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Cable warns that cuts are having a "severe" effect on public services

Cable warns that cuts are having a "severe" effect on public services | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

The Business Secretary contradicts Cameron's claim that you can do "more with less" and says "some very good services are being seriously affected".

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School spending set for biggest fall in 30 years

School spending set for biggest fall in 30 years | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
The cuts are likely to worsen teaching recruitment problems, according to the Institute for Fiscal Studies
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Spending on schools is set for its biggest fall in at least 30 years, according to a new analysis by the ESRC-funded Institute for Fiscal Studies.

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What will Brexit mean for British trade?

What will Brexit mean for British trade? | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

As an EU member, the UK and companies based here can sell their goods freely to customers anywhere else in the EU without those customers having to pay additional taxes to import those goods.

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Damian Chalmers, of the ESRC-funded UK in a Changing Europe, says the bigger threat to the UK exports would not be from WTO tariffs, but other EU states imposing new regulations and other “non-tariff barriers” to keep UK services out.

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Adopted Romanian orphans 'still suffering in adulthood'

Adopted Romanian orphans 'still suffering in adulthood' | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
Despite being adopted by caring UK families in the early 90s, the mental scars are often visible.
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This study was funded by the ESRC.

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The chancellor must harden his heart on tax

The chancellor must harden his heart on tax | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

There was a staggering fact buried in the International Monetary Fund’s latest report on the Greek economy. The IMF worked out how many households around the euro area paid no income tax and found that the average was nearly 10 per cent - one in ten households that contributed nothing to the most important national pot. The figure for Greece? More than 50 per cent.

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This article refers to research by the Institute for Fiscal Studies, who receive funding from the ESRC.

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Almost third of university academics from outside UK

Almost third of university academics from outside UK | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Universities rely on high levels of overseas staff, but figures show foreign student numbers are falling.

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Professor Catherine Barnard is one of the Senior Research Fellows at the ESRC funded UK in a Changing Europe

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Large number of British expats 'may return to UK over Brexit fears'

Large number of British expats 'may return to UK over Brexit fears' | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Brexit fears could lead to waves of British expats returning from the continent and piling pressure on UK infrastructure, researchers have said.

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Article cites the ESRC funded project at the University of Cambridge

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Database protecting UK expats from Brexit ‘misinformation’ to be built by Cambridge researchers

Database protecting UK expats from Brexit ‘misinformation’ to be built by Cambridge researchers | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

University of Cambridge researchers have set out to compile a database of communication routes that will allow UK expats residing in EU nations to receive reliable, up-to-the-minute advice throughout the negotiation process once Article 50 is triggered. 

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The research, funded by the UK’s Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), will take place over the next six weeks. Researchers say the final product will be shared widely with trusted parties such as government agencies, legal charities and citizen advice bureaux, but will not be released fully into the public domain for fear of exploitation by commercial and lobby organisations.

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London tube travellers ‘more exposed to pollution than drivers’

London tube travellers ‘more exposed to pollution than drivers’ | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Car drivers in London are causing the most pollution per commuter but are the least exposed to it.

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

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Families urged to step aboard big blue bus for research project

Families urged to step aboard big blue bus for research project | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Bradford researchers on one of the UK’s largest studies looking into the health of children are inviting people to get aboard the next stage of of its study journey.

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The research team has secured funding from the Medical Research Council, as well as the Economic and Social Research Council to fund this groundbreaking project.

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Big data project will help urban planners build a picture of Glasgow

Big data project will help urban planners build a picture of Glasgow | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

An innovative big data project will create a dynamic picture of the city of Glasgow to help urban planners to develop solutions to challenges facing cities

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The study was carried out by the ESRC-funded Urban Big Data Centre

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Changing face of life on benefits presents a new set of challenges

Changing face of life on benefits presents a new set of challenges | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Blackpool has hit the No 1 spot. It wasn’t even in the top ten at the turn of the century. Stoke-on-Trent, scene of a by-election this week, has reached No 15 (out of 377).

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Paul Johnson is director of the ESRC-funded Institute for Fiscal Studies.

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Attending 'outstanding' nurseries has limited benefit for children

Attending 'outstanding' nurseries has limited benefit for children | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

University of Surrey research claims attending a nursery with highly qualified staff or an 'Outstanding' Ofsted rating has limited benefit for children

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The study was conducted by researchers at the ESRC-funded Centre for Economic Performance (CEP)

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What to do in retirement: how to keep busy using hobbies, work, family and more

What to do in retirement: how to keep busy using hobbies, work, family and more | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

The initial joy of retiring is often followed by a sharp crash. Sarah Coles looks at what to do in retirement to stay happy and financially secure.

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The study was commissioned by the ESRC-funded What Works Centre for Wellbeing

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'Good vibration' hand pumps boost Africa's water security

'Good vibration' hand pumps boost Africa's water security | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
The simple up-and-down motion of hand pumps could help scientists secure a key water source for 200 million people in Africa.

Via NERC Press Office
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The study cited in this article is funded by ESRC, the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and the DFID UPGro programme.

