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Nigel Farage: shock jock or statesman? | Gary Gibbon on Politics

Nigel Farage: shock jock or statesman? | Gary Gibbon on Politics | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
One Tory strategist compares Nigel Farage to a "shock jock" radio host whose daily rants won't measure up to what voters expect of a leader.
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The article mentions British Election Study which is funded by the ESRC.  It first appeared on 21st May 2014. 

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Geotagging reveals Wikipedia is not quite so equal after all

Geotagging reveals Wikipedia is not quite so equal after all | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Wikipedia is often seen as a great equaliser. Every day, hundreds of thousands of people collaborate on a seemingly endless range of topics by writing, editing and discussing articles. But it’s starting to look like coverage on Wikipedia is far from equal.

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This article was written by Mark Graham, who has received funding from the ESRC. 

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'Gypsies, tramps, and thieves' How the press demonised Romanians

'Gypsies, tramps, and thieves' How the press demonised Romanians | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

British newspapers demonised Romanians as "gypsies, tramps and thieves" but insulted Bulgarians far less in the year preceeding the lifting of EU working restrictions.

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This article cites research by the ESRC-funded Migration Observatory at the University of Oxford.

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David Cameron ridicules Alex Salmond's "desperate" NHS claims

David Cameron ridicules Alex Salmond's "desperate" NHS claims | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
The Prime Minister says the Nationalists' claims that the Scottish NHS is at risk from the supposed privatisation of the English health service do not "stack up".
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The article cites research by the Institute for Fiscal Studies which is funded by the ESRC. 

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Your fate is in your hands - or at least, your children's results are

Your fate is in your hands - or at least, your children's results are | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
Research by the London School of Economics' Centre shows that those born to parents who believe their fate is in their own hands, perform up to 17 per cent better in exams when they grow up.
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This article cites research from the Centre for Economic Performance which was established by the ESRC. This article was originally published on 17 August 2014.

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Warwick economic centre awarded £3.5 million

Warwick economic centre awarded £3.5 million | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
Warwick's Centre for Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy has been awarded £3.5 million to continue its research programme
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This article discusses an ESRC grant that has been awarded to Centre for Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy (CAGE).

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The Online Me, Word of Mouth

The Online Me, Word of Mouth | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Gemma Cairney asks: "Are we different online than in real life?"

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Radio 1 presenter Gemma Cairney asks are we different online than in real life? She is joined by forensic linguist Dr Claire Hardaker,  of the ESRC Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Science (CASS), who explains how communities rapidly develop their own unique lexicons as a way of establishing who's in and who's out.


Programme originally aired 12 August 2014.

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Leave the car at home for a healthier daily commute, say experts

Leave the car at home for a healthier daily commute, say experts | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Commuting to work by active (walking or cycling) and public modes of transport is linked to lower body weight and body fat composition compared with those using private transport, suggests a UK study.

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The article cites data from Understanding Society - The UK Household Longitudinal Study which is funded by the ESRC. 

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A don't-know state of mind

A don't-know state of mind | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

"Put off by uncertainty and less likely to be persuaded by patriotic arguments around 'pride', women still need to be convinced that independence will deliver on the economy and other areas."

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The article cites the ESRC-funded report, Risk, Uncertainty and Vote Choice in the Scottish Referendum.

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Your Sunday roast chicken should carry a health warning

Your Sunday roast chicken should carry a health warning | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

The horror of the campylobacter scandal is that it is a predictable result of our 'just in time' farming system

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The article was written by two ESRC-funded researchers; John Allen is Professor of Economic Geography at the Open University and Stephanie Lavau lectures at the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Plymouth University.

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Pro-Union parties vow more powers

Pro-Union parties vow more powers | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
The three pro-Union parties have repeatedly promised that Scotland will get more powers in the event of a No vote.
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The article quotes Professor Charlie Jeffery of the University of Edinburgh, who directs the ESRC Future of the UK and Scotland programme.

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Campaigns not truthful, say voters

Campaigns not truthful, say voters | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
A majority of voters are not convinced they are being told the whole truth by either side in the referendum campaign, according to a new study.
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This article cites research by Professor Ailsa Henderson, of the ESRC Scottish Centre on Constitutional Change in Edinburgh

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Web Trolls Winning as Incivility Increases

Web Trolls Winning as Incivility Increases | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

The Internet may be losing the war against trolls. At the very least, it isn’t winning. And unless social networks, media sites and governments come up with some innovative way of defeating online troublemakers, the digital world will never be free of the trolls’ collective sway.

