The UK Longitudinal Studies Centre (ULSC) is a resource centre that promotes longitudinal research, and designs, manages and supports longitudinal surveys. It is responsible for undertaking the British Household Panel Survey (BHPS), one of the most heavily-used surveys in social science research in the UK. The ULSC was established in 1999.
The ULSC is a part of the Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER) at the University of Essex. ISER also contains the ESRC Research Centre on Micro-social Change (MISOC) and a range of other substantive research activities, the most prominent of which for the ESRC is Understanding Society. ISER is one of the leading international centres for multidisciplinary longitudinal research.
The ULSC undertakes a wide portfolio of activities and services, including:
- collecting and disseminating the BHPS data
- providing services in the design and management of longitudinal survey research, including advice to those establishing new surveys
- running a methodological research programme to improve longitudinal survey methods
- promoting and supporting the application of research methods appropriate for the analysis of longitudinal survey data
- promoting best practice in the collection, management and production of high quality data for users
- managing longitudinal survey resources to enable easier access to longitudinal data, information and advice.