Centre for Longitudinal Studies

Centre for Longitudinal Studies' surveys provide valuable insights into the wider impacts of the pandemic across the UK population

The Centre for Longitudinal Studies, based at University College London, is home to four nationally representative longitudinal cohort studies which follow the lives of tens of thousands of people across the UK. 

Through funding from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the Centre for Longitudinal Studies provides scientific direction and operational management for each study, enabling research into areas such as childhood development, educational policy, social mobility, health and wellbeing.

To understand the impacts of COVID-19, the Centre for Longitudinal Studies has launched a nationwide survey to over 18,000 participants across five nationally representative longitudinal cohort studies, including:

  • Millennium Cohort Study – Follows the lives of around 19,000 people born in Britain between 2000 and 2002
  • Next Steps – Follows the lives of around 16,000 people in England born in 1989-90
  • 1970 British Cohort Study – Follows the lives of around 17,000 people born in England, Scotland and Wales in a single week of 1970
  • 1958 National Child Development Study – Follows the lives of around 17,000 people born in England, Scotland and Wales in a single week of 1958
  • Medical Research Council National Survey of Health and Development (British birth cohort 1946) – the oldest and longest running British birth cohort study

This survey has been designed to assess the impact of the pandemic on factors such as physical and mental health and wellbeing, family and relationships education, work and finances. It will be repeated to assess the impact of COVID-19 over time, enabling researchers to better understand the long-term health, social and economic impacts of the pandemic on subsets of the population.

Information collected through the survey will be made available to researchers in an anonymised format, providing valuable insights into the wider impacts of COVID-19 to help inform future policymaking.

For more information, please visit https://cls.ucl.ac.uk/ucls-longitudinal-studies-to-survey-thousands-about-impact-of-covid-19/

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