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Government has acknowledged that entrepreneurs are society's wealth creators

Government has acknowledged that entrepreneurs are society's wealth creators | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

The Institute for Fiscal Studies released a report last month showing that, in London, eight private sector jobs have been created for every public sector job lost since 2010.

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The Institute of Fiscal Studies receives funding from the ESRC.

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John Curtice: Cameron didn’t get all he asked for from EU

John Curtice: Cameron didn’t get all he asked for from EU | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
ALTHOUGH Mr Cameron has insisted he would back leaving the European Union if his renegotiation failed, it has long been clear that was not the conclusion he sought from the talks. Although the deal is not yet quite done, Mr Cameron will now be ready to sign on the dotted line if Donald Tusk, the president of the European Council, can deliver when the EU heads of government meet later this month.
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John Curtice is Professor of Politics, Strathclyde University, and ESRC Senior Fellow, ‘The UK in a Changing Europe’ programme.

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Universal Credit leaves working families worse off, IFS says

Universal Credit leaves working families worse off, IFS says | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
The introduction of universal credit will leave working families worse off on average, the Institute for Fiscal Studies says.
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The Institute for Fiscal Studies is funded by the ESRC.

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EU renogotiations will make "very little difference"

EU renogotiations will make "very little difference" | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

A day of "intensive" negotiations over EU reforms is getting under way as David Cameron battles with Brussels to secure a reform package in time for an early in/out referendum. A deal at the next summit on February 18-19th is seen as vital if Mr Cameron is not to run out of time to put the future of the UK's membership to the public before the summer holidays.

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Economist Jonathan Portes said today that the renegotiations taking place will make "very little difference".

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Northern Ireland study suggests many poorer children starting school struggle with language

Northern Ireland study suggests many poorer children starting school struggle with language | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
Many children from poorer backgrounds already struggle with language when they start primary school, a new study suggests.
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The 'Ready to Read' report features new analysis by University College London of a Northern Ireland sample from the Millennium Cohort Study, a project following the lives of thousands of UK children funded by the ESRC.

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Post-colonial studies: time to step out of the comfort zone?

Post-colonial studies: time to step out of the comfort zone? | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
Scholars in the field have been challenged to move beyond literary theory and take on some of the most difficult questions of our times
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This article cites ESRC-funded research by Professor Peter Morey on Muslims, Trust and Cultural Dialogue.

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Girls 'get better GCSE results in all-girl schools'

Girls 'get better GCSE results in all-girl schools' | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
Girls at single-sex state schools in England get better GCSE results than their counterparts in mixed schools.
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Professor Alice Sullivan, director of the ESRC-funded Centre for Longitudinal Studies, at the UCL Institute of Education, is quoted saying girls in single-sex schools were more likely to study science.

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Business sought for £35k food waste innovation award

Business sought for £35k food waste innovation award | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

One of the challenges has been set up in collaboration with Tesco, which is seeking ‘a multichannel, customer-focused solution to help reduce food waste once items have left the store.

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The funding contest is being supported by the ESRC, which will broker introductions with leading experts within the social science community, and provide access to the knowledge, skills and resources developed within key initiatives of relevance to the sector, including the ESRC Consumer Data Research Centre and the ESRC Retail Sector Initiative.

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Fears flurry of claims over UK’s EU membership will dismay public

Fears flurry of claims over UK’s EU membership will dismay public | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
A confusing flurry of claims and counter claims about the benefits of Britain’s membership of the EU will only serve to dismay the public, experts warned on Monday. The criticism came after the campaign group Britain Stronger in Europe released a
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“The statistics are a mixture of the good, the bad and the ugly,” said Jonathan Portes, senior fellow at the Economic and Social Research Council’s UK in a Changing Europe programme.

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60% of people 'very unhappy' about ombudsman dealings in public body disputes

60% of people 'very unhappy' about ombudsman dealings in public body disputes | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
Research by Oxford University shows that 60 percent of UK consumers who used an ombudsman to resolve their complaints about public sector bodies felt 'very dissatisfied' with how their cases were dealt with.
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This research by Naomi Creutzfeldt was funded by the ESRC.

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How to win the lottery and not lose your head

How to win the lottery and not lose your head | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
Coming into a fortune is definitely not the route to happiness. Here's what you can do to stay chipper.
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Peter Kinderman is Principal Investigator on a grant for £1m from the Economic and Social Research Council. 

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The British public couldn't care less about Brexit and the EU referendum

The British public couldn't care less about Brexit and the EU referendum | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
Six charts to explain why the EU referendum is a one-week crapshoot despite
continued speculation what deal David Cameron may get
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"Those of us in the campaign bubble are kidding oursleves that these things mean a lot more to the public than, in fact, they really do," says Professor Anand Menon, who is also director of UK in a Changing Europe, a group which tries to provide impartial and rigorous information on the Brexit question.

"And that being the case, people won't listen to a lengthy debate on stuff they find irrelevant at best and boring at worst, so someone they trust delivering the message is absolutely fundamental."

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This article adds fuel to the argument that the UK's electorate is not informed enough to make such important political decisions, in referendums. This ignorance and lack of interest is very crudely highlighted by the comparison of TV viewing numbers and google searches on the topic of the EU referendum.

