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NHS administrative data linked to Next Steps now available to researchers via UK Data Service

30 September 2020

Researchers tracking the experiences of the millennial generation can now explore a wider range of health-related questions, thanks to a pioneering new agreement which enables secure onward sharing of NHS Digital data linked to Next Steps via the UK Data Service.

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1970 British Cohort Study Age 21 Sub Study – first steps into adulthood

24 September 2020

Celebrating 50 years of the 1970 British Cohort Study – The Age 21 Sub Study was conducted with a 10% representative sample of cohort members from across Britain. It collected valuable information about levels of literacy and numeracy among young adults in Britain.

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CLS wins major new grant to investigate impact of COVID-19

1 September 2020

The Centre for Longitudinal Studies (CLS) has secured funding from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), to further its investigation into the immediate and longer term impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on people in Britain.

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Newly released data available for study of millennial generation

26 August 2020

Newly released survey variables for Next Steps sweeps 1-7 (ages 14-20) are now available to download from the UK Data Service under the standard End User Licence (EUL).

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1970 British Cohort Study – Life stories – James

20 August 2020

Celebrating 50 years of the 1970 British Cohort Study – With five decades of invaluable service to British science and society, what has it been like for our 1970 British Cohort Study members to take part in the study? This week we speak to James. 

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Important discoveries from the 1970 British Cohort Study – Age 10 Sweep

13 August 2020

Data from the 1970 British Cohort Study has revealed that parents’ interest in children’s education has long lasting benefits. 

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First generation university students need more guidance navigating education system

12 August 2020

Young people who are the first in their family to go to university are less likely to attend an elite institution and are more likely to drop out than those with graduate parents, according to new research led by the UCL Centre for Longitudinal Studies.

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1970 British Cohort Study Age 10 Sweep – Medical assessment

6 August 2020

The Age 10 Sweep included measures of height, weight, head circumference, blood pressure, pulse, vision and hearing. Most of these measures were then repeated at age 16 and several were repeated in the Age 46 Sweep. This allows researchers to study trajectories of health from childhood into adulthood and how these are affected by other circumstances and behaviours throughout life.

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Hours worked dropped by 40% in lockdown

30 July 2020

The number of hours worked in Britain dropped significantly in lockdown, with mothers most likely to sacrifice work for home schooling and developmental play, according to new research from the UCL Centre for Longitudinal Studies (CLS).

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COVID-19 data from five national longitudinal cohort studies now available

17 July 2020

Researchers now have access to data about how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected over 18,000 participants of five nationally representative longitudinal cohort studies based at UCL. The new data will help researchers understand the economic, health and social consequences of the coronavirus outbreak and track the lasting impact on people’s lives.

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Five decades of British science and social history charted in new podcast series

25 June 2020

A new podcast series celebrating 50 years of the 1970 British Cohort Study (BCS70) begins today (Thursday 25 June). Over the next six weeks, ‘50 Years of Life in Britain’ will explore the contribution the BCS70 study members have made to improving British science and society.

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Important discoveries from the 1970 British Cohort Study – Age 5 Sweep

11 June 2020

Celebrating 50 years of the 1970 British Cohort Study – Thanks to findings from the Age 5 Sweep we have increased our understanding of the benefits of breastfeeding, the links between TV viewing and adult obesity, and the influence of parenting practices on children’s later attitudes.

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