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Firstborn children really do excel, reveals groundbreaking study

Firstborn children really do excel, reveals groundbreaking study | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

What do Angela Merkel, Hillary Clinton, Christine Lagarde, Oprah Winfrey, Sheryl Sandberg, JK Rowling and Beyoncé have in common? Other than riding high in Forbes list of the world's most powerful women, they are also all firstborn children in their families.


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This groundbreaking study, by Feifei Bu at the Institute for Social and Economic Research, University of Essex, uses data from the British Household Panel Study and its successor Understanding Society. ISER is funded by the ESRC

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We don't need 'macho' stereotypes to entice boys onto the dance floor

We don't need 'macho' stereotypes to entice boys onto the dance floor | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Dance isn't just for girls - but boys need more support and inspiration to get them moving.

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Author Christopher Marlow is a Doctoral Researcher at Lancaster University and he receives ESRC funding.

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One in four teenage girls 'depressed'

One in four teenage girls 'depressed' | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
The findings come from 10,000 young people's views and make worrying reading, say UK researchers.
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CLOSER (Cohort & Longitudinal Studies Enhancement Resources) is funded by ESRC and MRC. 

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Women 'more likely to be turned off sex'

Women 'more likely to be turned off sex' | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
A lack of emotional closeness affects both men and women's desire for sex, a study suggests.
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The study was funded by the U.K. Medical Research Council and the Wellcome Trust, with support from the Economic and Social Research Council and the Department of Health.

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UK Data Service's curator insight, September 19, 6:24 AM
This article covers research which uses data held by the UK Data Service.

National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles
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Blue Grassroots: Conservative Party Members In The Aftermath Of The Brexit Referendum

Blue Grassroots: Conservative Party Members In The Aftermath Of The Brexit Referendum | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
Eye-catching figures recently published by the Electora
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Article author, Dr Monica Poletti is part of the team working on the ESRC’s Party Member Project. 

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The truth about making policy is difficult for politicians to swallow

The truth about making policy is difficult for politicians to swallow | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

It is a fact insufficiently acknowledged that making good public policy is difficult. Really difficult. The government has an annual budget in excess of £700 billion and responsibility for the health, wealth, safety and education of a nation of 70 million souls.

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The Institute for Fiscal Studies receives funding from the ESRC. Paul Johnson is Director of the IFS.

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What happens in the brain to make us 'catch' yawns - BBC News

What happens in the brain to make us 'catch' yawns - BBC News | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
Scientists have identified a part of the brain that is triggered when someone else yawns.
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ESRC-funded Doctoral Training Centre student, Bev Brown, was part of the team behind this study. 

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European Central Bank Chief Says Monetary Policy Must Stay ‘Very Patient’

European Central Bank Chief Says Monetary Policy Must Stay ‘Very Patient’ | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
Mario Draghi, the head of the central bank, said an economic recovery has taken hold but monetary stimulus is still required.
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Professor John Van Reenan of the Centre for Economic Performance, established by ESRC.

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Brexit transition deal 'may face legal challenge or slapped down by any angry EU state'

Brexit transition deal 'may face legal challenge or slapped down by any angry EU state' | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
ANY Brexit transition deal which lasts more than two years could be challenged in the European Court of Justice or voted down by the German parliament, Theresa May has been warned.
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Article cites Catherine Barnard, Professor of European Law at the University of Cambridge, who is part of the ESRC-funded UK in a Changing Europe. 

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What It’s Like to Experience Pregnancy as a Trans Man

What It’s Like to Experience Pregnancy as a Trans Man | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
Trystan Reese gave birth to his son, Leo, on July 14th in Portland. And Reese isn’t the only transgender man to have a child this summer. Hayden Cross, 21, a trans man in the UK, gave birth to his…
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Article cites ESRC funded research - 'Pregnant Men: An International Exploration of Trans Male Experiences and Practices of Reproduction'

 
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Why Do We Undervalue Competent Management?

Why Do We Undervalue Competent Management? | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
Neither great leadership nor brilliant strategy matters without operational excellence.
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The article cites research undertaken by ESRC funded Centre for Economic Performance

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Ethnic segregation: a tough problem to solve in UK universities

Ethnic segregation: a tough problem to solve in UK universities | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Michael Donnelly and Sol Gamsu crunch the numbers, and find that parts of the UK higher education system are far less diverse than you might think

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Article cites research from the ESRC funded programme: Geographies of Higher Education: Spatial and social mobilities. 

 

 

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The rise of childlessness

The rise of childlessness | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

POCKET LIVING has been building and selling small flats in London since 2005. The flats have many of the things that young, single people want, such as bicycle storage, and lack the things they do not, such as large kitchens and lots of bookshelves.

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Article quotes Professor Ann Berrington, who leads two ESRC funded research projects at the Centre for Population Change.

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What happens to the Irish border after Brexit? Brexit paper on Ireland REVEALED

What happens to the Irish border after Brexit? Brexit paper on Ireland REVEALED | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
BREXIT will not lead to the resurrection of border posts between Ireland and Northern Ireland, the British Government has vowed. But what will happen to the Irish border after the UK leaves the EU?
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Article quotes Dr Simon Usherwood, an ESRC research fellow looking into the relationship between the UK and Europe during Brexit. 

