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The latest in longitudinal news, research and resources

Latest CLOSER news

Scaling up CLOSER Discovery

Standardised scales are a commonly used tool in quantitative research. CLOSER’s Metadata Officer, Becky Oldroyd, highlights the benefits and challenges of using these scales, along with CLOSER’s plan to create and disseminate standardised scale metadata on the UK’s most detailed search engine for longitudinal population studies: CLOSER Discovery. 
Read the full blog on the CLOSER website

CLOSER unveils new look website

We are excited to reveal our new and improved website! We’ve worked to develop the site’s functionality, navigation and accessibility to improve the user experience and showcase our key resources for researchers – including CLOSER Discovery, Learning Hub and cross-study data guides. Take a look around the site and let us know your thoughts!

The disadvantage gap: children of austerity or children of adversity?

In this CLOSER blog, Dr Neil Kaye discusses his research examining the socioeconomic attainment gap in England from a cumulative, longitudinal and comparative perspective.
Read the full blog on the CLOSER website

CLOSER job opportunities

Professor and Director/Principal Investigator

We are currently seeking an exceptional candidate for the position of Professor and Director/Principal Investigator.

This exciting opportunity provides a chance for the successful candidate to shape CLOSER's work in providing infrastructure, vital resources, and leadership for interdisciplinary longitudinal research, while also pursuing their own research.

Public Affairs Manager

We are looking to recruit a Public Affairs Manager to join our busy Policy and Dialogue team.

The successful candidate will support the development of our policy engagement programme to raise the visibility, use and impact of longitudinal population studies, data and research in the policy landscape through a range of activities, including responding to calls for evidence, external events, horizon scanning and stakeholder mapping. 
Deadline for applications: 13 October 2022
Deadline for applications: 13 October 2022

Search data from our studies 

Use CLOSER Discovery to search and browse questions and metadata from leading 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 eay-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

Are we making a difference? Evaluating population level policies and the use of Understanding Society
13 Oct 2022 | 09:30 - 15:45 BST
Online and London, UK
Organised by Understanding Society

Introduction to the 1970 British Cohort Study
18 Oct 2022 | 13:00-14:15 BST
Organised by the UCL Centre for Longitudinal Studies
Growing up and growing older across societies: Harnessing the power of comparative research
23 - 25 Oct 2022 | Cleveland (Ohio), USA
Organised by Society for Longitudinal and Lifecourse Studies (SLLS)

Data for global health and security
14 Dec 2022 | Birmingham, UK
Organised by HDR UK
Visit the CLOSER website for full event listings

New to longitudinal?

Visit the CLOSER Learning Hub, an educational resource to help you learn more about longitudinal studies.

News from the CLOSER studies

ELSA secures new dementia funding

The English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA) has been awarded an additional $2 million by the National Institute on Aging to carry out further intensive investigations of cognitive decline and dementia using the Harmonised Cognitive Assessment Protocol (HCAP). This is part of an international initiative to assess dementia risk within longitudinal ageing studies around the world using harmonised methods and content to facilitate cross-national comparisons. HCAP was first administered in ELSA in 2018, and this new funding will support follow-up assessments in 2023. Read more on the ELSA website

Changes to the state pension haven't changed retirement plans

Research from Understanding Society suggests the increase in the state pension age hasn't changed the age that people plan to retire.
Read more on the Understanding Society website


Effects of furlough on health behaviours

New research from the COVID-19 Longitudinal Health and Wellbeing National Core Study has used data from eight UK longitudinal population studies to examine the effects of furlough on health behaviours including alcohol consumption, vaping and smoking.
Read the full article on the BMC Medicine website

Pregnant women should eat fish to help child develop

A study by Dr Caroline Taylor and Professor Jean Golding, using data from the Children of the 90s study, has found that a woman's mercury level during pregnancy is unlikely to have an adverse effect on the development of the child provided that the mother eats fish. The story received coverage in the Daily MailYahoo USA and Bristol Post. Professor Jean Golding was also interviewed on BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour (listen from 41:10).

Education system failing a 'forgotten fifth' of pupils

Researchers using longitudinal data from the Millennium Cohort Study say the education system is currently failing one in five pupils, who after 12 years of schooling leave without basic literacy and numeracy skills.
Read more on the UCL website

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