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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Secure access

To protect the privacy of data and ensure the utmost security, it was compulsory for researchers using the ADRN to analyse their data sets in a secure environment that adheres to the strictest security standards.

The Network had secure research environments at four centres across the UK. Staff at the centres performed statistical disclosure control on the results of the analysis before they were released.

Breaches & Penalties

There are laws governing how people use data, and any breach of policy and procedure was taken very seriously and pursued in accordance with our policies and the law.

The researcher and their institution face serious penalties in the event of any breach. For example:

  • the researcher may face a fine or prison sentence
  • the researcher could incur sanctions from data custodians, Research Councils UK and funders – significantly damaging their future career
  • research funding could be removed from the individual or their entire institution and the institution would also face sanctions from the law, data custodians, Research Councils UK and funders

Read the ADRN breaches policy for more information.


Page last updated: 30/07/2018