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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.

Metadata Catalogue

The catalogue contains metadata about the datasets that are readily accessible through the ADRN. For more details on any datasets of the devolved nations (Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland), please contact the local ADRC.

Information about data - UK


  • Applications to Higher Education Courses: The Universities and Colleges Admission Service (UCAS) is responsible for administering applications to Higher Education in the UK, as a result collecting and processing data related to all full time undergraduate applications to Higher Education Providers (HEPs) in the UK. The Applications to Higher Education Courses data contains applications data provided by UCAS.(2007-2016)

Economy & Employment

  • Inter-Departmental Business Register: The Inter-Departmental Business Register (IDBR) is a comprehensive dataset of UK bsuinesses which covers 99 percent of the UK economic activity.

Page last updated: 10/05/2018