The home to four of Britain's internationally-renowned cohort studies, charting social change and the reasons behind it.
Director: Professor Alissa Goodman
The Centre for Longitudinal Studies (CLS) is an Economic and Social Research Centre (ESRC website) Resource Centre.
Our centre manages four of the UK's internationally-renowned cohort studies:
- 1958 National Child Development Study (NCDS)
- 1970 British Cohort Study (BCS70)
- Millennium Cohort Study (MCS)
- Next Steps, formerly Longitudinal Study of Young People in England
- Birth cohort studies
What are the birth cohort studies?
The cohort studies are a type of longitudinal research. They follow people's entire life course so it's possible to build a complete picture of what it's like to grow up, live and work in the UK. By comparing data from different cohort studies, we can chart social change across different generations and start to untangle the reasons behind it. The depth and breadth of these datasets make them one of the most valuable sources of information for social research, policy and practice.
Each birth cohort study follows the lives of a group of people all born at the same point in time. Every few years, the cohort members are surveyed in order to collect information on a variety of different things, such as physical and mental health, family circumstances, parenting, education, and employment.
British birth cohort studies
The internationally-renowned British birth cohort studies are the oldest of their kind in the world. There are four national birth cohort studies in the UK: 1946, 1958, 1970, and 2000-01. With three of these studies based at CLS, the IOE houses more British birth cohort studies than any other academic institution.
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How do I access the data?
Data from the studies is available free of charge to researchers from the UK Data Service (UKDS). The UKDS provides instructions for accessing the data on its website, or you can visit the CLS website for information on accessing the data from "Next Steps" and the 1958, 1970 and Millennium Cohort studies.
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- Our staff
Study with us
CLS contributes to the teaching offered by the Department of Social Science. The cohort studies provide rich data that can be used by those completing Masters dissertations and those working towards a PhD.
CLS welcomes enquiries from individuals who would like to base their doctoral research on analysis of data from the cohort studies. Further information about potential supervisors within CLS, current research students and recently completed PhDs is available on the CLS website
- For enquiries contact Kathleen Middleton at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Short courses
We offer Research Methods short courses - see Short Courses.
Possible funding for these courses may be available from the Research Methods NCRM Training Bursaries (NCRM website).
- The CLS cohort study datasets are unique high-quality, valuable resources for research in a range of social, economic and biomedical disciplines
- CLS is a centre of excellence in cohort study research and management
- CLS drives innovation in longitudinal research methods, cohort study management, survey methodology, and data management and shares learning and best practice with others
- CLS helps data users navigate the complexity of cohort study data by providing training, documentation and other support
- Evidence from the CLS cohort studies has improved individuals' lives, and is a valuable source for policy and practice development, and for informing individual behaviour
- Evidence from the CLS cohort studies helps to paint a clearer picture of British society by charting social change and highlighting the reasons behind it.
Ongoing research projects
- Education and social mobility across cohorts: Exploring the role of education in increasing social mobility
- Home moves in early years: The impact on children in UK and US
- In-work poverty and retirement attitudes among a cohort born in 1958
- Schooling and unequal outcomes in youth and adulthood
- Social and emotional skills in childhood and their long-term effects on adult life
- What works for well-being cross-cutting capability
CLS Cross-Cohort Research Programme (CCRP)
Funded by the ESRC for three years (April 1, 2015 - March 31, 2018). The intergenerational transmission of advantage and disadvantage is at the heart of academic analysis across a wide range of disciplines and is central to many policy concerns both in the UK and internationally.
- Intergenerational influences on physical activity
- Parental working hours and the prevalence of obesity
- Childhood mental health trajectories
- Alcohol use across the life course and its links with health and wellbeing
See details on Healthy lifestyles: Cross Cohort Research Programme
- Parent's wealth in childhood and its relationship with children's development
- Social mobility mechanisms and consequences
- Education and occupational aspirations
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- UCL Research Portal, IRIS to find more about our researchers, publications, activities, groups and themes.
Our centre is an internationally recognised interdisciplinary Economic and Social Research Centre (ESRC) Resource Centre.
CLS staff offer a range of consultancy services. Particular areas of expertise include:
- Longitudinal data analysis
- Survey and sampling design
- Labour market activity
- Equal opportunities
- Social capital and social participation
- Child Development.