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The Administrative Data Research Network is an ESRC-funded project that ran from October 2013 - 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.

The Approvals Panel made sure the process of granting access to sensitive, linked administrative data was fair, equitable and transparent. It assessed the projects on a number of criteria. Projects had to be be approved before the data custodians made the final decision on whether to share their data. The Panel met monthly to discuss and approve projects. We also publish the meeting minutes.


The panel consisted of:

  • the chair: Professor Sir Ian Diamond, Principal and Vice Chancellor, University of Aberdeen
  • three representatives of data providers:
    • Jane Naylor, Office for National Statistics
    • Yee-Wan Yau, HM Revenue and Customs
    • Steve Rose, Head of Strategic Research at Birmingham City Council
  • two senior academics (with different primary research areas):
    • Professor Richard Harris, Professor of Economics, Durham University
    • Dr Michelle Morris, Leeds Institute for Data Analytics & Leeds Institute for Biomedical and Clinical Sciences, University of Leeds
  • two lay members:
    • William Mehaffy
    • Denise Kazmierczak

The Director of the Administrative Data Service or their nominee served an as ex-officio member of the panel with no voting or decision-making rights.

The Panel also referred specific questions to a group of independent experts who volunteered their knowledge in specialist areas.

There is a list of approved projects.

Read the Approvals Panel Terms of Reference and the Approvals Panel Operating Procedures for more information.

Rejected projects

Summary information about any projects rejected by the Approvals Panel was published quarterly.

Summary of rejected projects (47Kb)

Page last updated: 04/07/2018