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Gibraltar: Borderline Blues - Geographical

Gibraltar: Borderline Blues - Geographical | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
As the 50th anniversary of Gibraltar’s historical 1967 sovereignty referendum approaches, could recognising an emerging Gibraltarian identity be a solution to the territory's dilemma?
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Article cites Andrew Canessa, Professor of Sociology at the University of Essex, and principal investigator of Bordering on Britishness, an oral history project undertaken by the UK Economic and Social Research Council, the Garrison Library of Gibraltar, and the University of Essex, recording the memories and loyalties of hundreds of Gibraltarians, from across the generations and the ethnic spectrum.

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Interview: Arts and Humanities Research Council chief Andrew Thompson on the impact of Brexit and importance of history in policymaking | Civil Service World

Interview: Arts and Humanities Research Council chief Andrew Thompson on the impact of Brexit and importance of history in policymaking | Civil Service World | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
As an academic specialising in modern empire, Andrew Thompson knows a lot about the trials and tribulations of large organisations. He also runs one. The chief executive of the Arts and Humanities Research Council tells Geoffrey Lyons about the council’s impending transformation and the importance of understanding the past to shape the future
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Article features Andrew Thompson on collaborations with the Economic and Social Research Council and other research councils. 

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Rent Arrears: The human element

Everything is digital these days, even rent arrears. So what role can software play in helping landlords fulfill both their social - and their commercial - purpose by identifying at-risk tenants? Quite a lot, apparently.
 

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This article references a study undertaken by the Cambridge Centre for Housing and Planning Reseach (CCHPR) which receives funding from the ESRC.

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Phonics leads to easier, more accurate, reading, new research finds

Phonics leads to easier, more accurate, reading, new research finds | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Linking symbols to sounds helped adults learn to read unfamiliar scripts.

 

Learning to read through phonics leads to more accurate reading aloud and comprehension than focusing on whole words, new research reveals.

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This research was funded by the ESRC.

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Living life to the fullest

Living life to the fullest | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

A rare insight into what children with life-shortening and life-threatening conditions think about living, dying and their wellbeing is to be given by a new research project coming out of Manchester.

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The study - Life, Death, Disability and the Human: Living Life to the Fullest is an ESRC funded project starting in April.

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Research on Rochdale Kashmiri 

Research on Rochdale Kashmiri  | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
Kashmiris from different walks of life participated in a celebratory event at the Kashmir Youth Project (KYP) a
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Article cites an event at the ESRC Festival of Social Science

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The British umpire: how the IFS became the most influential voice in the economic debate 

The British umpire: how the IFS became the most influential voice in the economic debate  | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

The long read: When the media sizes up tomorrow’s budget, one verdict will matter more than all the others. What’s the secret behind the Institute for Fiscal Studies’ extraordinary power?

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Article regarding the ESRC-funded IFS

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Professor Jenny Kitzinger shortlisted for ESRC research impact prize

Professor Jenny Kitzinger shortlisted for ESRC research impact prize | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

The nomination, alongside her colleague, and sister, Professor Celia Kitzinger (University of York) relates to their research on family experiences of coma, the vegetative and minimally conscious state.

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Article cites the ESRC Impact Prize and the nomination of Professor Kitzinger based at the University of York

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Unloved and sidelined: why are social sciences neglected by politicians?

Unloved and sidelined: why are social sciences neglected by politicians? | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Social sciences can help governments address important social and political challenges, but many academics feel their research is ignored

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Article cites the ESRC and also quotes Professor Jane Elliott, Chief Executive.

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Funding boost for postgrad studies

Funding boost for postgrad studies | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Students at the University of York have received scholarships to study Masters degrees as part of a new multi-million pound scheme.


Around 68 students have received scholarships as part of the scheme to encourage under-represented groups into postgraduate education.

York is a member of a consortium of six universities - Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle, Sheffield, Warwick and York - which secured £3m funding from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) to develop ways of attracting and supporting disadvantaged students into postgraduate study


Dr Paul Wakeling, a Senior Lecturer in Education at York, who is an expert on access to postgraduate study, is leading the research that will underpin the project at York.


Dr Wakeling is also working on behalf of HEFCE and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) to identify and advise on the emergent findings from the portfolio of 20 projects funded by HEFCE under the Postgraduate Support Scheme.

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Longer Work Hours Linked With Higher Diabetes Risk

Longer Work Hours Linked With Higher Diabetes Risk | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Working overtime may result in a bigger paycheck, but it may also be linked with serious health problems.

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The study was part-funded by the Economic and Social Research Council.

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BBC Points West, 03/09/2014

BBC Points West, 03/09/2014 | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

The latest news, sport, weather and features from the West of England.

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Professor David Galbreath, of the University of Bath, who is involved in various ESRC projects, including Biochemical security 2030 and 'The Drivers of Military Strategic Reform in the Face of Economic Crisis and Changing Warfare', is interviewed between 4.04 and 4.33 minutes into the programme, about why world leaders feel the need for extra protection at the NATO summit in Wales.

