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The list below gives examples of sources of datasets which may be used for research.

FTSE Russell Indexes

ft.com/marketsdata offers data from its archive of indices for a specified working day date to Financial Times online subscribers only. Its 'World markets at a glance' carries shares indices and 'FT500, Fixed incomes, Commodities, Interest rates' features gilts indices.

The FTSE Russell site allows selection from a global range of FTSE Russell Indexes  including these UK indices, developed by the Financial Times, FTSE and now FTSE Russell since 1962 (following the original Actuaries Investment Index, compiled by the Institute of Actuaries and Faculty of Actuaries, 1929-1962) :

Please note FTSE Russell International Limited (FTSE Russsell)'s statements on trademark, licences and disclaimer of liability for errors or omissions in its provision of data, and permissions required for use, allowing no further distribution without consent.

Researchers may be interested in the Heriot-Watt University collation for gilts indices in British Government Securities database having regard to the compilers' notices.

Continuous Mortality Investigation

Much of the CMI’s work is based on analysing data supplied by UK life assurance companies and by actuarial consultancies, in respect of members of large self-administered pension schemes (SAPS).

The CMI is funded by subscriptions. Subscribers receive results for any data they have submitted and results presenting the experience of the aggregated dataset.

For further information, see About the CMI.

For details about the provision of CMI data for research purposes, see Uses of data.

The Economic and Social Data Service (ESDS)           

A national data archiving and dissemination service. The ESDS works collaboratively to provide preservation, dissemination, user support and training for an extensive range of key economic and social data, both quantitative and qualitative, spanning many disciplines and themes.

To download any data you must register with ESDS, agree to an End User Licence (EUL) and provide details of your intended use. For further information see: http://www.esds.ac.uk/aandp/access/access.asp

Enquiries: help@esds.ac.uk

HESonline (Hospital Episode Statistics)

The national statistical data warehouse for England of the care provided by NHS hospitals and for NHS hospital patients treated elsewhere. HES is the data source for a wide range of healthcare analysis for the NHS, government and many other organisations and individuals.

Much data is available for downloading on a self-service basis. Customised reports can also be requested.

Enquiries: enquiries@ic.nhs.uk

Contact Details

If you have any enquiries about data sets please contact the Library.

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    11 October 2022

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    Social care reform has long been on the to-do list for successive governments over the last two decades. In February, the government’s proposed reforms to adult social care [including cap on care costs] was published. Against this backdrop of funding promise and rising National Insurance taxation, in this session we will debate the resilience of these new proposals, the impact of future demand for care services and what role for the insurance industry and the important role it has played in long-term care funding in other countries where public-private partnership works.

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    21 November 2022 - 23 November 2022
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    ACC Liverpool Kings Dock Liverpool Waterfront Liverpool Merseyside L3 4FP
    23 November 2022 - 25 November 2022
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    Life Conference returns as an in-person conference in 2022, giving you an opportunity to connect with your peers and fellow actuaries in your sector, in person. You will also hear leading experts discuss key issues, emerging ideas, and new research across the Life insurance sector.

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