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New data from the 2021 Census for England and Wales release.

This release contains ethnic group, national identity, language, and religion data for those living in England and Wales.
Some of the key takeaways from the release include:
  • For the first time ever in a census of England and Wales, fewer than half of the population (46.2%) described themselves as ‘Christian’. This represented a 13.1 percentage point decrease from the previous census in 2011 (down from 59.3%).
  • While ‘Christian’ remained the largest religious group, ‘No religion’ was the second largest group, increasing from 25.2% in 2011 to 37.2% in the 2021 census. The percentage of people describing themselves as ‘Muslim’ also increased (from 4.9% in 2011 to 6.5% in 2021), as did the percentage identifying as ‘Hindu’ (from 1.5% in 2011 to 1.7% in 2021).
  • Those indicating their ethnic group as ‘White’ declined from 86% in the 2011 census to 81.7% in 2021. The second largest ethnic group in the 2021 census was ‘Asian, Asian British or Asian Welsh’, accounting for 9.3% of the population.
  • There was a significant rise in the percentage of people choosing a ‘British only’ national identity, increasing from 19.1% in 2011 to 54.8% in the 2021 census. Those choosing an ‘English only’ identity fell from 57.7% in 2011 to just 14.9% in 2021. Although some of this change may be genuine, it may also reflect a change in the question structure.

New UK Data Service student pages

UKDS has launched new web pages aimed at students and new researchers. The new section is easily accessible from the Learning hub, and brings all student resources together:


UKDS will be hosting a number of free events to help undergraduate students at all levels learn more about available data and plan projects. Browse the events pages for a full list of what is available.

Dissertation Award

The annual Dissertation Award is open for 2022-2023. The UK Data Service Dissertation Award recognises students who use data from the UK Data Service in their undergraduate dissertations. Awards will be given to the three best dissertations from this academic year. Each winning entry will receive £300 and be publicised via our website, blog and newsletter (you can read about last year’s winners here). This year’s deadline for submissions is 12:00 (noon) on 28 June 2023. Visit this year’s award launch page for information about how to apply.


Bloomberg is no longer available from the SSL library.

Any readers who wish to access this kind of business intelligence can use the Refinitiv Eikon terminal in the data area, as well as online resources such as Capital IQ and others listed on the Data Analysis Tools & Training page of this guide or Economics subject guide.

Those readers who have a particular need to use Bloomberg - perhaps to develop a familiarity with how it works can still access it in the Sainsbury Library in the Said Business School. They will need to email the Sainsbury to arrange to use it.

Social Science Data in the Bodleian

Contact the Bodleian Social Science Library if you wish to ask a question or seek more help .

Data Training

Data training in the University

Many training opportunities are available within the University to gain valuable research skills and develop a better understanding of finding and working with data. Workshops are run by different departments, from the Bodleian Library's iSkills sessions to IT Learning Centre courses. Booking links are available in the course description.

External data training & events

Online training opportunities, as well as various workshops, seminars and conferences available from UKDS and other organisations.

Subject and Data Librarian

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Bodleian Social Science Library
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+44 (0)1865 2-85936

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