An Introduction to the Scottish Longitudinal Study (SLS) Data



Organised by:

Scottish Longitudinal Study Development & Support Unit (SLS-DSU), University of Edinburgh


Prof Christopher Dibben


Entry (no or almost no prior knowledge)


Angela Fallon, 07786056778,


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Longitudinal Studies Centre for Scotland
The National Records of Scotland
Ladywell House
Ladywell Road


Join us to learn about the SLS data at this free event via self-learn training material & a hands-on online lab session in R.

About this event:

(i) You will be given access to self-learn training materials (videos) which will focus on the SLS and the types of research that can be done with it, including:

-  Introduction to the SLS and what we can do with the SLS

-  Accessing the SLS and linking health data to the SLS

-  Education data, the SLS Data Dictionary and bringing in external data to your SLS project

ii) On Friday 10th Dec a live hands-on online lab session using SLS synthetic data. The session run in R will include:

-  Variable selection from a SLS project on persons not in employment, education or training (NEET)

-  Recoding variables/exploratory data analysis to get a feel for working with SLS data

Further, this drop-in open session provides an opportunity for anyone interested in using the SLS to ask questions to SLS-DSU staff on the self-learn training materials or about potential research projects using the SLS.

Please note, the self-learn modules (videos) and the SLS synthetic data will be made available in advance of the live session.

About the SLS:

The Scottish Longitudinal Study (SLS) SLS links together routinely collected administrative data for a 5.3% representative sample of the Scottish population (about 270,000 people). It includes a wealth of information from the censuses (1991-2011), vital events registrations (births, deaths, marriages), and education data from 2007 onwards. The SLS with appropriate permissions can also be linked to other health data sources including cancer registry and hospital admission data. The size and scope of the SLS make it an unparalleled resource for analysing a range of socio-economic, demographic and health questions, including those which are based on reasonably rare events. The longitudinal nature of the SLS is particularly valuable, it provides insights into the health and social status of the Scottish population and, how it changes over time. More info from:



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Longitudinal Research , Longitudinal Studies, population data,

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Longitudinal Research

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