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Only Bulgaria beats Britain for TV addicts

Only Bulgaria beats Britain for TV addicts | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
Just 13 per cent of Germans watch TV for more than three hours a day, compared with 43 per cent in Bulgaria and 32 per cent in the UK, the European Social Survey says.
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The European Social Survey (ESS) is an academically-driven social survey designed to study the changing values, attitudes, attributes and behaviour patterns within contemporary Europe. It was established in 2001, covering over 30 nations and has been funded through the European Commission's 5th, 6th and 7th Framework Programmes, the European Science Foundation and national funding bodies in each country (the ESRC in the UK).

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Dudes, do we use too many Americanisms these days?

Dudes, do we use too many Americanisms these days? | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

The University of Cambridge and Lancaster University have released findings that point to the idea that the sway of America via various mediums has meant that our vocabularies have changed substantially over the past few years.


The study is in its infancy and is currently being referred to as the 'Spoken British National Corpus 2014', which is an initiative whereby linguists from both universities have collected conversations from British speakers from across the UK.

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The article discusses the work of the ESRC Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Science (CASS) at Lancaster University, with comment from Professor Tony McEnery.

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Different societies affect how old and ill 'over 70's' feel

People aged 70 and over who identify themselves as 'old' feel worse about their own health in societies where they perceive they have lower value than younger age groups.
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This article cites data from the ESRC-funded European Social Survey.

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And so the Great British railway rake-off rolls on

And so the Great British railway rake-off rolls on | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Network Rail’s £34bn debt has helped private companies to make huge profits. And now we’re ordered to pick up the bill.

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The article cites the ESRC-funded Centre for Research on Socio-Cultural Change.

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‘It’s never OK to normalise rape’

‘It’s never OK to normalise rape’ | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
Singer LeAnn Rimes is under fire for making a rape joke. So is it ever acceptable to use the word in a humorous way and has it's meaning changed? Radhika Sanghani reports
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The article quotes Dr Claire Hardaker, who is funded by the ESRC Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Sciences (CASS) at Lancaster University. Her research in the field of social media looks at topics such as flaming, trolling, cyberbullying, and online grooming.

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Cheerio Marvellous... You're No Longer Awesome

Cheerio Marvellous... You're No Longer Awesome | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
The words cheerio and marvellous lose their popularity due to the American influence on Britons and the rise of the digital age.
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The article discusses the work of the ESRC Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Science (CASS) at Lancaster University, with comment from Professor Tony McEnery.

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Why marvellous isn't awesome any more

Why marvellous isn't awesome any more | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

The digital revolution and America's growing influence on our culture have dramatically changed the way British people speak over the past two decades, new research has revealed.

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The article cites Language expert Professor Tony McEnery from the ESRC-funded Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Science (CASS) at Lancaster University.

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Mental health scheme to help Hull pupils ‘before they fall’

As pupils in Hull prepare to head back to the classroom for the start of another school year, a new mental health project is set to help them deal with their problems and worries

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The article cites research by the ESRC-funded Centre for Economic Performance.

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If we don't tell MPs our views, how can they represent the sector?

If we don't tell MPs our views, how can they represent the sector? | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Many voluntary organisations, academics and others spend time producing research in order to influence the government. There are some successes – but much policy appears to disregard the evidence.

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The article cites the ESRC-funded Third Sector Research Centre.

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Four projects get green light from UK Data Service Innovation Fund

An incubator fund established to support innovative new ideas at the UK Data Service has selected four pioneering projects to move into implementation.

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The article discusses four grants made by the ESRC.

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‘No proof’ free schools improve performance

‘No proof’ free schools improve performance | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
There is no evidence that Government investment in new education structures such as academies and free schools has had any impact on pupil performance, according to a major study.
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The article cites a report for the ESRC-funded Centre for Longitudinal Studies by Roxanne Connelly, Alice Sullivan and John Jerrim.

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Global warming impacts 'severe, widespread, and irreversible', UN warns

Global warming impacts 'severe, widespread, and irreversible', UN warns | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Urgent action needed to tackle man-made climate change, leaked report warns

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Article quotes Bob Ward, Director of the ESRC Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy

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Mapping lives, from womb to tomb

Of all health studies that focus directly on human beings, those that follow participants from birth to death are among the most compelling. Their sheer unwieldiness — keeping track and making sense of entire messy, unpredictable lifetimes — is staggering.

