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The UK Data Service – an introduction to data and resources for social scientists

Kieron LJones7 May 2014

16 June 2014
Sussex University

This half-day workshop will introduce participants to the data available from the UK Data Service.

The workshop is aimed primarily at research postgraduates but will be of relevance to other social scientists, research methods teachers and librarians who wish to learn more about the resources and support offered by the UK Data Service.

It will involve a mixture of presentation, group work and hands-on computing sessions using the UK Data Service website to:

  • explore the range of datasets available for reuse including quantitative and qualitative data
  • demonstrate how data can be searched, accessed, browsed and analysed online using a variety of resource discovery and data analysis tools
  • showcase the wide variety of data support materials available, for example video tutorial guides and methodological guides
  • provide information on managing and sharing research data and available help and guidance
  • highlight further training events


Law, Gender and Sexuality: sources and methods in socio-legal research

Kieron LJones28 March 2014

19 May 2014

Organised by:
Institute of Advanced Legal Studies
Event Type:
Research Training
Venue Details:
Institute of Advanced Legal Studies
Charles Clore House
17 Russell Square


This event, organised collaboratively by the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (IALS), the Socio-Legal Studies Association and the British Library, aims is to draw attention to archives and their content that newcomers to the field may not be aware of and to consider the methodological and practical issues involved in analysing sources.

For a copy of the programme, please click here


Feminism and the Law:

  • Feminist Judgments  –   Professor Rosemary Hunter (University of Kent Law School)
  • Feminist approaches to sexuality and law scholarship  –  Professor Rosemary Auchmuty (University of Reading School of Law) 

Multi Collection Repositories:

  • Sisterhood and after: an archive of social and legislative change?  –  Dr Polly Russell (British Library) 
  • British Library collection highlights for research on  law, gender and sexuality  –  Jon Sims (British Library)
  • Highlights from LSE  library including Hall Carpenter Archives and specialist collections of the Women’s Library@lse  –  Heather Dawson  (London School of Economics Library)

Law and Same Sex Partnerships

  • Queering Genealogy through Wills  –  Daniel Monk (Reader in Law, Birkbeck, University of London )
  • Popular culture as sources for research on law in lesbian and gay lives  –  Dr Rosie Harding (Birmingham Law School) 

Legal Professions and Education

  • The IALS Archives of Legal Education –  Elizabeth Dawson (Institute of Advanced Legal Studies)
  • Researching the UK’s first female law professor: thinking about gender, method and sources  –  Professor Fiona Cownie (Keele University School of Law) 
  • On Researching Men, Masculinities and Law: The Examples of Fatherhood and the Legal profession  –  Professor Richard Collier (Professor of Law and Social Theory, Newcastle University)

Visual Sources & Methods in Law, Gender and Sexuality scholarship

  • Images and archives: law , gender and sexuality  –  Professor Leslie Moran (Birkbeck, University of London)
  • The scene of the crime: police photographs, visual culture and sexuality  –  Dr Dominic Janes (Birkbeck, University of London)
  • Legal treasures: on the shelf and online   –  Professor Amanda Perry-Kessaris (University of Kent Law School

REGISTRATION AND PAYMENTS:   For on-line booking and payments, please click here

  • Registration fees:
  • Full Rate: £70.00. 
  • Members of the SLSA: £60.00.  
  • Reduced rate for IALS students only: £30.00

 For further information and queries, please email IALS.Events@sas.ac.uk


Kieron LJones17 December 2013

The economic downturn and recent signs of recovery in the UK raises urgent questions about how we can move to a more stable form of growth that will be and sustainable over the long term. Reliance on unsustainable resources and an adherence to traditional forms of economic growth are placing the UK in a fragile position and undermining our capacity for leadership in innovation. Bold action is required to steer the UK towards a pathway of green growth and thus towards a green economy.

The report of the UCL Green Economy Policy Commission argues that the time is right to move towards a green economy. It provides a synthesis of recent research and evidence in this area, and explores the high-level policies and frameworks necessary to achieve this, making a number of significant policy recommendations. This event will offer an opportunity to hear about the main findings and recommendations as well as a lively panel discussion focusing on some of the major challenges in achieving a green economy as well as considering the possible responses.

Chaired by Gus O’Donnell, Visiting Professor, UCL Political Science and former Head of the Civil Service


Professor Paul Ekins, Chair of the UCL Green Economy Commission and Professor of Resources and Environmental Policy

Steven Fries, Chief Economist, Department of Energy and Climate Change

Followed by a drinks reception

Book your ticket to the launch event on 24 February 2014 from 5pm-8pm.