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The generation who may never be grandparents

The generation who may never be grandparents | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

According to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics, however, one in five women now reach the age of 45 without doing having children at all - a number nearly double that of their mothers’ generation, and one soon predicted to rise to one in four. 

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This article quotes  a study from the Economic and Social Research Council Centre for Population Change showed a stark correlation between well-educated women and childlessness.

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Why the opinion polls got the last general election so wrong

Why the opinion polls got the last general election so wrong | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
There has been plenty of speculation about why the polls put the Conservatives and Labour neck and neck in last May’s election when in practice the Conservatives were seven points ahead. Today sees the publication of a new report that actually provides some hard evidence.
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John Curtice is Professor of Politics at the University of Strathclyde, a Senior Fellow of the ESRC-funded UK in a Changing Europe initiative.

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Do fitness trackers make you fitter?

Do fitness trackers make you fitter? | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
They're flying off the shelves but here's what you need to know about whether fitness tracking devices work.
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Co-writer Dr Lukasz Piwek receives funding from ESRC

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Brussels proposals to keep Britain in the EU under scrutiny

Brussels proposals to keep Britain in the EU under scrutiny | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

A pivotal "in or out" referendum on Britain's future in the European Union moved one step closer Tuesday as British and European leaders presented new draft proposals aimed at keeping the 28-nation EU intact.

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Anand Menon, director of the independent think-tank UK In a Changing Europe, said the draft represents a "diplomatic masterstroke" but predicts the process may be slower than expected.


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Do you know the European Union better than an MP?

Do you know the European Union better than an MP? | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
Both sides will use lots of facts in the EU referendum debate, but try our
quiz to see if you know more of the EU basics than an average MP
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Professors Philip Cowley, Tim Bale and Anand Menon (of The UK in a Changing Europe initiative) have found that MPs don't know as much as they'd like to think about the EU. When asked which country currently holds the Presidency of the Council of the European Union, just 8 of the 129 MPs surveyed gave the correct answer. Most of them (61 per cent) admitted they did not know.

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Manchester study identifies key factors for high street decline

Manchester study identifies key factors for high street decline | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

The internet is not killing the high street, which is affected more by poor decisions from councils, retailers and the retail property industry according to a new report coming out of Manchester this week.

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This study was funded by the ESRC.

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Conservative MPs may see backing the PM on the Brexit vote as a way to push for promotion

Conservative MPs may see backing the PM on the Brexit vote as a way to push for promotion | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

When The Telegraph broke the parliamentary expenses scandal back in 2009, many wondered what planet MPs were living on. In fact, they live on two. When it comes to their views on the EU, Tories in Westminster really are from Mars, while Labour MPs are from Venus.

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Together with Anand Menon, director of the Economic and Social Research Council’s UK in a Changing Europe initiative, The Telegraph commissioned Ipsos Mori’s Reputation Centre to conduct a survey of MPs, designed to tap into what they really think.

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201 factors influencing vitality and viability of High Streets

New research has concluded that increased internet shopping is definitely not the only factor affecting the life of High Streets, with a first of its kind study revealing 201 factors seen to be influencing their continued vitality and viability.

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The ESRC funded this research carried out by Professor Cathy Parker at Manchester Metropolitan University

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Autism expert awarded grant to guide health service providers in the right direction

Autism expert awarded grant to guide health service providers in the right direction | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

An expert in autism at Coventry University has been awarded a £250,000 grant to guide health service providers support adults with autism spectrum conditions (ASC).

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Dr Sarah Cassidy is one of only 38 academics worldwide to receive funding from the ESRC future research leaders programme.

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Social media sways political opinion, says uni research

Social media sways political opinion, says uni research | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Academics from the University of Exeter have revealed the results of research indicating how social media affected voters’ perceptions.

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The study, which uses data from 400,000 news stories and 371,000 tweets, was funded by the Economic and Social Research Council. 

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The campaign to leave the EU is losing the battle for undecided voters

The campaign to leave the EU is losing the battle for undecided voters | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
Eurosceptics are far from establishing a clear lead in the polls
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Professor Matthew Goodwin is a senior fellow in the ESRC 'UK in a Changing Europe' programme. Follow him @GoodwinMJ

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New study to develop UK-first mental health assessments for adults with autism

New study to develop UK-first mental health assessments for adults with autism | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
Research follows prestigious ESRC grant identifying Coventry University academic as ‘future world leader’ in her field
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Dr Sarah Cassidy from the University’s Centre for Research in Psychology, Behaviour and Achievement is one of only 38 academics worldwide to receive funding from the ESRC’s Future Research Leaders programme, which identifies early-career academics who show world-leading potential in their field.

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Media coverage focusing on slim majority of the Conservative Party influences voter perceptions

Media coverage focusing on slim majority of the Conservative Party influences voter perceptions | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
Research from Exeter University shows coverage of Ed Miliband was more negative than coverage of the Conservative Party leader David Cameron
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Migrant communities think more like non-migrants after just one generation, study suggests

Migrant communities think more like non-migrants after just one generation, study suggests | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
How where you live changes your way of thinking.
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Alex Mesoudi and Kesson Magid receive funding from the ESRC, which funded this research.

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