Access to the Secure Lab

Information about how registered users can apply for access to Controlled data via the UK Data Service Secure Lab.

Access to the Secure Lab is available to researchers who can fulfil the access requirements for the data required:

  • The purpose of your use/project must be to serve the 'public good'.
  • Access must be from within the UK.
  • For ONS data: researchers must be an ONS Accredited Researcher, and details on how to apply for this status will be provided during the application process. Further details are available from: ONS Approved Researcher Scheme
  • For non-government data: selected studies require researchers to be based at a UK academic institution or an ESRC-funded research centre, and be an ESRC Accredited Researcher. PhD and research students can request access but will need to apply jointly with their supervisors. We do have some studies that are available to all researchers who can meet the conditions of access. Refer to the 'Access' tab for each study in the Data Catalogue for details of any access restrictions.
  • SN 6676 can be accessed by German researchers via the IAB RDC, Nuremberg, but the other conditions of access for this study still apply.

For further information and details about our security philosophy and software available, see Secure Lab: How it works and our 5 Safes animation explaining the process.

Applying for access
Complete user agreement
Attend training course

Attend a training course

Before users can access any Controlled data they must have successfully completed the Safe Researcher training course. The UK Data Service holds these courses in London and Colchester, and users who apply for access will be contacted to arrange attendance. Workshops in London and Colchester are temporarily suspended and users who apply will be contacted regarding online arrangements. See Covid-19.

Training covers:

  • An introduction to the UK Data Service and other similar services
  • Data security and personal responsibility, including legal background, security model, breaches and penalties
  • Statistical Disclosure Control - how to make statistical outputs safe and what principles are used, including hands-on exercises
  • Using the Secure Lab - how to use it, how to obtain outputs and how to use the interface safely

After attending the training course, and passing the associated test, users will be provided with their login credentials for access to the UK Data Service Secure Lab.

Note: The training course is part of the ONS Approved Researcher Scheme to become an ONS Accredited Researcher.

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