1. Introduction

Each year, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) organises a collection of online research events called the Research Excellence Series. The series showcases exceptional research projects that use a diverse wealth of invaluable research data. These data are used by researchers to produce new insights, inform change and make a difference in people’s lives.

This year, we have invited presenters from the ADR UK Conference 2023.

The ADR UK Conference took place in Birmingham in November 2023. The event brought together 400 researchers and other professionals working for the public good. Presentations spanned an array of themes, from health outcomes to the justice system.

We are looking forward to this year’s series of talks, which include the event’s oral presentation award winners and the authors of the most popular abstracts from the conference. The abstracts are published on the International Journal of Population Data Science website. We are also delighted to invite the conference keynote speakers to discuss a project that they are currently working on.

On this page, you can learn more about this year’s programme of insightful talks and how to book your place.

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2. Research Excellence Series 2024

Find out about our online events

Thursday 18 July - 10:30 to 11:30 

Virtual event: Maternal disability and newborn discharge to child protection in Ontario, Canada.  

Who: Claire Grant (University College London) 

Where:  Virtual MS Teams 

About: this presentation is a population-based study, which uses linked administrative health data in Ontario, Canada, to estimate the relative risk of newborn discharge to child protection, comparing newborns of women with and without disabilities. 

Claire won the "Best student oral presentation" at the Administrative Data Research UK (ADR UK) conference. You can read Claire's abstract on the work before attending.   

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Tuesday 13 August - 10:30 to 11:30  

Virtual event: Ethical review to support Responsible responsible AI artificial intelligence in policing: A preliminary study of West Midlands Police's specialist data ethics review committee.  

Who: Prof Marion Oswald MBE (Northumbria University) 

Where: Virtual MS Teams 

About: this presentation will discuss the results of the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)-AHRC-funded scoping study, which has investigated the impact effect of the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner PCC and West Midlands Police data ethics committee on responsible AI artificial intelligence in policing. 

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Thursday 12 September - 10:30 to 11:30  

Virtual event: Emergency department presentations with suicidal ideation: a missed opportunity for intervention? 

Who: Dr Emma Ross (Queen's University Belfast) 

Where: Virtual MS Teams 

About: this presentation will highlight evidence to suggest that emergency departments provide an important intervention point for reducing suicides and other preventable deaths in individuals who present with suicidal ideation. 

Emma won the "Best oral presentation" at the Administrative Data Research UK (ADR UK) conference. You can read Dr Ross's abstract on the work before attending.  

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Thursday 3 October - 10:30 to 11:30 

Virtual event: Developing data Engineering engineering Principles principles for creating Research research data 

Who: Jonathan Swan (Office for National Statistics) 

Where: Virtual MS Teams 

About: this presentation will talk about developing a framework for data engineering principles very much focused on meeting the needs of researchers.  Using such a framework will allow data engineers to improve the usability and quality of data delivered to researchers. 

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Thursday 17 October - 10:30 to 11:30

Virtual event: Showcasing methods for diverse stakeholder involvement in database design.

Who: Dr Cheryl McQuire (University of Bristol) 

Where: Virtual MS Teams 

About:  the presentation will describe our flexible and diverse approach to involving people living with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) and professional stakeholders to establish the feasibility and acceptability of creating the first UK National national Database database for FASD.

You can read Dr McQuire's abstract on the work before attending. 

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Thursday 7 November - 10:30 to 11:30  

Virtual event: Inequalities in chronic and infectious diseases. Approaches through big data insights and community health 

Who: Professor Rohini Mathur (Queen Mary University of London) 

Where: Virtual MS Teams 

About: this talk will discuss a range of previous research projects which that highlight how big data have been used to address health inequalities in the UK and how they are supporting quality improvement initiatives in the UK and internationally. 

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3. Integrated Data Service

We are committed to providing up-to-date information on the Integrated Data Service (IDS). We have provided a dedicated section on the ONS website to support users with regular updates.

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4. More information

If you have any questions about research events at the Office for National Statistics (ONS), please email srs.engagement.team@ons.gov.uk.

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