The study would not be possible without you. Every time you are interviewed, you are contributing to a unique study about life in the UK and how it’s changing."

Your Understanding Society interview and COVID-19

In response to the coronavirus situation in the UK, Understanding Society has stopped all face-to-face interviews. We will give all our participants the option to complete their interview online or by telephone instead. We will be writing to you with details of how to securely connect to the online survey or take part in a telephone interview when your usual interview time is approaching. 

At this difficult time it is important to understand the changes that people are having to make in their lives, so please do complete the survey online or by telephone, even if you have not done this before. If you need help completing your survey online or by telephone please get in touch with our participant liaison team. 

We would like to thank all our participants for supporting the Study. Every time you complete your interview you are helping the government, policymakers and university researchers understand more about what real people think, feel and do. This year it is particularly important that you complete your interview, as the government and researchers will be using Understanding Society to understand more about how the Covid-19 outbreak impacts the UK. 

Please look out for your letter from Understanding Society, and contact us if you have any questions about completing your survey.  

Michaela Benzeval, Director of Understanding Society

Professor Michaela Benzeval

Completing your survey online

You can access your online survey here.

If you complete Understanding Society online your unique user name and password will be sent to you through the post. If you are currently being interviewed in person but would rather complete your survey online, please contact the Participant Helpline who can send you login details for the online survey.

Do I need to do anything to prepare for the survey?

You might find it useful to have with you some basic information on your household spending and a recent payslip (if you are in employment) when you complete your survey.

Take the survey

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Understanding Society,
University of Essex,
Wivenhoe Park,
Freephone: 0800 252 853