Access to the Secure Lab

How to apply for access to Secure Access (Controlled) data at the UK Data Service.

Controlled data are only available in the Secure Lab to researchers who are able to fulfil the following requirements:

  1. The purpose of the use of the data for your project must provide a public benefit/serve the public good
  2. You must have attended Safe Researcher Training, and be an Accredited Researcher (AR). This status is currently administered by the ONS through their Research Accreditation Service (RAS). Register for an account through the RAS registration system or if you already have one, login to your RAS account. You must have an undergraduate degree (or higher) including a significant proportion of maths or statistics, or be able to demonstrate at least 3 years quantitative research experience 
  3. If you are a postgraduate student you can request access but will need to apply jointly with your supervisor(s). Undergraduates can apply but should be highly experienced data analysts
  4. You must check any specific access restrictions for each study in our Data Catalogue that you wish to use, found in the 'Access' tab
  5. You must only access data from within the UK (SN 6676 can be accessed by German researchers, subject to meeting other conditions)

You can read about our security philosophy and software available at: Secure Lab: How it works and watch our short 5 Safes animation explaining the process.

Apply for access
Complete user agreement

Complete Secure Access User Agreement

Before access is given to the Secure Lab, you and a suitable delegated authority in your institution (for example from a contracts office or the Registrar, but not your Head of Department or Head of School) must sign our Secure Access User Agreement. This outlines the terms and conditions of use of the UK Data Service Secure Lab and includes:

  • Agreement that you will complete our training
  • Information about your security responsibilities, e.g. not sharing your password, nor disclosing or compromising any Personal Information
  • Information about penalties and breaches, set out in our Licence Compliance Policy
  • Our outputs release policy
  • Our citation and copyright requirements

Note: this is a per user per organisation agreement. A new agreement is only required if you move organisations.

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Secure Lab Account setup

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