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Miss Vanessa Higgins - personal details

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Role: Research Fellow

Tel: 0161 275-7766






I am the Director of User Support and Training for the UK Data service. The UK Data Service provides a single point of access to a wide range of secondary data including large-scale government surveys, international macrodata, business microdata, qualitative studies and census data. I lead the User Support and Training team to deliver a portfolio of data workshops and user meetings in addition to helpdesk support and online resources for researchers and teachers using the data. Previously I was the Manager of the Economic and Social Data Service (Government), managing a team in CCSR to provide specialist support for users of government surveys. Before joining CCSR I worked at the Office for National Statistics (ONS) as a researcher on large-scale national surveys and I held research posts at the University of Stirling and Liverpool John Moores University.


My main research interest is health inequality, particularly obesity. I have worked on a number of projects related to obesity, including an ESRC-funded study to examine ethnic differences in obesity, diet and physical activity using the Health Survey for England data. I am also studying for my Phd (part-time) on the topic on Ethnic Differences in Obesity. My methodological interests are primarily in quantitative methods and the secondary analysis of large-scale quantitative data.