Stata code. Your code is available immediately on the website and can be emailed to you. The code will allow you to create your own data file containing your chosen variables, plus a handy set of commonly used sociodemographic variables and cross-sectional and longitudinal weights. You can find the code creator on the main survey variables in the dataset documentation area of the Understanding Society website.

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