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Article cites the ESRC-funded Millenium Cohort Study

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Cheerio marvellous: The words disappearing from the English vocabulary

Cheerio marvellous: The words disappearing from the English vocabulary | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Things are no longer marvellous and they are certainly not fetch - but they are awesome, according to a new study.

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Article cites findings from the ESRC Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Science

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New online archive of Northern Ireland Troubles

New online archive of Northern Ireland Troubles | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
Accounts of the Conflict is a digital archiving project that will preserve and make available stories related to the conflict in, and about, Northern Ireland.
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The article's author, Professor Gillian Robinson, is director of the ESRC-funded ARK project at the University of UIster.

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Childhood adoption experiences and the effect of those experiences later in adulthood

Adoptions have been running at record levels in the UK, while Government reforms have attempted to boost the process. Now a University of Huddersfield lecturer and researcher is investigating the long-term impact that adoption.

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The article cites Dr Jo Woodiwiss who has organised the 'Making Families: stories of adoption and belonging' event at the ESRC Festival of Social Science 2014. This event takes place on 4 November in Huddersfield.

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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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‘I was changing a nappy when call for help came’

‘I was changing a nappy when call for help came’ | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
A Lancaster University linguistics lecturer has used her expertise to give an insight into the background of an Islamist State militant connected with the death of a US journalist. Guardian reporter Gayle Rouncivell spoke to Dr Claire Hardaker about her unexpected popularity within the national media.
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Dr Claire Hardaker is funded by the ESRC Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Sciences (CASS) at Lancaster University. Her research in the field of social media looks at topics such as flaming, trolling, cyberbullying, and online grooming.

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36 per cent lack basic necessities

36 per cent lack basic necessities | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
More than a quarter of adults in Northern Ireland live without basic necessities like food, heat or clothing, research on poverty has revealed.
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The article cites a study by ESRC-funded Poverty and Social Exclusion in the United Kingdom (PSE), which is led by the University of Bristol.

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Coalfields report is ‘wake-up call’

A report that shows Yorkshire coalfield areas are falling behind others in terms of health and work should be a ‘wake-up call’ for ministers, an MP has said.
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The article cites a report produced by the ESRC-funded Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research (CRESR) at Sheffield Hallam University.

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Net migration to UK soars by 39 per cent to 243,000

Net migration to UK soars by 39 per cent to 243,000 | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Net migration to Britain has surged by 68,000 in the past year to 243,000, despite promises to reduce the figure to below 100,000 by next May's general election.

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The article cites the ESRC-funded Migration Observatory at the University of Oxford.

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The boomerang generation

The boomerang generation | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
Once they've left university, chances are your adult offspring will live at home again – and you'll be footing the bill.
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The article cites research by the ESRC-funded Institute of Fiscal Studies.

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The British public embraces foreign students; politicians should do so too

The British public embraces foreign students; politicians should do so too | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
The public’s views on immigration are more nuanced than is often assumed.
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The article cites Robert McNeil and Dr Carlos Vargas Silva, from the ESRC-funded Migration Observatory at the University of Oxford.

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Cutting Edge Research in the Classroom

Cutting Edge Research in the Classroom | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Using authentic contexts in the classroom demonstrates to students the real-world applications of the theories they learn, exposing them to new ideas and inspiring them to consider post-16 studies in relevant subjects or to pursue a career in research.

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The article cites the ESRC's Where Would Social Science Be Without Maths? poster, which shows some of the landmarks in statistics in social science.

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BBC Radio 4 - English language becomes more Americanised

BBC Radio 4 - English language becomes more Americanised | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

National and international news from BBC Radio 4. Aired 26 August 2014.

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Programme discussing the changing English language, featuring Robbie Love of the ESRC Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Science

Starting at 28:00 and concluding at 30:05

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The Dangers of Workaholism for You and Your Employer

The Dangers of Workaholism for You and Your Employer | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Various researchers differentiate between positive and negative forms of workaholism.

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Author, Dr Mark Griffiths, receives funding from the Economic and Social Research Council.

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