The UK Data Service is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) to meet the data needs of researchers, students and teachers from all sectors, including academia, central and local government, charities and foundations, independent research centres, think tanks, and business consultants and the commercial sector.
The UK Data Service collection includes major UK government-sponsored surveys, cross-national surveys, longitudinal studies, UK census data, international aggregate, business data, and qualitative data.
To help you get the most from the UK Data Service they run a series of webinars which introduce different aspects of the service and explain the key datasets:
Introduction to the UK Data Service, 11 October
Key issues in reusing data, 26 October
Data management basics, 2 November
Guided walk through ReShare, 12 December
They also run introductory webinars on key data, focusing on the most popular datasets:
UK and cross-national surveys, 9 November
Census data, 16 November
Longitudinal surveys, 23 November
Data about countries, 30 November
Qualitative data, 5 December
Business data, 11 December
All of the webinars run from 15.00—16.00 and are free to attend.