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Teachers told to stop stressing about split infinitives, as study finds they are now part of everyday language

Teachers told to stop stressing about split infinitives, as study finds they are now part of everyday language | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
Splitting an infinitive and starting a sentence with “so” or “like” are all habits that any self-respecting grammar pedant would abhor.
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This research was carried out by the ESRC Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Science (CASS) and Cambridge University Press. 

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Professor Patrick Sturgis appointed Specialist Advisor to House of Lords

Professor Patrick Sturgis appointed Specialist Advisor to House of Lords | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
Patrick Sturgis, Professor of Research Methodology in Social Statistics and Demography, has been appointed Specialist Advisor to the House of Lords Select Committee on Political Polling and Digital…
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Professor Patrick Sturgis is Director od the ESRC National Centre for Research Methods.

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Gibraltar: Borderline Blues - Geographical

Gibraltar: Borderline Blues - Geographical | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
As the 50th anniversary of Gibraltar’s historical 1967 sovereignty referendum approaches, could recognising an emerging Gibraltarian identity be a solution to the territory's dilemma?
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Article cites Andrew Canessa, Professor of Sociology at the University of Essex, and principal investigator of Bordering on Britishness, an oral history project undertaken by the UK Economic and Social Research Council, the Garrison Library of Gibraltar, and the University of Essex, recording the memories and loyalties of hundreds of Gibraltarians, from across the generations and the ethnic spectrum.

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A survey of 3,500 UK-based international students with surprising results

A survey of 3,500 UK-based international students with surprising results | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

It's time to remove students from migrant numbers and reinstate the post-study work visa, says Jane Falkingham

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Professor Jane Falkingham is Director of the ESRC funded Centre for Population Change

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UK Data Service's curator insight, September 4, 11:02 AM
This article covers research which uses data held by the UK Data Service.

International Passenger Survey
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How are the Tories going after young people? - BBC News

How are the Tories going after young people? - BBC News | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
Is a Conservative version of Momentum the answer to address the party's lack of appeal to young voters?
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Article cites research from ESRC funded British Election Study

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UK Data Service's curator insight, September 4, 5:19 AM
This article covers research which uses data held by the UK Data Service.

British Election Study
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Why is it easier to say vulgarities in a foreign language? 

Why is it easier to say vulgarities in a foreign language?  | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Le Monde explores Wilhelmiina Toivo work on "reduced emotional resonance."  [This article is in French] 

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Wilhelmiina Toivo is an ESRC-funded PhD student from the University of Glasgow, joint winner of Making Sense of Society, the ESRC’s writing competition 2017. 

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Brexit campaigners 'use ECJ backlash to rally support for Rees-Mogg'

Brexit campaigners 'use ECJ backlash to rally support for Rees-Mogg' | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
Social media analysis finds issues such as European court are behind wave of online support for MP as potential Tory leader
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Article cites research by ESRC's UK in a Changing Europe. 

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Three reasons remainers should stop calling for a second referendum on Brexit | Denis MacShane

Three reasons remainers should stop calling for a second referendum on Brexit | Denis MacShane | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
Focusing on another vote means the real work of grassroots campaigning hasn’t taken place, writes former Europe minister Denis MacShane
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Opinion piece cites ESRC funded research by The British Election Study. 

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Bangor University creates a new toolkit to encourage Welsh in the community

Bangor University creates a new toolkit to encourage Welsh in the community | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Service is aimed at parents of babies, toddlers and outdoor activities companies

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Article cites research funded by Bangor university’s ESRC Impact Acceleration Account. 

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Vocational GCSEs may be holding girls back, research suggests - Centre for Longitudinal Studies

Vocational GCSEs may be holding girls back, research suggests - Centre for Longitudinal Studies | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Girls who take ‘applied’ subjects, such as health and social care or home economics, at GCSE may be facing educational disadvantage as a result, a new study has found.

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Article cites the cohort study Next Steps, which is  managed by the Centre for Longitudinal Studies and funded by the Economic and Social Research Council.

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UK Data Service's curator insight, August 22, 4:29 AM
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National Pupil Database
https://discover.ukdataservice.ac.uk/series/?sn=2000108

Next Steps (formerly the Longitudinal Study of Young People in England (LSYPE1))
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Farewell to the ECJ? We may end up obeying laws but having no say in them | Catherine Barnard

Farewell to the ECJ? We may end up obeying laws but having no say in them | Catherine Barnard | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
The UK has punched above its weight in court decisions. Such influence will be surrendered as Brexit becomes a reality
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Professor Catherine Barnard is a senior fellow at the ESRC funded initiative The UK in a Changing Europe. 

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World Humanitarian Day comment - In the Line of Fire

World Humanitarian Day comment - In the Line of Fire | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

On 11 July 2016, South Sudanese government soldiers, fresh from winning a battle against the armed opposition, went on rampage in a residential area in Juba that is popular with foreigners. Among the numerous incidents on this day, several soldiers entered Hotel Terrain and beat up, raped, and killed aid workers... 

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Comment piece is based on finding from an ESRC funded project entitled: Making Peacekeeping Data Work for the International Community. 

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