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Introduction to the 1970 British Cohort Study

Introduction to the 1970 British Cohort Study

This lunchtime webinar gives first-time users and researchers less familiar with the

This lunchtime webinar gives first-time users and researchers less familiar with the 1970 British Cohort Study an insight into this invaluable longitudinal cohort dataset. This session describes the study aims, content and design as well as offering a helpful look at some of the types of research that can be done using the study. This session is available live, with your chance to ask questions of an expert panel.


About the event

This webinar is aimed at new users of the 1970 British Cohort Study, in particular, but not exclusively, researchers who are interested in physical health and exercise; mental health and well-being; families and relationships; education and cognition; and social mobility from early to midlife.  It aims to guide you through the process of accessing and making effective use of the data for your own research projects.

This online webinar is free to attend and will be conducted live, with an opportunity to ask questions. Registrants will receive a link to a video recording and slide deck.

BCS70 follows the lives of around 17,000 people born across England, Scotland, and Wales in a single week of 1970. Survey data is currently available from birth to age 46 years, along with linked administrative health and geographical data, combined with biomedical, COVID-19 and other innovative data.

The data includes multiple measures of the cohort members’ physical, socio-emotional cognitive and behavioural development over time, as well as detailed information on their daily life, attitudes and experiences. Alongside this, rich information on employment, economic circumstances, parenting, relationships and family life is available.


Webinar aims

  • Communicate the aims and purpose of the 1970 British Cohort Study
  • Discuss the sample and study design
  • Highlight the types of data available
  • Summarise the data enhancements including dietary diaries, accelerometery data, offspring survey and linked administrative data opportunities
  • Showcase some examples of research using the data
  • Demonstrate how to access the data and more information about the study


Webinar presenters

  • Vanessa Moulton, Senior Research Associate, Centre for Longitudinal Studies
  • Morag Henderson, Associate Professor in Sociology, Centre for Longitudinal Studies
  • Matt Brown, Senior Survey Manager
  • George Ploubidis, Professor of Population Health and Statistics, Research Director and Principal Investigator of the National Child Development Study and 1970 British Cohort Study
  • Sam Parsons, Research Fellow