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Helpdesk appointments

Added by Stephanie Auty 13 days ago

Have a question about using Understanding Society? Discuss it directly with our User Support team by making an appointment for the online help-desk.

The Understanding Society User Support team will now be hosting the online help-desk by appointment. This will be facilitated through an online Go To Meeting session.

These free online sessions are for data users who would like to discuss with User Support how to understand, manage and prepared Understanding Society data for analysis. We want our data users to make the best use of the Study and through this help-desk hour we are offering you the chance to have your questions addressed in person by the User Support team.

To sign up, please email us at and we will respond to set up a meeting.

Annual leave

Added by Stephanie Auty 3 months ago

Due to annual leave we will not be able to respond to messages between 6th and 17th September 2019. We will respond when we return.

UKHLS@JISCMAIL.AC.UK launched!

Added by Alita Nandi 5 months ago

Understanding Society has a JISCMail email discussion list for users of the Study to ask and answer questions about analysing the dataset.

If you would like to subscribe to this list please email

Subscribers to this list are pre-approved by Understanding Society, but once you are subscribed your messages to the list will not be moderated. Please ensure that you abide by the JiscMail code of conduct and post things which are polite and helpful to fellow data users.

Help-desk hour every Wednesday 2-3pm

Added by Stephanie Auty 9 months ago

Have a question about using Understanding Society? Discuss it directly with our User Support team during the online help-desk hour.

On Wednesdays at 2-3pm, the Understanding Society User Support team will be hosting an online help-desk hour. This will be facilitated through an online Go To Meeting session.

This free one hour online session is for data users who would like to discuss with User Support how to understand, manage and prepared Understanding Society data for analysis. We want our data users to make the best use of the Study and through this help-desk hour we are offering you the chance to have your questions addressed in person by the User Support team. You'll also hear from others using the Study and be able to share your work and experience of using these data.

To sign up, please email us and we will respond with the joining information.

Spaces for helpdesk hour still available!

Added by Stephanie Auty 10 months ago

We have extended the date to register for the first helpdesk hour. You can now register up until Tuesday 26th February.

To sign up, please email your question to us by 26 February. Attendees are limited to 20 per help-desk hour


Have a question about using Understanding Society? Discuss it directly with our User Support team during the online help-desk hour.

On Wednesday 27 February, 2.30 - 3.30 p.m. the Understanding Society User Support team will be hosting an online help-desk hour. This will be facilitated through an online Go To Meeting session.

This free one hour online session is for data users who would like to discuss with User Support how to understand, manage and prepared Understanding Society data for analysis. We want our data users to make the best use of the Study and through this help-desk hour we are offering you the chance to have your questions addressed in person by the User Support team. You'll also hear from others using the Study and be able to share your work and experience of using these data.

New Understanding Society help-desk hour

Added by Stephanie Auty 10 months ago

Have a question about using Understanding Society? Discuss it directly with our User Support team during the online help-desk hour.

On Wednesday 27 February, 2.30 - 3.30 p.m. the Understanding Society User Support team will be hosting an online help-desk hour. This will be facilitated through an online Go To Meeting session.

This free one hour online session is for data users who would like to discuss with User Support how to understand, manage and prepared Understanding Society data for analysis. We want our data users to make the best use of the Study and through this help-desk hour we are offering you the chance to have your questions addressed in person by the User Support team. You'll also hear from others using the Study and be able to share your work and experience of using these data.

To sign up, please email your question to us by 20 February. Attendees are limited to 20 per help-desk hour.

New edition of the British Household Panel Survey

Added by Stephanie Auty about 1 year ago

This dataset is for researchers who wish to use BHPS on its own. Researchers wanting to use BHPS and Understanding Society should use the Understanding Society datasets, which include a harmonised version of BHPS.

Starting in 1991, the BHPS ran until 2009 collecting 18 years of household panel data. The survey was designed as a nationally representative sample of more than 5,000 households. Additional samples of 1,500 households in both Scotland and Wales were added to the main sample in 1999, and in 2001 2,000 households were added in Northern Ireland, making the panel suitable for UK-wide research. The BHPS ended in 2009, when Understanding Society started. Participants from BHPS were asked if they would like to join Understanding Society and over 6,000 of them did so. You can see how the two surveys link in the survey timeline.

The new edition of BHPS released today incorporates a number of enhancements to the data for BHPS Waves 1-18. Net income variables have been added to the main dataset and additional variables have been included to assist linkage to the Understanding Society dataset. More details on the changes to the dataset can be found in Appendix 4 of the BHPS User Guide.

In this edition there is also now a separation between a standard End User Licence release and a Special Licence release. The End User Licence has some limits on the range of more disclosive variables available. Researchers who require variables held under Special Licence conditions will need to apply for access via the UK Data Service.

The new edition of BHPS is available from the UK Data Service:

SN 5151 - British Household Panel Survey: Waves 1-18, 1991-2009

SN 6340 - British Household Panel Survey, Waves 1-18, 1991-2009: Secure Access, National Grid Reference

SN 8380 - British Household Panel Survey: Waves 1-18, 1991-2009: Special Licence Access

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