Our privacy policy

Here at the Centre for Longitudinal Studies (CLS) we are committed to keeping your personal information safe and to making sure you know how we will use the details you share with us.

What this privacy policy covers

This privacy policy explains:

  • Why and how we use cookies on our website.
  • How we will use your contact information to keep you up to date by email on the latest news from CLS.
  • How we will use your information if you sign up to attend one of our events.

We may change our privacy policy from time to time. If we do, you’ll always find the most up to date version here on our website.

In addition, we have separate and clear arrangements for protecting the information we collect from the participants in our four cohort studies for the purpose of research.

Participants can find out more here:

1958 National Child Development Study

1970 British Cohort Study

Next Steps

Millennium Cohort Study

More information about our information governance can be found here.

About us

CLS is home to four of Britain’s leading longitudinal cohort studies. As well as running these studies, which each have thousands of participants, we train people in how they can use the data we collect in their research.

We also carry out our own research based on our studies, across a wide range of topics. We share our findings to help inform public policy and practice and ultimately improve lives.

Using cookies to help us improve our website

What are cookies?

Cookies are small text files that websites store on your browser and include information about your session. Cookies contain information your browser can retrieve, but do not contain programmes, viruses or malicious software. Cookies normally expire after a certain length of time, although that time can be anywhere from a few minutes to more than a year.

Which cookies do we use on this website?

The cookies we use on this website are set by Google Analytics. These give us anonymous statistical data about how people are using our website and what content people are interested in. This information helps us to improve our website.

Can you block cookies?

Most browsers allow you to choose which types of cookies you will accept or to reject all cookies. Below are some guides on managing cookies for different browsers:


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Using your information to keep you up to date on the latest CLS news

We hold a mailing list of people who have expressed an interest in hearing about the latest CLS news and events.

If you’re on this list, these are the types of things we might tell you about by email:

  • New research we’ve published and/or research by other people who use our studies,
  • Events we’re holding or are involved in,
  • New resources on our website,
  • The latest data releases from our studies, and
  • Opportunities to have your say on what we do, including consultations on future study surveys.

From time to time, we might update you on other things that don’t fit into one of the above categories. But anything we do send you will be directly relevant to what’s happening at CLS.

When we email you, you will always have the option to unsubscribe from future notifications or update your contact details. You can also do this at any other time by emailing us at clscomms@ucl.ac.uk.

At the moment we use third party software to help us manage our mailing list and to distribute emails. The software we currently use is provided by a company called Mailchimp. You can read more about MailChimp in its privacy policy.

Using your information to register you for our events

We hold a range of different events, from training workshops and webinars to help researchers find their way around our studies, to briefings on our own new research.

When you register to attend one of our events, our booking form will ask you for certain information. This includes your name and email address, and usually also your job title, organisation and main area of research interest. We aim to make our events as positive an experience as possible for everyone, so we may ask if you have any special dietary or accessibility requirements as well.

We normally use third party software called Event Brite to take event bookings and to collect this information. You can read more about Event Brite in its privacy policy.

We will use the details you give us to get in touch with you before the event and also, usually, to follow-up with you afterwards. This is likely to include sending you relevant presentations or reports related to the event as well as asking you to tell us what you thought of the event, so we can keep improving how we do things. We use third party software called Survey Monkey to collect feedback from you. You can find out more about Survey Monkey in its privacy policy.

We also store information about who attended our events. This helps us to evaluate past events and plan future ones, and also enables us to report internally and to our funders on the reach and success of our events. Any analysis and reports we share with our funders will not include any identifying information.

As much as we’d love to stay in touch, when you register for one of our events we won’t add you to our mailing list unless you ask us to, in line with the General Data Protection Regulations. This means you won’t automatically receive details of future events and other CLS news. If you would like to hear from us again, you’ll be able to sign up to our mailing list from the information we send you about the event you registered for. You can also join our mailing list at any time by emailing us at clscomms@ucl.ac.uk.

Your rights

Under the General Data Protection Regulations, you can ask us to update or remove the information we hold about you at any time. You can also ask us to give you the information we hold about you.

For more information about this, or to make a complaint about how we have handled your data, please contact UCL’s Data Protection Officer: data-protection@ucl.ac.uk.

October 2018

Contact us

Centre for Longitudinal Studies
UCL Institute of Education

20 Bedford Way
London WC1H 0AL

Email: clsfeedback@ucl.ac.uk