The UCL Green Economy Policy Commision

The UCL Green Economy Policy Commission, chaired by Professor Paul Ekins, brought together a diverse group of academics with expertise in economics, the built environment, engineering, political science, innovation, and resource efficiency to consider how the UK might implement policies that will support a ‘green economy’. By applying knowledge and perspectives across disciplines, it seeks to offer a novel approach to a complex public policy challenge.

Propaganda, Power & Persuasion

Kieron LJones29 August 2013

A programme of lunchtime mini-debates (1.00 – 2.00 pm) in the Poet’s Circle in the Piazza of the British Library (or in the Upper Ground Floor of the Foyer in case of bad weather) on issues raised by the Library’s current exhibition.

Monday 2 September
Is the News Propaganda?
introduced by Dr Evan Harris, Associate Director, Hacked Off Campaign chaired by Ian Cooke, Curator of Social Science at the British Library
What we read in our daily paper is shaped by the interests of the proprietor, the preoccupations of the editor, the resources of the news desk and competition with its rivals to win audiences and advertisers. How likely is it that we will find the truth?

Tuesday 3 September
Thank Goodness for Propaganda!
introduced by Ruth Fox, Director of the Hansard Society
chaired by Peter Bradley, Director of Speakers’ Corner Trust
Can propaganda ever serve a public interest? If so, where should the line be drawn and by whom?

Wednesday 4 September
New Media – New Propaganda?
introduced by Anthony Barnett, Founder of openDemocracy
chaired by Ian Cooke, Curator of Social Science at the British Library
Does the internet spell an end to propaganda, allowing more democratic communication and quicker responses to events – or does it simply provide new means for the state, and others, to manipulate information and opinion?

Thursday 5 September
Your Propaganda – My Free Speech
introduced by Agnès Callamard, Executive Director of Article 19
chaired by Peter Bradley, Director of Speakers’ Corner Trust
How should we deal with the propaganda of hate? How do we challenge it? Does propaganda have a role to play in democracy’s defence? Can censorship ever be justified and if so in what circumstances?

Event: The politics of central banking

Kieron LJones4 June 2013

The politics of central banking – accountability and independence in a complex world


Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre | Wilkins Building ( Map)
Gower St | London | WC1E 6BT | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student

Speaker information:

Sir John Gieve, Visiting Professor, UCL School of Public Policy

Sir John Gieve, Former Deputy Governor of the Bank of England will give his Inaugural Lecture in his role of visiting Professor at UCL .

The authority and independence of Central Banks had probably never been higher than in 2007 when the financial crisis derailed the Western economy. Five years on they have emerged with additional powers and with their independence confirmed and it is governments which take the flak for languishing economies. Have we got the balance of powers and responsibilities between Banks and Governments right? In a world where inflation targeting has come under question and new economic policies are being developed, what sort of Central Bank independence is appropriate and possible?

Register to attend
School of Public Policy Seminar Series


Alexandra Skinner
+44 (0)20 7679 4999 | alexandra.skinner@ucl.ac.uk

Additional training sessions

Kieron LJones18 January 2013

20th Feb, 2-3pm, 66/72 Gower Street, B.01 – Graduate School Cluster Room
Sources of socio-economic data

 27th Feb, 2-3pm, 66/72 Gower Street, B.01 – Graduate School Cluster Room
Legal sources for human rights

6th Mar, 2-3pm, 1-19 Torrington Place, 113 – Public Cluster
Nexis UK (newspaper database)

Information literacy training

Kieron LJones16 January 2013

Would you like to know more about how to find books, journal articles, etc.?

If so, why not come along to the following training sessions.  No need to book, just turn up.

Tuesday 22nd Jan, Chadwick 2.33 – Public Cluster
1pm-2pm Legal resources for non-lawyers

 Wednesday 23rd Jan, Chadwick 2.33 – Public Cluster
12pm-1pm Introduction to Explore
1pm-2pm Resources for Arts & Humanities

 Friday 25th Jan, Chadwick 2.33 – Public Cluster
12pm-1pm Introduction to Explore
1pm-2pm Resources for Social & Historical Sciences

Please note that places will be allocated on a first come basis, but if demand is high we will run further sessions.

British Government @ LSE programme

Kieron LJones15 November 2012

“British Government@LSE is a new initiative currently based in the Government Department to promote and develop research on British Government being conducted at the LSE: http://www2.lse.ac.uk/government/research/resgroups/BGatLSE/Home.aspx

From time to time there are changes to event details so we strongly recommend that if you plan to attend this event you check back on this listing on the day of the event.

If you would like to learn more about the British Government @ LSE programme please email gov.britgov@lse.ac.uk| and ask to join the mailing list.”

Measures Beyond Money

Kieron LJones13 September 2012

UCL Public Policy, UCL Grand Challenges, and Z/Yen are pleased to announce the autumn 2012 Long Finance Conference on Measures Beyond Money.

