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, which was launched at the end of 2018.

Visit the Administrative Data Research Partnership for further information. 

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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ADRC Wales

The Administrative Data Research Centre Wales

The Administrative Data Research Centre Wales (ADRC-W) is led by Professor David Ford at Swansea University in partnership with Cardiff University.

The Centre brings together a strong team of economic and social science researchers from across Wales, and leading data scientists with strengths in privacy protection, information governance and data technology platforms.  

ADRC-W expertise

ADRC-W also draws upon a network of expertise via its links with the following research institutes: 

ADRC-W builds on existing expertise and an acknowledged reputation for the safe and trustworthy use of complex social data to create a Centre that uses cutting-edge technology to efficiently link and analyse de-identified administrative data that has the ability to inform social, economic and health related research in the UK.

The Centre will be the focal point for data-related social research in Wales and a major player in UK-wide efforts to transform research and policy environments.

Secure environment

The operational environment includes two ‘Safe Settings’ areas where users securely interact with data – one within the Data Science Building (Swansea University) and one within Cardiff University (Park Place, city centre). The ‘Safe Settings’ areas are secure office spaces where pre-approved users can interact with data held within the ADRC-W programme. These areas have strict controls to ensure that the confidentiality, integrity and availability of data is maintained appropriately and in line with data provider requirements and expectations.

ADRC-W is committed to protecting your privacy and complies with the principles of the relevant data protection regulations. We are committed to ensuring that your data is handled properly and any information we hold is stored securely and used in a lawful and ethical way. For information on what personal data ADRC-W collects, how we ensure privacy is maintained and respecting individuals legal rights relating to personal data please read our full privacy statement below. This Privacy Statement relates to the collection, handling and storage of data we obtain from individuals who work with ADRC-W, either those directly employed by ADRC-W or those who work with ADRC-W to undertake research projects.


Find out more about projects concerning the ADRC Wales.

Researcher resources

The ADRC Wales strives to provide the best possible service to all of our stakeholders and is committed to supporting researchers to achieve excellent outputs that have the ability to inform policy and have a clear public benefit.

Short courses

ADRC Wales Short Courses cover key topics in computation, data modelling, visualisation, machine learning, and key methodologies in the analysis of key linked data.

Public Engagement

The ADRC Wales Public Engagement team attend many events throughout the year and is key part of our work.

Our team

Meet the ADRC Wales team.

Our locations

The ADRC Wales is based at the new, purpose-built Data Science Building at Swansea University and in WISERD premises at Cardiff University.

Stay in touch

The ADRC Wales would like to keep in touch by email to let you know about our news, events and training opportunities.

Contact ADRC-W

Get in touch with the ADRC Wales team.

Page last updated: 30/07/2018