Statistics provide important information that can support your coursework and research. As part of your studies you may need to find, access and use statistical data. 

Below are some recommended resources that are a good starting place in your search for statistics, however this is only a small sample of the resources we have available and you should also visit your subject page where you will find additional subject specific databases. 

This series brings together all documents relating to the Digest of United Kingdom Energy Statistics (DUKES).

• Eurostat 

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Eurostat is the statistical office of the European Union and its task is to provide the European Union with statistics at European level that enable comparisons between countries and regions.


Use this site to find Government information from departments, publications or statistics.
H.M. Treasury is particularly useful for publications and statistics.

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This gives a wide range of statistics on population, education, (un)employment, agriculture, industry, motor vehicles, railways, TV and radio etc.

Data can be viewed as PDF (downloadable) or Excel format which can then be exported. Make sure to use the "Search within book" option, not Spinger's general search box at the top of the screen.

General pages provide country information and statistics. Investment pages of particular interest.

The UK’s largest independent producer of official statistics. Responsible for collecting and publishing statistics related to the economy, population and society at national, regional, and local levels.

• Passport 

Find and exploit a huge amount of market and socio-demographic data from countries round the world. Explore country profiles, consumer markets, industry and company information.

SLIDES: How to get data from Passport - 10 steps
VIDEO:  How to use Passport (10 mins)

Additional access instructions:

First time users need to register. See this FAQ: How do I access Passport

The world’s largest database for public policy, with more than 3.2 million reports, working papers, policy briefs and data sources from more than 24,000 international organisations, NGOs, think tanks, and research centres. Topics include education, health, housing, local government, international relations, business, industries etc. and all areas of the world are covered. Use options in Advanced Search if you want to search specific countries.

Watch this short video to see how it could help you.

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Free registration required. This gives you access to 25 free searches a month.

Access to more than a million statistics from many different sources. Useful for finding industrial, economic and consumer market statistical trends.

Additional access instructions:

For off campus access use this link

Whilst the UK data sets cover such areas as employment, and family expenditure, the international data sets from major bodies such as the IMF, OECD and World Bank are well worth exploring - often giving information down to country level (previously ESDS).

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Official statistics from the UK Government.

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Use this site to help gather a large range of statistics, including detailed data on progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

A key source for comparing statistics useful for modules on development issues. Scroll down looking on the right to find the wide list of topics covered.