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Welcome to our news and blogs.  Here you’ll find the latest developments and insights from across our four longitudinal studies.

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People, pathways and policy: findings from the CLS Research Programme

11 September 2018

This one day event from the Centre for Longitudinal Studies was an opportunity to hear evidence from a major programme of research examining and comparing the lives and experiences of thousands of individuals across the UK, from multiple generations.

Research on inequality: the long roots of childhood, informing policies, and generational change

16 July 2018

In this professorial lecture, Professor Alissa Goodman spoke about her research on inequalities, showing how both cross-sectional and longitudinal data are being used to illuminate and address some of the major social and policy questions of our time. A video of Alissa’s lecture is available to view in the event page.

UCL Festival of Culture: Can the language of 11 year olds predict their future?

15 June 2018

As part of the 2018 Festival of Culture, Professor Alissa Goodman presented a session exploring the extent to which the language of 11-year-olds can foretell their future. The slides from this seminar are available on the event page.

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Did the Baby Boomers fulfil their childhood dreams?

30 April 2018

In 1969, more than 10,000 11-year-olds, taking part in the National Child Development Study (NCDS), were asked to write an essay imagining what their lives would be like at 25. Fast forward 50 years, and we contacted a number of study members to share their essay with them and see how their lives had unfolded. 

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Children from lower social classes up to 5kg heavier than their more advantaged peers

21 March 2018

Disadvantaged children born at the start of the 21st century weighed up to 5kg more in their childhood and early teenage years than those from more privileged backgrounds, a new study has found.

Longitudinal data across the life course: an introduction to using cohort data

22 January 2018

Held at the Cardiff University, this workshop gave both first-time and more experienced data users an insight into four of the UK’s internationally-renowned cohort studies run by the Centre for Longitudinal Studies (CLS).

Introduction to the 1958 and 1970 British Cohort Study

12 January 2018

This webinar introduced the 1958 National Child Development Study and the 1970 British Cohort Study to both first-time and more experienced users. It focused particularly on wellbeing measures available in each study. A recording of the webinar is available to view on the event page.

NCDS 60 years of our lives: a scientific conference celebrating the NCDS at 60

1 January 2018

The National Child Development Study (NCDS) turned 60 years old in March 2018. We organised a special scientific conference to celebrate this anniversary.

New sources of data for social science research

19 December 2017

Hosted by the UK Data Service, this event aimed to help introduce researchers to the new sources of data are that are available for social sciences research in the UK.

Automated Content Analysis: special training session

14 December 2017

To coincide with the release of the National Child Development Study’s Age 11 essays, CLS hosted a special tutorial on automated content analysis to help enable researchers to make the most of this new data. The session covered the fundamentals of using the Differential Language Analysis Toolkit (DLATK) and was led by H. Andrew Schwartz (Stony Brook University).

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Latest partnership histories dataset now available

30 November 2017

The latest version of the National Child Development Study: Partnership Histories (1974-2013) has been released at the UK Data Service.

Introduction to CLOSER Discovery and its latest features

17 November 2017

CLOSER Discovery is a search engine that allows researchers to explore the content of nine leading UK longitudinal studies. This webinar introduced users to the website and explored the latest content and features. A recording of the webinar is available to view on the event page.

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