Download the transcript for episode 6 of our podcast series ’50 Years of Life in Britain’, and listen below.
Our last episode of the series examines how BCS70 and our study members have been faring during the pandemic and looks to the future of longitudinal research. We find out more about the COVID-19 survey, sent to over 50,000 participants in five of Britain’s cohort studies, including BCS70, and we speak to study members about their experiences of lockdown. We also find out more about the benefits of launching a new cohort study in the coming years.
Download the transcript for episode 5 of our podcast series ’50 Years of Life in Britain’, and listen below.
In this episode, we move into the 2010s to find out how our study members were faring in their forties. We learn how BCS70 cast light on increasing rates of mental ill-health among men, and find out more about the most recent biomedical survey where participants were given a health MOT. We also chat to one of our in-house study detectives about the role they play tracing long lost study participants.
Download the transcript for episode 4 of our podcast series ’50 Years of Life in Britain’, and listen below.
In this fourth episode, we move into the new millennium, when the study enjoyed a golden decade. With BCS70 greatly valued by scientists and policymakers, the study was funded to meet participants on three occasions and was regularly cited by New Labour in government policy. With this new-found recognition, researchers across the globe started using BCS70 in conjunction with other birth cohort studies to see how members of Generation X were faring compared to other generations. We also speak to study members about their careers and lives in their thirties.
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In this third episode, we move into the 1990s to find out how BCS70 and its staff survived the lean years of the 80s and early 90s, and managed to get back in contact with study members after a 10 year gap. We learn about the study’s stark findings on adults’ numeracy and literacy, which led to the government’s Skills for Life adult learning programme. We also ask study members what it was like to join the study again as adults and find out how they were getting on in the big wide world after the boom and bust years.
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In this second episode, we move into the 1980s to find out how Neville Butler kept BCS70 going during a decade of austerity. We learn about the benefits of reading for pleasure for children’s English and maths skills. We also ask study participants about their teenage years and find out what it was like sharing their 19th birthday with 4,000 other people at Alton Towers.
Download the transcript for episode 1 of our podcast series ’50 Years of Life in Britain’, and listen below.
Join us as we celebrate 50 years of BCS70 with a new podcast series. Over the course of six weeks, ‘50 Years of Life in Britain’ explores the contribution you and your fellow study members have made to improving British science and society. In our first episode, we explore the first decade of BCS70 and the impact of its early years research on policy many years later.
To mark your 50th birthdays, and to say thank you for everything you’ve given to the study for half a century, we sent you a copy of this special anniversary publication. We hope you take pride in reading about how much BCS70 has already achieved, thanks to you.
This booklet was given to participants and their partners who we have requested permission to add other information about them from the NHS, DWP, or HMRC.
This booklet provides you with information about the survey and what it will involve.
This booklet was sent to you in April 2019. It covers findings from the study about your health including physical functioning, metabolic health and cognitive function.