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Chasing the sun? It’s not all happiness

Chasing the sun? It’s not all happiness | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

A sample of more than 300 migrants from Belgium, Switzerland, Germany, the Netherlands, France and Britain who resettled in Mediterranean countries found that they were slightly less satisfied with life than a much larger sample of 56 000 people living in northern countries

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Dr David Bartram of the University of Leicester analysed data

from the European Social Survey (ESS), which is part-funded by ESRC as the UK participant in the programme. 

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RSS fellow appointed as new ESRC chief executive

RSS fellow appointed as new ESRC chief executive | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
StatsLife - news and opinion from the Royal Statistical Society
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Professor Jane Elliott, currently director of the Centre for Longitudinal Studies and of the CLOSER (Cohorts and Longitudinal Studies Enhancement Resources) programme at the Institute of Education, London has been announced as the next chief executive and deputy chair of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), as of 1 October 2014.

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Scottish Independence: Lloyds Undertakes 'Yes Vote' Contingency Plan to Protect 16,000 Staff

Scottish Independence: Lloyds Undertakes 'Yes Vote' Contingency Plan to Protect 16,000 Staff | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Lloyds Banking Group has revealed a contingency plan to protect the business and thousands of its Scotland-based employees in the event that voters opt for independence.

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Article cites findings from the British Election Study which is funded by the ESRC.

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Goalkeepers' penalty 'flaw' revealed

Goalkeepers' penalty 'flaw' revealed | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Goalkeepers facing penalty shoot-outs make a predictable error that could influence the outcome say researchers.

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This article cites a study by two ESRC-funded researchers. Erman Misirlisoy was supported by an ESRC Studentship, and an ESRC/ESF collaboration grant with Professor Patrick Haggard (RES-062-23-2183).  Professor Haggard was further supported by and ESRC Professorial Fellowship (ES/J023140/1), and by an ERC Advanced Grant (HUMVOL).

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Scottish independence vote is too close to call

Scottish independence vote is too close to call | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Despite polling pointing towards a victory for the No campaign in Scotland, our forecasting model suggests that the result is still too close to call.

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Article cites research from the the Future of the UK and Scotland at the ESRC Research Centre for Population Change

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Aberdeen researcher to examine trust within minority communties

Aberdeen researcher to examine trust within minority communties | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

A University of Aberdeen researcher has received funding to study the ways that trust is formed and lost in minority communities by high levels of digital and social exclusion.

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Dr Karen Salt has received funding from the ESRC for projects exploring the theme of Empathy and Trust in Communicating Online (EMoTICON).

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Make bankers swear oath to do good like doctors

Make bankers swear oath to do good like doctors | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Bankers should swear an oath of good service in the same way as doctors, a think tank has proposed.

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Article discusses the findings from ResPublica which was 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.



Via The Future of the UK and Scotland
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Article cites research and findings from the ESRC's Future of UK and Scotland project.

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The Future of the UK and Scotland's curator insight, July 28, 11:00 AM

The blog by Craig McAngus from our Future of the UK and Scotland team at the University of Stirling features in this report. You can read the blog here:http://www.futureukandscotland.ac.uk/blog/what-constitutional-scenario-do-scots-think-best-gender-equality-and-childcare-provision

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'Convenience culture' drives high street revival

'Convenience culture' drives high street revival | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

A new in–depth evidence review into the state of British high street has revealed how town centres are adapting to meet the changing demands of the nation’s consumers.

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Article discusses the ESRC-funded High Street Performance and Evolution report

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Western Indian Ocean communities play vital role in conservation

Western Indian Ocean communities play vital role in conservation | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Researchers have carried out the first assessment of community-led marine conservation in the Western Indian Ocean.   The results point to a revolution in the management of marine protected areas, with almost half of the sites – more than 11,000 km² – in the region now under local community stewardship.  

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Article cites research from the University of York which received ESRC funding

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What can the Twitter storm over Benefits Street teach us?

A new research project will investigate how social media can play its part in both inciting discrimination against and building understanding of marginalised communities.

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Article discusses the ESRC-funded CuRAtOR (challenging online fear and othering) study.

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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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Goalkeepers suffer from 'gambler’s fallacy' during shoot-outs

Goalkeepers suffer from 'gambler’s fallacy' during shoot-outs | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
If someone tossed a coin and got heads three times in a row, and then asked you to place a bet on the outcome of the fourth toss, what would you put your money on; heads or tails?
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ESRC Internship with Scottish Government, 2014

Blog: This is an incredibly exciting time for politics in Scotland and I recently had an opportunity to work at the centre of this thanks to a funded ESRC student Internship with the Scottish Government.

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All-in-one energy system offers greener power for off-grid homes and farms

An innovative 'trigeneration' system fueled entirely by raw plant oils could have great potential for isolated homes and businesses operating outside grid systems both in the UK and abroad.


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Article cites the RCUK Energy Programme, which receives funding from the ESRC

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David Cameron hints at plans to raise the 40p tax threshold

David Cameron hints at plans to raise the 40p tax threshold | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

The Conservatives will promise a tax cut for middle-income professionals in next year’s general election manifesto, David Cameron has signalled.

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

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The Tories think he's their secret weapon – but they could regret underestimating Ed Balls

The Tories think he's their secret weapon – but they could regret underestimating Ed Balls | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Ministers, Lord Adonis always says, should have projects. It makes for better government. Opposition frontbenchers, however, should avoid them. They make for bad headlines. 

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Article cites findings from the British Election Study which is funded by the ESRC

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Bankers should 'swear ethics oath'

Bankers should 'swear ethics oath' | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

An oath for bankers should be introduced to raise accountability and standards in banking, said the think tank ResPublica.

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Article discusses the ESRC funded ResPublica report


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Boost for Scottish independence as undecided voters switch to yes camp

Boost for Scottish independence as undecided voters switch to yes camp | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

A quarter of voters who were undeclared in March have since said they will be voting yes, survey finds


Via The Future of the UK and Scotland
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Article cites research from the ESRC-funded British Election Study

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The Future of the UK and Scotland's curator insight, July 29, 5:39 AM

The British Election Study's latest Future of the UK and Scotland work features in this article. 

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High Streets 'adapting' and luring new business

High Streets 'adapting' and luring new business | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

British High Streets are adapting to the challenges of consumers choosing out-of-town shopping complexes and luring new business, a major study has found. Researchers at Southampton University found there had been a fundamental shift in what consumers thought of as convenience shopping over the last few decades. 

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The report, High Street Performance and Evolution - co-commissioned by the Future High Street Forum and the ESRC - is a brief guide to the evidence on recent high street and town centre performance. The study was led by Southampton University and funded by the ESRC.



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Should universities take school performance into account?

Should universities take school performance into account? | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

With exam results out soon and discussions about the future of GCSEs and A-levels continuing, new research investigates the role played by secondary schools in explaining whether students go to university and how well they do once there.

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Article cites data from the ESRC Centre for the Microeconomic Analysis of Public Policy

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People Who Work Longer Smoke More

People Who Work Longer Smoke More | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Smoking is linked to working hours, according to new research which found that people who work longer smoke more.

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Article cites data used from the British Household Panel Survey which was funded by the ESRC

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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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