New ESRC Resource Centre puts British Birth Cohort Studies on a firm footing

5 April 2005

From October 2004 the new ESRC Resource Centre, based at the Institution of Education, has been able to provide a secure home for three of the British Birth Cohorts.

The decision of the ESRC to fund this Centre finally gives the data collection of the 1958, 1970 and Millennium birth cohorts an assured future and recognises their status as national treasures with world-wide renown.

This new Resource Centre, under the direction of Professor Heather Joshi, will provide support and facilities for those using the National Child Development Study (1958), the 1970 British Cohort Study (1970) and the latest Millennium Cohort Study (MCS).  The Resource Centre builds on the foundation of the existing Centre for Longitudinal Studies, and will be responsible for the conservation, development and dissemination of the three British Cohort Studies.

Over the next six years, the Resource Centre will be responsible for organising regular user forums for the sharing of results and innovative methodologies. Practical workshops introducing new users to the datasets will also be held at least twice a year.  International conferences are also planned, to share results of research conducted using the cohort studies.  Further information about these events will be made available via this website.