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Workplace Pension Reforms Already Show Some Effect

Workplace Pension Reforms Already Show Some Effect | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Preliminary findings from new research commissioned by the Department for Work and Pensions provide an insight into the initial effects of the workplace pension reforms. The results point to a substantial increase in pension scheme membership among private sector employees, but also indicate that there are still significant challenges ahead.

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The new report presents the preliminary findings from a nationally representative survey of private sector employers carried out jointly by the National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR) and TNS-BMRB Social Research.


NIESR carries out research funded by the ESRC and are partners in two ESRC research centres (LLAKES and the Institute for Macroeconomics).

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Study finds Facebook popularity hampers fundraising efforts

People with fewer friends on Facebook raise more money for charity than those with lots of connections, research by an economist at the University of Warwick has found.

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The article cites Professor Kimberley Scharf, a Research Director at the ESRC-funded Centre for Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy (CAGE) at the University of Warwick.

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Revealed: the real reasons immigrants come to the UK - Telegraph

Revealed: the real reasons immigrants come to the UK - Telegraph | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
Immigrants moving to the UK for work are the largest and fastest-growing category, but non-EU citizens moving for study are increasing
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The article cites research by the ESRC-funded Migration Observatory at the University of Oxford.

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North Sea oil: UK considers sweeping tax breaks to revive flagging industry

North Sea oil: UK considers sweeping tax breaks to revive flagging industry | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Britain is considering granting the North Sea oil industry a range of tax breaks in a bid to revive the flagging sector amid oil price plunges and diminishing production.

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The article cites data from the ESRC-funded National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR).

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Borrowing ‘needs to fall by a quarter to hit target’

Government borrowing will need to fall by more than a quarter in the rest of the current financial year in order for Chancellor George Osborne to meet the latest public sector borrowing target, an economic think-tank has said.

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The article cites the ESRC-funded Institute for Fiscal Studies.

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UK-Brazil collaborative small-scale scientific research funded

UK-Brazil collaborative small-scale scientific research funded | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
Research Councils UK announces nearly 6 million pounds in joint funding between the two countries for Research Partnerships under the Newton Fund.
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The article quotes Professor Jane Elliott, CEO of ESRC and International Champion for Research Councils UK (RCUK).

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Michael Keating: Referendum showed it can be good to see ourselves as others see us

For a few months in 2014, Scotland moved to the centre of international attention.
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Article by Profession Michael Keating, Director of the ESRC-funded Scottish Centre on Constitutional Change.

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Cities could be the secret to fighting climate change

Cities could be the secret to fighting climate change | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
The world’s population could reach almost 10bn by 2050; most of those people will live in cities.  To accommodate an additional 3bn people, we’ll need to build the equivalent of one new city that can support a million people every five days between now and 2050.
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The article reports on research from the ESRC Centre for Climate Change Economics & Policy.

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Mitidaption's curator insight, Today, 6:43 AM

While cities are large consumers of natural resources they offer new technologies/solutions for climate change

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The battle of the scientists

The battle of the scientists | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Are Europeans becoming more hostile to science and technology?

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The article cites Science Europe, an association of European Research Funding Organisations (RFO) and Research Performing Organisations (RPO). The ESRC was one of seven founding members of Science Europe in 2011.

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Plummeting oil price stirs troubled waters

A barrel of Brent crude is worth little more than half what it was six months ago and economists such as Professor Brian Ashcroft are saying that this has ruined the economics of independence.

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The article cites reports for the ESRC-funded Institute for Fiscal Studies.

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North East universities heralded for world leading research quality

It's official - research at Newcastle, Northumbria, Durham and Sunderland has been rated as world leading by experts
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The article cites the design of health-related websites, at Northumbria University, which was funded by the ESRC.

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After the Pakistan school attack, we need to talk about Islam

After the Pakistan school attack, we need to talk about Islam | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Pretending that Islamist extremism has nothing to do with Islam simply plays into the radicals' hands: it is time to discuss religious reform

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Article cites findings from the ESRC-funded Understanding Society published by the Institute for Social and Economic Research

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The persistent appeal of grammar schools

The persistent appeal of grammar schools | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

What's behind the undying fascination with grammar schools? Four decades after almost all of them disappeared in England, there are still appeals for their return.