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NERC Press Office's curator insight, February 27, 4:44 AM

The study cited in this article is funded by NERC, the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the DFID UPGro programme.

8A TrevorM's curator insight, Today, 6:05 AM
This article talks about how some African countries are in droughts even though they have many rivers and lakes. It is estimated that there is a hundred times more ground water than there is on the surface in Africa. This has lead to them using pumps and "low-cost mobile sensors" to track how much water a well will produce. In 2012 60 villages in Kenya were given these mobile censors and set them up with pumps. The censors helped them find out if the well was out of water of if there was a problem with it, reducing the repair time for these wells greatly. They have now installed over 300 hundred of these all across Kenya and they help many people have access to water without having to walk all the way to a river.

This relates to what we are doing in class because we have learned about how many African countries are not nearly as developed as western ones, some even lacking easy access to something as basic as water, and this can help solve that. I think that it is very good that people are trying to help others by setting up ways for them to get the basic necessities of life.
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Child-induced fatigue costs economy dear, says new study

Child-induced fatigue costs economy dear, says new study | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
Parents with young children are ‘substantially’ less productive than their colleagues, due to a lack of sleep
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In the first study of its kind, Joan Costa-i-Font and Sarah Flèche, of the ESRC-funded Centre for Economic Performance at the London School of Economics and Political Science, have found that baby-induced fatigue is significantly undermining economic performance.

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Uplifting world premiere about memory loss

Uplifting world premiere about memory loss | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
The real life experiences of people who are living with early onset dementia have been used to produce a thought-provoking new production
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The work was commissioned by Edinburgh University and is informed by a research project funded by the ESRC and in partnership with the Mental Health Foundation and Alzheimer Scotland.

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Britain ‘needs more skilled migrants’ to help drive growth

Britain ‘needs more skilled migrants’ to help drive growth | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
Britain needs to attract more skilled migrants than ever, improve skills and education, strike trade deals with the European Union and America and secure a new EU passport for financial service
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The ESRC-funded study by the London School of Economics Growth Commission set out a range of options to improve the UK’s productivity record and boost prosperity. Also recommended in the 92-page report was enhancing the government’s fledgling industrial strategy and increasing competition in finance.

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Why isn’t immigration falling more quickly?

Why isn’t immigration falling more quickly? | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Immigration has become one of the most contentious issues of our age. Despite pledges by successive incoming governments to reduce numbers of foreign nationals coming into Britain in recent years, no government has achieved anywhere near the figures they had promised. So why isn’t immigration falling more quickly?

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The Centre for Economic Performance (CEP), funded by the ESRC, is refered to in this article.

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Key to keeping friendships alive different for men and women, scientists say

Key to keeping friendships alive different for men and women, scientists say | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

For women, phone calls can keep long-distance friendships going, but men need to meet face-to-face, study shows

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Article cites Professor Robin Dunbar who has received funding for the ESRC

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Phased retirement better for wellbeing

Poor retirement wellbeing was found to be associated with a lack of control over the retirement decision
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Employers should support older workers into retirement by offering ‘bridging’ jobs and phased retirement to improve their wellbeing, according to a report from the What Works Centre for Wellbeing, which is funded by the ESRC.

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Fifth of world's food lost to over-eating and waste, study finds

Fifth of world's food lost to over-eating and waste, study finds | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Almost 20 per cent of the food made available to consumers is lost through over-eating or waste, a study suggests.

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The research was funded through a Global Food Security Programme supported by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, Economic and Social Research Council, Natural Environment Research Council and the Scottish Government.

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EU referendum: The claims that won it for Brexit, fact checked

EU referendum: The claims that won it for Brexit, fact checked | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

The UK opted to leave the EU on 23 June 2016 after a campaign mired by scaremongering and the misuse of statistics.

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Features facts and stats from ESRC-funded Centre for Economic Performance and UK in a Changing Europe

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Overeating and waste results in a fifth of food lost, study shows

Overeating and waste results in a fifth of food lost, study shows | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Almost a fifth of food available to consumers worldwide is lost through either overeating or waste, according to a new study.

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The research was funded through the Global Food Security programme supported by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, ESRC, the Natural Environment Research Council and the Scottish Government.

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London tube travellers ‘more exposed to pollution than drivers’

London tube travellers ‘more exposed to pollution than drivers’ | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Car drivers in London are causing the most pollution per commuter but are the least exposed to it.

That’s according to new research, which revealed commuters who use the Underground are actually the most exposed to toxic air quality, followed by those on buses.

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The study was carried out by the ASTRID (Accessibility, Social justice and Transport emission Impacts of transit-oriented Development) project, jointly funded by ESRC.

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This article covers research which uses data held by the UK Data Service.

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Researchers develop blueprint for future Indian cities

Researchers develop blueprint for future Indian cities | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Researchers at the University of Birmingham worked with children, young people and their families living in a new urban development in India to understand the everyday experiences of urban transformation – with the results informing the future development of Indian cities

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The study was carried out by researchers on the ESRC-funded 'New Urbanisms in India: Urban living, sustainability and everyday life' project 

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