Comparing Scotland and the UK: Evidence from major UK surveys


The UK has one of the best data infrastructures in the world, and now it is easier to access and use than ever before.  However, policy makers, researchers, and even academics are often unaware of the valuable information they can harvest from it, or are unsure of how to go about doing so.

At this major showcase event, experts from three of the most important social surveys in that infrastructure: Understanding Society, the Millennium Cohort Study and the Labour Force Survey will take participants through the principal features of each survey database, the kinds of uses that can be made of them, and how they can be accessed online.  Particular attention will be paid to the way each of these sources can be used to make comparisons between Scotland and the rest of the UK, or between different regions of Scotland.  Each of these major surveys is also longitudinal: meaning that they are excellent sources for looking at change over time.

This event is free for all AQMeN members to attend but places are limited so booking is essential.  If you are not a member of the Network you can register for free before signing up to attend this event.

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No special technical knowledge is required for attendance at this event, but those with at least a little knowledge or experience of dealing with data or information on social and economic trends will benefit most from attending.

Confirmed speakers include:

Millennium Cohort Study
Emla Fitzsimons - Professor of Economics and Director and PI of the MCS, Institute of Education
Shirley Dex, Emeritus Professor, Institute of Education

Understanding Society
Raj Patel MBE - Impact Fellow, Understanding Society Programme at Institute of Social & Economic Research, University of Essex
Dr Alita Nandi, Research Fellow, Institute for Social & Economic Research (ISER), University of Essex

Labour Force Survey
David Bell, Professor of Economics, University of Stirling
Alan Winetrobe, Labour Market Statistics, Scottish Government

The event will be chaired by: 
John MacInnes, Professor of Sociology, University of Edinburgh and ESRC Strategic Advisor on Quantitative Methods Training

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - 10:00 to 16:00
Biosphere, Dynamic Earth, Holyrood Road, Edinburgh