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Article cites the ESRC-funded Institute for Fiscal Studies

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The Tories’ plan for poor people: stop them breeding

The Tories’ plan for poor people: stop them breeding | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Iain Duncan Smith’s call for ‘behavioural change’ revives an old party trope of sneering at the lower orders

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Article cites the ESRC-funded Institute for Fiscal Studies

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IFS Raises Concerns Over Scottish Tax Proposals

The Institute for Fiscal Studies has raised concerns about the practical implications of plans to devolve additional tax powers to the Scottish Parliament. 
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The article cites research from the ESRC-funded Institute for Fiscal Studies.

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Why wealthy, single men are the biggest drinkers in later life

Why wealthy, single men are the biggest drinkers in later life | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
A study found most over-45s cut their alcohol consumption after a ‘life event’ such as bereavement.
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The article cites an ESRC-funded study of 4,500 men and women in England.

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Turkey Trouble: Home cooks risk food poisoning from washing their Christmas bird

Turkey Trouble: Home cooks risk food poisoning from washing their Christmas bird | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Half of Christmas Day cooks are still washing their festive turkeys under the tap despite the risk of food poisoning - with men most likely to contravene food standards advice.

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The research cited in the article was conducted as part of the Enigma project funded by the ESRC, Medical Research Council, Natural Environment Research Council, Biotechnology and Biosciences Research Council and Food Standards Agency.

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Family background more important for a good graduate job in the UK than Germany

Family background more important for a good graduate job in the UK than Germany | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Comparing the situation in the UK and Germany is a useful way of understanding the ways through which graduates from higher social backgrounds get better jobs when they finish university.

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The article was written by Professor Cristina Iannelli and Markus Klein, both of whom have received ESRC-funding under grant ES/K006460/1.

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Political parties are in need of friends

Political parties are in need of friends | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
Labour’s problem is that many of the voters lost in 2010 have now moved on to UKIP (propelled more by immigration than Europe), rather than being won back.
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Article cites research from the ESRC-funded British Election Study.

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Archbishop Welby highlights ESRC-funded work in Lords debate

Archbishop Welby highlights ESRC-funded work in Lords debate | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has used a House of Lords debate to highlight Coventry University’s ESRC-funded research into the role played by religious groups in preventing violent conflict.

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Article refers to the 'Faith-based conflict prevention and early warning scoping project', funded by the ESRC.

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How Calling Cancer a 'Fight' or 'Battle' Can Harm Patients

How Calling Cancer a 'Fight' or 'Battle' Can Harm Patients | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Using hostile, warlike metaphors to describe cancer may make patients less likely to take steps toward certain treatments, new research suggests.

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The research cited in the article was carried out by the ESRC-funded Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Science (CASS).

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Festive tastes have changed but Christmas is still a cracker

Some of Britain’s traditional Christmas favourites are losing their appeal, a new study of spoken English has revealed.

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The research cited in the article was carried out by a joint team including the ESRC-funded Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Science at Lancaster University.

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Why is everyone so busy?

Why is everyone so busy? | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

The predictions sounded like promises: in the future, working hours would be short and vacations long. “Our grandchildren”, reckoned John Maynard Keynes in 1930, would work around "three hours a day" - and probably only by choice.

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Article cites findings from the ESRC-funded Centre for Time Use Research

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Leadership from Washington on Climate Change

The United States took a further step forward yesterday in its action against climate change as another state outlined plans to use carbon pricing to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions.

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The author of the article, Bob Ward, is policy and communications director at the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment and the ESRC Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy at London School of Economics and Political Science.

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Some of Britain's traditional Christmas favourites are losing their appeal

Some of Britain's traditional Christmas favourites are losing their appeal | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Long-standing festive treats, such as sherry and brandy, are declining in popularity, according to the research by a joint team from Cambridge University Press and Lancaster University.

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Article cites research from the ESRC Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Science (CASS)

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BBC Radio Lancashire - Googles most popular search terms 2014

Radio programme inlcuding interview regarding googles most popular search terms for 2014..

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Programme interviews Dr Claire Hardaker from the ESRC Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Science (CASS), based at Lancaster University, about Googles most popular search terms of 2014.

Interview starts at 02:51:15 and concludes at 02:54:40

Programme originally aired 16/12/2014

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