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Administrative Data Service

The Administrative Data Service (ADS) is based at the University of Essex, with partners at the Universities of Manchester, Oxford, the West of England, and Edinburgh. ADS shares in the expertise of the UK Data Archive, the UK Data Service and its Secure Lab.

ADS has a wide variety of expertise and responsibilities, including:

  • research support
  • training and capacity building
  • communication and public engagement
  • legal monitoring
  • network coordination 

Research Support

The Administrative Data Service has a team to support research and work with data providers.

Training and Capacity Building

Co-director Mark Elliot, Elaine Mackey and Claire Spencer form the training and capacity building team based at the University of Manchester. The team trained the SURE trainers in each of the ADRCs and ensures that the same standards are adhered to across the ADRN.

Communication and Public Engagement

The communications and public engagement team is based at the University of Essex. The team provides the expertise for any ADRN-wide marketing, leading on the strategic development of communication and public engagement plans.

Legal Expertise

The ADS legal team are based at HeLEX (the Centre for Health, Law and Emerging Technologies at the University of Oxford). The team monitors and analyses the evolving legal landscape to understand the implications for research that uses administrative data.

Network Coordination

ADS chairs many of the cross-ADRN working groups that ensure each part of the Network adheres to the same standards and coordinates their work to avoid duplicating efforts.

Meet the experts

The Administrative Data Service is built on expertise from across the UK, led by academics and senior staff at the partner universities, with decades of experience between them in undertaking research using data and in managing access to data and advising on data safety and privacy.

Meet the team

Read more about the ADS team's background and interests.


Page last updated: 12/07/2017