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Data protection regulation warned against

Data protection regulation warned against | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Europe: Evidence-based policy making in Europe is at risk from changes to a data protection regulation being considered by the European Union, according to an open letter signed by almost 30 leading scientists. 

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Europe's leading scientists including ESRC's CEO and President of Science Europe Professor Paul Boyle, have highlighted in a joint letter, that proposed European Parliament amendments to data protection legislation will undermine beneficial scientific research. 


Article originally published 19 August 2014.

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Why is it easier to say vulgarities in a foreign language? 

Why is it easier to say vulgarities in a foreign language?  | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Le Monde explores Wilhelmiina Toivo work on "reduced emotional resonance."  [This article is in French] 

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Wilhelmiina Toivo is an ESRC-funded PhD student from the University of Glasgow, joint winner of Making Sense of Society, the ESRC’s writing competition 2017. 

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Dudley academic recognised with national award

Dudley academic recognised with national award | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Dr Sarah Mills received the Gill Memorial Award from the Royal Geographical Society in recognition of her 'outstanding early career research in cultural geography'.

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Dr Sarah Millls has held two ESRC Fellowships - "A rite of passage?": The National Citizen Service and the Geographies of Youth Citizenship and Geographies of Youth Citizenship in Scouting.

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Aberdeen to lead research on global warming

Aberdeen to lead research on global warming | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

A new project, led by Professor Pete Smith from the University of Aberdeen, has received two million pounds of funding to investigate how soil can be used to combat global warming

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The research has been received funding from the ESRC.

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Funds for post-Brexit fishing study

Funds for post-Brexit fishing study | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

A project exploring UK fisheries policy post-Brexit has won funding from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). The research, a collaboration between the University of Aberdeen and University of the West of Scotland (UWS), is among only 25 to be awarded the competitive funding, which is part of the UK in a Changing Europe initiative.

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The UK in a Changing Europe initiative is funded by the ESRC.

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Free sanitary pads help African girls stay in school

Free sanitary pads help African girls stay in school | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Giving schoolgirls in the developing world lessons on puberty and free sanitary pads can help boost their attendance at school and may offer them long-term economic benefits.

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The research was funded by the Economic and Social Research Council as part of a project called "Menstruation and the Cycle of Poverty," in collaboration with the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) University of London.

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Best of British leads way in world-class research

Best of British leads way in world-class research | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

UK universities produce higher-quality research for the money spent than anywhere else in the world. While US universities spend far more on research and get more citations, their British counterparts are considered to be better value for money.

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This article highlights the Research Councils as a key research funder, and includes a comment by former ESRC chief executive Professor Sir Ian Diamond.

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University research on terrorism may never be free from interference

University research on terrorism may never be free from interference | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Government agencies are regular attendees at academic meetings on conflict and terrorism, but their influence may affect the transparency of research

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Article cites the ESRC and the Understanding, countering and mitigating security threats Research and Evidence Hub

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ESRC: fine-tuning is nothing for fledgling scholars to fear

ESRC: fine-tuning is nothing for fledgling scholars to fear | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Research council chief insists the benefits of narrowing funding range for grants scheme outweigh risks

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The article is about the new ESRC funding thresholds.

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The Science of Society

The Science of Society | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

The last two UK governments have invested heavily in social science research. But we still do not know how to use the results in order to start improving society. This has to change, and soon.

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Article cites the ESRC-funded What Works Network

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David Willetts given fellowship by Academy of Social Sciences

David Willetts given fellowship by Academy of Social Sciences | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Former universities minister David Willetts ranks among “34 leading social scientists” awarded fellowship status by the Academy of Social Sciences.


Among others also honoured were the new University of Leicester vice-chancellor Paul Boyle, an international authority on population and health geography who has led the Economic and Social Research Council for the past four years.

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The article mentions former ESRC Chief Executive Professor Paul Boyle, now vice-chancellor of the University of Leicester.

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Once the richest man in Scotland, now its voice of reason - Telegraph

Once the richest man in Scotland, now its voice of reason - Telegraph | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
Ever the philanthropist, Sir Tom Hunter wants to help referendum voters decide
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The article refers to the free ebook produced by the ESRC Future of the UK and Scotland programme.

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Public backs removing citizenship from Britons fighting abroad – even for a good cause

Public backs removing citizenship from Britons fighting abroad – even for a good cause | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

The UK government is making noises about potentially stripping British people of their citizenship if they join conflicts abroad. But while the proposal is aimed at deterring people from joining Islamic State and other militant groups, our research found support for taking citizenship away even if Britons fight in foreign lands for causes more aligned with UK interests.

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This article, based on current discussions around British citizenship, is written by Thomas Scotto, Harold D Clarke, Jeson Reifler and Paul Whiteley - researchers who all receive funding from the Economic and Social Research Council.

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