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Time to look at the motives behind immigration claims

The year 2013 will go down as the one when British attitudes to immigration underwent a profound change.

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From Concorde to the iPhone, state intervention drives technological innovation

From Concorde to the iPhone, state intervention drives technological innovation | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

History tells us that state involvement is the best route to prosperity. Our politicians need to think big and accept the risk of failure.

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The article quotes Sussex University professor Mariana Mazzucato who was interviewed for the ESRC publication 'Reigniting Growth'

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Why aren't I feeling better?

Why aren't I feeling better? | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

The economy is producing more than it has ever produced before - so should we not feel more prosperous than ever before?

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The article cites figures from the Institute for Fiscal Studies which is funded by the ESRC.

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MP supports damning coalfields report

MP supports damning coalfields report | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Rother Valley MP has emphasised that resources are needed if the situation in coalfield communities is ever to change following the release of the damning report detailing the State of coalfields.

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The article quotes a report by Sheffield Hallam University's Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research which is funded by the ESRC. 

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Yes vote 'will improve' childcare'

Yes vote 'will improve' childcare' | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
A higher proportion of people believe childcare and gender equality will improve in an independent Scotland than those who think it will be better in the UK, researchers have found.
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This article cites the ESRC's Future of UK and Scotland Project and data from the Risk and Constitutional Change survey.

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Austerity Bites: A Journey to the Sharp End of Cuts in the UK

Reforms to housing benefit, cuts to disability benefits and child tax credits, harsher sanction regimes for Jobseeker’s Allowance and less generous uprating of benefits over time have hit some of the most vulnerable people in society, often several times over.

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The article cites data from the Institute for Fiscal Studies which is funded by the ESRC.

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Antibiotic research funding is 'inadequate', scientists say

Antibiotic research funding is 'inadequate', scientists say | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
Despite the dire warnings about the impact of antibiotic resistance, research in the field receives just 1 per cent of public funding
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The article discusses an MRC led cross-council initiative. The initiative is the first time all seven research councils (AHRC, BBSRC, ESRC, EPSRC, MRC, NERC, STFC) will collaborate to tackle antimicrobial resistance. 

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Western Indian Ocean communities play vital role in conservation

An international team of researchers led by the University of York has carried out the first assessment of community-led marine conservation in the Western Indian Ocean.

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The article discusses a study that was jointly supported by the ESRC and NERC.

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Cultural stereotypes may evolve from sharing social information

Cultural stereotypes may be an unintended but inevitable consequence of sharing social information, according to research.

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The article discusses an ESRC-funded study based at the University of Aberdeen.

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The Truth About Surveys, You and Yours - BBC Radio 4

The Truth About Surveys, You and Yours - BBC Radio 4 | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

The show asks how to tell when a survey is worth paying attention to - just how reliable is the research behind those newspaper headlines?

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Clip runs from 23:37 to 27:38


The section on surveys features Professor John MacInnes, ESRC Strategic Advisor on Quantitative Methods Training based at the University of Edinburgh.

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Pay What You Want

Joe Gladstone explains the behavourial science behind 'pay what you want' pricing on the BBC World News

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ESRC funded Joe Gladstone, Behavourial Scientist at the University of Cambridge discusses the new form of 'pay what you want' pricing where consumers can decide themselves how much they want to pay for goods or services.

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Who Are More Likely to Be Bullies – Poor Kids or Rich Kids?

Who Are More Likely to Be Bullies – Poor Kids or Rich Kids? | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Bullying is the repeated and systematic abuse of power with the aim of causing intentional harm. Examples of bullying have been found in all societies.

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Author Dieter Wolke receives funding from the ESRC

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Crime prevention: where’s the evidence? -

Crime prevention: where’s the evidence? - | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

"How do we keep young people away from a life of gangs and violent crime? "

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Project Oracle is referred to within this article as it aims to support programme providers in gathering useful evidence about what's working in the youth and children’s sector and is funded by a consortium which includes the Economic and Social Research Council through its knowledge exchange initiative.


