ONS Safe Researcher Training course (ONS-SRT)

Before researchers can access any data in the National Safe Haven, they must have successfully completed appropriate training.

SCADR regularly delivers the ONS Safe Researcher Training course (ONS-SRT) . Since March 2020 the traditional face-to-face sessions have been replaced by online training.

Specific data controllers may have specific training course requirements, so please do check with your Data Controller or Research Coordinator, to confirm that this course is right for your needs.

Our ONS-SRT course covers researcher responsibilities in handling:

  • individual-level data; 
  • tips for working efficiently in safe research settings and
  • practical advice for generating safe research outputs.

A pass from the online test fulfils the training requirements to access several secure datasets in Scotland and is one part of becoming an Accredited Researcher under the Digital Economy Act to use several other UK safe research settings including the ONS Safe Research Service and the UK Data Service Secure Lab.

Our ONS-SRT is currently the only training course accredited by the UK Statistics Authority (UKSA) under the Digital Economy Act, and is free of charge.


To apply for the ONS Safe Researcher Training course (ONS-SRT):

Please send an email to scadr@ed.ac.uk stating:

  • Your contact details, your job title and the name of the organisation/ institution you work for
  • Your preferred ONS-SRT course date/s
  • What dataset you are looking to access (if known) and whether this is Scottish or non-Scottish data
  • Will you be accessing data through eDRIS or SLS or other provider? (If ‘yes’ please specify and quote any project reference numbers)

The dates which are currently available for 2021 are:

  • Friday 6th August 09.30 -13.30
  • Monday 13th September 13:00-17:00
  • Friday 22 October 9:30-13:30
  • Monday 22 November 13.00 - 17.00
  • Friday 17th December  09.30 - 13.30

The dates which are currently available for 2022 are:

  • Monday 24th January 13.00 - 17.00


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