2020s: COVID-19 and the future

It’s the decade that started with a bang: an unprecedented pandemic that took over the world, and changed all of our lives. We took up Zooming and jogging, started baking and crafting, worried about lockdowns and the R rate, and tried to find joy in the small pleasures of life. As the COVID-19 crisis has unfolded, we have surveyed BCS70 participants three times. This is the first time we have asked participants in all four of our studies to complete the same survey at the same time. We are now making plans to launch our next major BCS70 sweep, which we had to pause when the pandemic hit, and are really excited to follow the next chapter in their lives.

2020s stories


BCS70 50 stories in 50 weeks – the final word

1 April 2021 We’ve now reached the end of our year-long celebration of the 1970 British Cohort Study. Over the past 50 weeks, we’ve traversed five decades of British social and political history, to tell the story of BCS70. Over to you, BCS70 heroes, for the final word in our 50 stories in 50 weeks journey…

Important discoveries from the 1970 British Cohort Study – COVID-19 survey

18 March 2021

As the pandemic has unfolded we have surveyed participants of five national longitudinal studies, including the 1970 British Cohort Study (BCS70) to track the effects of COVID-19 over time. Here’s a summary of our researchers’ initial findings.


COVID-19 survey – the bigger picture

11 March 2021

We have come to the end of our journey through the first 50 years of the 1970 British Cohort Study, and now look to the very recent past: the COVID-19 Survey, which gives researchers unprecedented opportunities for cross-cohort comparison.

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