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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The Administrative Data Research Centre for England 

ADRC-England was led by the University of Southampton and ran in collaboration with:

The ADRC-E team members worked across the Southampton Centre, the Bloomsbury Centre and the ONS offices in Titchfield, Newport and London.  

You can learn more about the impact and influence that ADRC-England researchers and staff had in the last five years by reading the interactive ADRC-E 2013-2018 Centre Review brochure on Issuu.

ADRC-E expertise

The Centre combined exceptional physical facilities with high performance computer platforms to provide knowledge and evidence to help develop, implement and evaluate public policy and future research.

The organisations that made up the Centre are leaders in linking data and have world-class expertise in using and analysing administrative data from the education, health, crime, environment, economic and welfare sectors.

The Centre also offered extensive support to researchers willing to work with administrative data, or already working with them, by running a series of targeted training events, such as the Safe Users of Research data Environment training (SURE training) and the ADRC-E 1-2 days short courses in admin data research with our highly-skilled trainers.  

Here is a summary of the year 2017 for all engagement activities we took part in:

You can learn more about ADRC-England from the Deputy Director of the Southampton Centre, Prof David Martin, in the following video which celebrated the first anniversary of ADRC-E in 2015.

Secure environment

ADRC-E had ‘state of the art’ physically secure sites and building infrastructures that contained powerful and self-contained computing systems with industry-recognised intrusion protection systems and monitoring.

The Southampton and Bloomsbury Centres were compliant with the ‘Cyber Essentials’ scheme. Processes, protocols and procedures were in line with those required by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS; formerly the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills - BIS) who approved our data research facilities to hold functionally anonymised data to develop social and economic research.

The Office for National Statistics provided a trusted third party linkage facility (Secure Linkage Facility - SRE) for the ADRC-E and provided de-identified sets of linked data for research partners plus a safe setting (the Virtual Microdata Laboratory - VML) for trained researchers to access de-identified data.

Our expertise

The ADRC-E expertise spans through different fields of administrative data research

Our research

Research at ADRC-E covers different sectors of social, health and statistical sciences


Read a selection of the research projects currently underway in England

Our short courses

ADRC-E runs short courses for members of academia, government and the voluntary sector

Training podcasts

Find out what you can learn from the ADRC-E short courses directly through the voices of our trainers

Public Engagement

Every year ADRC-E takes part to a rich calendar of public engagement events across England

Our impact

Discover the impact and influence that researchers and staff at ADRC-England had in the last five years.

Page last updated: 31/07/2018