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Our rocketing national debt pile is the British economy's Achilles' Heel

Our rocketing national debt pile is the British economy's Achilles' Heel | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

The deficit for the first three months of the fiscal year stood at £36.1bn, 7.3pc more than the £33.7bn racked up during the same time last year

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Article cites findings from the ESRC-funded Institute for Fiscal Studies

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Why we must challenge notion that there are too many students

Why we must challenge notion that there are too many students | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

The debate around how to finance undergraduate education has been reignited by a new report questioning the sustainability of the current student finance system.

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The article cites the Institute for Fiscal Studies which is funded by the ESRC.

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Commonwealth Games basis for transport Twitter study

Social media's role in managing transport and congestion during the Commonwealth Games will be monitored and examined by experts from the University of Aberdeen.

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The article cites an ESRC-funded project which is a collaboration between researchers in dot.rural, the Research Council UK's Digital Economy Hub, based at the University of Aberdeen, and the University's Centre for Transport Research.

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Who will clear the Corporate Tax hurdle?

Who will clear the Corporate Tax hurdle? | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Independent Scotland intends to offer a low corporation tax rate – but will this prove to be a good or a bad thing?

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This article quotes the Institute for Fiscal Studies which is funded by the ESRC.

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Relative Age and the US World Cup Campaign

Relative Age and the US World Cup Campaign | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Football is a sport that spans cultures around the world, one that transcends conflicts, one that anyone, in some form or another, can play. But the beautiful game is not an equal-opportunity sport, at least not at the highest level.

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The article cites research from the Institute for Fiscal Studies which is funded by the ESRC. 

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Council tax rises hit Britain’s poor hardest

Council tax rises hit Britain’s poor hardest | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

War widows, carers and the disabled are among 2.31 million people who used to be entitled to council tax benefit but have now had their support substantially reduced or taken away altogether.

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The article quotes research from the Institute for Fiscal Studies which is funded by the ESRC.

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Antibiotics funding 'inadequate'

Antibiotics funding 'inadequate' | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it


Science minister Greg Clark announces all seven UK research councils to form a 'war cabinet' to tackle antimicrobial resistance.

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The article discusses an MRC led cross-council initiative. This initiative is the first time all seven research councils (AHRC, BBSRC, ESRC, EPSRC, MRC, NERC, STFC) will collaborate to tackle antimicrobial resistance. 

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Single mothers just as good as couples – the problem is poverty

Poverty has a more detrimental effect on young children than lone parenthood. According to a new survey a growing number of single parents are struggling not only with stigma but also to make ends meet.

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The article quotes an ESRC-funded study by Dr Susan Harkness of the University of Bath.

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BBC Scotland 2014

BBC Scotland 2014 | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

An in-depth look at the day's stories and issues affecting Scotland - Thursday 24 July 2014.

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David Bell of Stirling University and Fellow of the Future of the UK and Scotland programme, has been monitoring bookmakers' odds as a means of forecasting the outcome of the referendum. Here he discusses his work, interview starts at 18.55 minutes in.

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Why does the teenage brain need more sleep?

Why does the teenage brain need more sleep? | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Throughout our lives we experience changes in sleep patterns and in the amount of sleep we need. While babies sleep between 16 and 18 hours per day, this is reduced to approximately seven to eight hours…

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Author Michelle Miller has received funding from the ESRC


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David Cameron faces scrutiny for stance on Russia

David Cameron faces scrutiny for stance on Russia | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

British Prime Minister David Cameron's firm stance towards Russian President Vladimir Putin since the MH17 plane crash has come under question after it emerged Britain has not revoked its licences for arms sales to Russia.

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Article cites the Centre for Russian and East European Studies which received funding from the ESRC

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Record £100bn in VAT is paid to treasury

Record £100bn in VAT is paid to treasury | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

The statistic, published by HM Revenue and Customs, means more than £1 in every £5 which is collected by the Government comes from Value Added Tax.

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Article quotes Paul Johnson, Director of the ESRC-funded Institute of Fiscal Studies

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Empower workers to bridge the CEO pay gap by themselves

Empower workers to bridge the CEO pay gap by themselves | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Public concerns over levels of CEO pay – especially in the banking sector – have triggered a debate on both sides of the Atlantic. 

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Article quotes the ESRC-funded Centre for Economic Performance

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