Autumn 2014 Edition



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Welcome to the Autumn edition of NILS News

Welcome to the latest issue of NILS News which keeps you up-to-date on the Northern Ireland Longitudinal Study (NILS), and the related Northern Ireland Mortality Study (NIMS), including latest news, events and publications.

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Health, housing tenure and entrapment 2001-2011: Does changing tenure and address improve health?

The project explores the relationships between changing health and housing tenure status, and also spatial mobility in Northern Ireland between 2001-2011. A particular focus is on the extent to which different tenure trajectories (e.g. movements from social rented to owner occupied housing) are associated with changes in health status, and how these are linked to different kinds of spatial move between different types of place. 

Researchers Dr. Ian Shuttleworth (Queen’s University Belfast) and Dr. Myles Gould (University of Leeds) have been working on project 067 since its approval in 2013. In this time they have produced some very interesting material. One such output was recently presented at the British Society for Population Studies, Winchester. The presentation investigates relationships between changing health & housing tenure in Northern Ireland, 2001-2011 and also considers whether changing health status is linked to different kinds of spatial mobility.

For further information on this please see the following link: 

'Health, housing tenure & entrapment 2001-2011: Does changing tenure and address improve health?'     

Did you know: Those remaining in owner occupied properties between 2001 and 2011 are more likely to remain in good health than social or private renters.



Project Ideas first in the series of our Project Ideas, which covers the subject of Marital Status, has been published online. This new section of the website includes various project ideas and their possible development as well as suggestions of other projects from other Longitudinal Studies that may be relevant and also any additional information held by NILS-RSU (such as NILS fact sheets).

Do you know of any potential NILS projects that are in the pipeline? Informing the RSU helps with resource planning and allocation.

Ideas will be treated as ‘Academic – in confidence’.

Potential projects can be very early ideas, reasonably well developed ideas or projects almost ready to go to the Research Approvals Group (RAG). As a minimum we need to know when project application forms are being drafted. All we need is a very short 10-15 word title to allow us to plan ahead and allocate resources effectively.

Research Briefs - There are a range of research briefs online giving an overview of individual projects and some significant findings from the research. These briefs may be helpful when generating project ideas and also to get an idea of the possible policy implications of the research.

Every NILS-RSU project must have a health aspect which creates potential for policy impacts within the health sector.   An example of a project with clear potential policy impacts is Demographic and socio-economic determinants of antibiotic consumption in Northern Ireland. Further good examples can be found on the research briefs section of the website.


NILS Fact Sheets

In our summer newsletter we introduced the new NILS Fact Sheets which have been well received by NILS-Users as a useful resource. Fact Sheets are published on a fortnightly basis and can be found in the Research Ideas section of our website.  The Fact Sheets highlight the potential uses for NILS in policy and Government research work. This section of the website will be expanded over time to respond to project ideas and policy specific research. We hope this will help stimulate some new projects ideas and possibly some collaborative approaches.  Fact sheets so far include the subjects:

·         Marital Status

·         Self-Reported Health

·         Unpaid Care

·         Limiting Long-Term Illness

·         Highest Qualification

·         Irish Language

Please feel free to spread the word about our Fact Sheets to other colleagues or departments that you feel may have an interest.


NILS Approved Researcher Status

This will be mandatory from 1st July 2014.

Reminder: All new and existing researchers are now required to attain Approved Researcher status by completing the Application for Accreditation as an Approved Researcher form and to complete Safe Researcher Training. All researchers who wish to access data within the safe-setting are also required to have Baseline Personal Security Standard (BPSS) clearance. To be granted BPSS researchers will need to submit valid identification documents and complete an Access NI form.

Please contact the NILS-RSU for further details


Next NILS Data Release

The next planned data releases are:

September 2014: to include a full 1991 Census link – Applications for 1991 data will be considered for November’s RAG meeting. This includes applications to add 1991 data to existing projects.

January 2015: to include Health Download data until October 2014, GRO Births and Deaths until end 2013 and an updated NIMS11 database with Death data to end 2013.

Spring 2015: to include NIMS91 link.


Next NILS RAG Dates

The NILS Research Approvals Group (NILS RAG) meets every two months to consider applications for approval. A schedule has been released for NILS RAG meetings for the coming months. It should be noted that new applications must be submitted to the NILS-RSU by 5pm TEN WORKING DAYS prior to the RAG meeting for consideration.

RAG Application Deadline


23rd October 2014

7th November 2014

18th December 2014

12th January 2015


More information on developing potential projects can be found in the Access section of the NILS-RSU website. For more details contact the NILS-RSU.


Policy Impact Questionnaire

Are you involved with a current project or have you recently completed research on a project? If so we would like to remind you about our Policy Impact Questionnaire.

Your response would be greatly appreciated as it will help us to collect regular and up-to-date information on the public policy impact of all NILS and NIMS research. This will enable the array of public policy relevant research that has been completed to be demonstrated and help justify the current and future funding of the NILS and NIMS research.


Dates For Your Diary

The next Safe researcher training session will take place in McAuley House on 21st October 2014 at 2pm. Safe researcher training is provided by RSU on a monthly basis.

Keep an eye on the NILS-RSU website and twitter account for more upcoming training dates.

Safe Researcher Training Dates

21st October 2014 @2pm

19th November 2014 @ 2pm

15th December 2014 @ 2pm

Please contact NILS-RSU to book your place on Safe researcher training.

The NILS Research Forum is offering a few short-courses and workshop events aimed at NILS-researchers, academics and postgraduate students from QUB, Ulster University and NILS/NISRA staff this year. The events are free of charge for NILS-users and for students, but we would ask staff members who are not NILS-users to pay a course fee of £60. 

·         Introduction to the R-Package for Statistical Analysis (Tuesday, 7th October 2014)

·         Introduction to Multilevel Modelling in ML-Win (Monday 3rd & Tuesday 4th November 2014)

·         Demographic Analysis of Area, Individual and Longitudinal Data (9th December 2014)

Please contact to reserve your place on a NILS Research Forum event.

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