Data sets

Our University is home to the UK Data Archive, curator of the largest collection of digital data in the social sciences and humanities in the UK. We hold several thousand datasets relating to society, both historical and contemporary. Data is available to research professionals through the UK Data Service.

Our data collections include items such as:

  • UK business microdata including innovation, wages and productivity
  • international macrodata including energy production
  • IMF, OECD and World Bank economic data
  • UK census data
  • UK surveys including population, social attitudes, family expenditure and health
  • international social surveys

How it works

If you're a researcher working for a commercial business, public body or charity then you can register with the UK Data Service to download data from our archive.

If you would like to discuss your project in more detail or would like us to help source data for you, please contact our Research and Enterprise Office using the details below.

Our University has world-leading academics in all of the subjects in which we host data. Our Research and Enterprise Office team will work with you to understand your project and research goals, and provide career researchers to analyse data for you.

Our UK Data Service also provides online guidance on analysing datasets.

Contact us

Research and Enterprise Office

University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, Essex, CO4 3SQ


General data enquiries

University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, Essex, CO4 3SQ