The Long Finance Autumn Conference 2012 will combine elements of the Long Finance and Grand Challenges agendas to focus on how to address development challenges in straitened economic times. It will draw particularly on the themes of the Green Growth and Global Health challenges. The event will provide a platform for informed and robust discussion to highlight the most important issues and to offer possible solutions that can have an impact at a policy level. This conference will consider how the challenge of achieving sustainable global prosperity impacts on developing nations, extending the discussion around sustainable growth beyond the economic issues of GDP and a low-carbon economy and engaging with some of the fundamental questions concerning societal infrastructure, what prosperity means and how we can evaluate and measure well-being in a meaningful way.


Dr Stephen Fries, Department for Energy and Climate Change
Dr Paul Ekins , UCL Energy Institute
Dr Balazs Magyar, Bank Sarasin
Fiona Woolf CBE, Alderman, City of London
Professor Stephen Smith, UCL Economics
Professor Michael Mainelli, Z/Yen Group

2pm, 14 November 2012

A V Hill Lecture Theatre
Medical Sciences Building
Gower Street

Followed by a drinks reception in the South Cloisters

To register for this event or to read more about UCL Public Policy, please see our website.

Upcoming ESDS events

Kieron LJones12 June 2012

Family Resources Survey user meeting
Friday 22 June 2012
Royal Statistical Society, London

This meeting will provide a forum for the exchange of information and views between users and producers of the Family Resources Survey.  It is aimed primarily at users and potential users of survey microdata.

The meeting is free to attend and lunch is provided.  To view the programme and book a place please go to http://www.ccsr.ac.uk/esds/events/2012-06-22/


An Introduction to the International Passenger Survey
Friday 29 June 2012
Basement Computer Lab, Humanities Bridgeford Street Building, University of Manchester

A one-day workshop to introduce the International Passenger Survey to those with no or little knowledge of the IPS.

The workshop is free to attend and lunch will be provided.  To view the programme and book a place please go to http://www.ccsr.ac.uk/esds/events/2012-06-29/


Health surveys user meeting
Tuesday 10 July 2012
Royal Statistical Society, London

This meeting will provide a forum for the exchange of information and views between users and producers of the UK health surveys.  It is aimed primarily at users and potential users of survey microdata.  The programme contains a mixture of papers from data producers and researchers and a poster session at lunchtime.

The meeting is free to attend and lunch is provided.  To view the programme and book a place please go to http://www.ccsr.ac.uk/esds/events/2012-07-10/


3-Day Multilevel Modelling Course: Modelling the impact of households and geographies in health research

Multilevel models and MCMC methods using the new STAT-JR package

A workshop given by:

Bill Browne, Centre for Multilevel Modelling, University of Bristol
Ian Plewis, Cathie Marsh Centre for Census and Survey Research, University of Manchester
Mark Tranmer, Cathie Marsh Centre for Census and Survey Research, University of Manchester

Wednesday 11 – Friday 13 July 2012, Humanities Bridgeford Street Building, University of Manchester

The focus of this three day workshop is on the use of new statistical software, STAT-JR, for fitting complex statistical models.  We will focus on multilevel modelling where the multilevel structure is determined by the sample design, in particular on the way the methods can be applied to the Health Survey for England.  This structure will then be used to examine the extent to which variables such as height, weight and BMI are clustered by household and area and whether any of this variability can be accounted for by background variables such as social class and educational qualifications.

The first day will provide a general introduction to the dataset and STAT-JR.  On the second day we will give sessions on Bayesian statistics and MCMC methods that the package uses and then describe its application to continuous multilevel models.  On the third day we will finish by describing its use on binary response models and give a brief demonstration of an alternative E-book interface to the software.  The workshop will be a mixture of lectures and practical sessions using the software on the datasets provided.

What is STAT-JR?
For the beginner, STAT-JR allows access to many different statistical software packages (such as MLwiN, winBUGS and R) through a simple point and click interface.

For the advanced user, STAT-JR allows construction of their own functionality through the writing of or customising of the templates that the system is built upon.

For the software developer, STAT-JR allows incorporation of their packages within the system and easy comparison of their software with other packages that exist.

STAT-JR offers a web based test interface (‘webtest’) and an ‘ebook’ interface that can be used to create and view interactive documents with dynamic execution of the underlying content.

This workshop is jointly organised by ESDS Government and e-Stat, a quantitative node for the ESRC Digital Social Research programme which brings together academics working in statistics and computer science.

A working knowledge of multiple regression and the basics of sample design. This course will be ideal for those with limited knowledge of multilevel and MCMC methods who want to explore these in more detail or those with some knowledge of multilevel models who want to learn STAT-JR.

the workshop fee is £95.  Bookings will not be confirmed until payment is received.

To view the programme and book a place please go to http://www.ccsr.ac.uk/esds/events/2012-07-11/