The Administrative Data Research Network was an ESRC-funded project that ran from October 2013 to July 2018. It is currently at the end of its funding cycle and is no longer taking applications. Administrative data research will be taken forward in a new project, to be launched later in 2018.

This archival website reflects the state of play at the end of the project in July 2018. All content has been frozen and may not be up to date.

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Administrative Data Service

The Administrative Data Service (ADS) was 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 took the lead in developing the policies and procedures for the ADRN,and also provides support for the Network's Approvals Panel.


Page last updated: 26/07/2018