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Application process

With immediate effect the Administrative Data Service (ADS) and the Administrative Data Research Centre for England (ADRC-E) will no longer be putting forward new project proposals to the ADRN Approval Panel.

Proposals which plan to use data already available via the ADRN can contact the relevant Research Centre in Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland. (See here for details of those datasets.)

Any project proposals already in the system will be progressed until the ADS and ADRC-E close at the end of 31 July 2018.  Researchers will be contacted shortly with information on support for their projects beyond this date.

If you want to apply to use data that only covers one of the devolved nations (Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales), please contact the local ADRC directly:


Step 4: Starting the analysis

Accessing data

Once the data is linked and de-identified, and the researchers are trained, they can access the data in a secure environment in one of the Administrative Data Research Centres. There are four Centres, one for each country in the UK, and each has a number of secure environments across the country.

The Network's secure environments are located at:

  • For England:
    • University of Southampton (7 seats)
    • University College London (11 seats)
    • Office for National Statistics in Titchfield (4 seats), Newport (4 seats) and London (10 seats)
  • For Northern Ireland:
    • Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency in Belfast (7 seats)
  • For Scotland:
    • University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen
    • University of Dundee, Dundee
    • Bioquarter, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh
    • University of Glasgow, Glasgow
    • University of St Andrews, St Andrews
  • For Wales:
    • Swansea University (5 seats)
    • Cardiff University (4 seats)

More about the Network and Centres

The research

The researcher can now carry out their research according to the terms and conditions set by the Network and the data custodians. The staff at the Administrative Data Research Centres can assist if needed.

Page last updated: 18/09/2017