Access to the Secure Lab

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

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

  • For ONS data: researchers must be an ONS Accredited Researcher, and the forms required to apply for this status will be made available during the application process. Further details are available from: ONS Approved Researcher Scheme
  • For non-government data: researchers must 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.

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 User of Research data Environments (SURE) training course. The UK Data Service holds these courses fortnightly in London, and users who apply for access will be contacted to arrange attendance.

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, users are provided with their login credentials for access to the UK Data Service Secure Lab.

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

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