us study

covid-19 social study

The Covid-19 Social Study is a panel study of the psychological and social experiences of adults in the UK during the outbreak of COVID-19 run by University College London

Over 90,000 people are currently participating in the study, completing weekly online surveys about their experiences and behaviours. 

We have started recruiting participants for a qualitative interview study.

The results from this study are vital if we are to understand the effects of the virus and social isolation measures on individuals. They will help us to track trajectories of mental health and loneliness in the UK over the coming weeks, identify which groups are most at risk, and understand the effects of any potentially protective activities people could be engaging in. This will help to inform the advice that people are given about how to stay well at home.


The study is still open to new participants and any support with recruitment is appreciated. Please see links at the top of this page.

WEEKLY REPORTs and more information

at our new website:

The Team

Dr Daisy Fancourt

Professor Andrew Steptoe


We are grateful for support with recruitment from Find Out Now, HealthWise Wales, NUS, Age UK, SEO Works, the Ramblers, and FieldworkHub.

Thanks also to Verena Schneider, Charles Brown, Annabel Pilecka, Ollie Dixon and all of the volunteers who have helped to share the study widely.

Dr Louise Baxter

Dr Feifei Bu

Dr Alex Burton 

Dr Karen Mak


We have gathered a range of online and offline creative activities to engage with in isolation:

MARCH Network
P:     020 3108 6282

The MARCH Network                                  

University College London

Torrington Place

London WC1E 7HB

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The MARCH Network is funded by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) as part of the 2018 Cross-Council Mental Health Plus call