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The article quotes Dr Claire Hardaker, a project leader at the ESRC Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Science (CASS).


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Risks to currency, EU membership and public spending key to Referendum vote choice

According to new analysis, there is considerable public interest in the referendum campaign but almost seventy per cent of voters do not believe that either the Yes or No campaigns can predict the consequences of independence.  

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The article cites the study, Risk and Attitudes to Constitutional Change, produced by a team led by Professor Ailsa Henderson of the ESRC Scottish Centre on Constitutional Change based at the University of Edinburgh.

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Joining the herd at university isn't the only option

Joining the herd at university isn't the only option | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
I made friends with a lesbian and a man who didn’t wash, but that was about as interesting as university got for me
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This article cites research by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) which is funded by the ESRC.

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Is there a 'taste for discrimination'? - analysis

Is there a 'taste for discrimination'? - analysis | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Racial gaps in wages are often attributed to discrimination but data limitations make drawing strong conclusions difficult. Economists usually distinguish between taste-based and statistical discrimination. This column presents evidence from a new test of taste-based discrimination.

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This article is co-authored by Alex Bryson, Senior Research Fellow at the National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR). NIESR is a partner in two ESRC research centres, LLAKES and the Institute for Macroeconomics. Alex Bryson is also a Visiting Research Fellow at the Centre for Economic Performance (CEP) which is funded by the ESRC.

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One month to go: what voting No in the Scottish referendum can offer Labour voters

One month to go: what voting No in the Scottish referendum can offer Labour voters | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
With one month of campaigning left until the Scottish independence referendum, why would Scotland remaining in the Union benefit Labour supporters?
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The article cites the Institute for Fiscal Studies which is funded by the ESRC.

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Children of proactive mothers do better in exams

Children of proactive mothers do better in exams | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
Children born to mothers who have a strong belief they control their own fate and thus take a more "hands-on" approach to parenting often do better in their GCSEs, researchers claim
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This article cites research from the Centre for Economic Performance which was established by the ESRC. This article was originally published on 18 August 2014.

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Mothers who believe they can shape their destinies give children a head start

Mothers who believe they can shape their destinies give children a head start | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
A study of 10,000 young people suggests belief in the ability to change your life is formed in infancy
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This article cites research from the Centre for Economic Performance which was established by the ESRC.

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​UK tops world table for economic growth

​UK tops world table for economic growth | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

The UK economy is expanding at its fastest rate since 2007, performing better than any other economy in the G7.

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The article cites research from the National Institute for Economic and Social Research (NIESR). NIESR is a partner in two ESRC research centres, LLAKES and the Institute for Macroeconomics

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Reid raises spectre of Thatcher

Reid raises spectre of Thatcher | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Independence would see public services in Scotland subjected to greater cuts than under Margaret Thatcher's government, veteran Labour politician Lord Reid has claimed.

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

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The Tories' future is threatened by their lack of minority appeal

The Tories' future is threatened by their lack of minority appeal | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Baroness Warsi was right – the Tories do have a problem with the ethnic vote, a problem that could crush them.

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This article cites the British Election Study (BES) which is funded by the ESRC. 

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Modelling the supply chain for predictive approach

Modelling the supply chain for predictive approach | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
An effort to identify weaknesses in the supply chain and make industry more predictive than reactive is being undertaken by the University of Manchester.
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The piece of research discussed in the article is one of five projects to be awarded a grant by the ESRC and the Food Standards Agency (FSA).

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Academics believe Scotland heading for 'dollarisation'

Academics believe Scotland heading for 'dollarisation' | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
Leading academics believe that, if Scotland votes for independence next month, it could be heading for monetary 'dollarisation', under which the nation continues to use the pound without any formal agreement with the rest of the UK.
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The article cites research from the National Institute for Economic and Social Research (NIESR). NIESR is a partner in two ESRC research centres, LLAKES and the Institute for Macroeconomics

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Women being coerced into having anal sex, researchers say, with persuasion normalised

A study on why teenage heterosexual couples may engage in anal sex has revealed a climate of coercion, with consent and mutuality not always a priority for the boys who are trying to persuade girls into having it.
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The article cites the sixteen18 project, a piece of research funded by the ESRC on the sex lives of 16 - 18 year olds.

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The PhD experience: this far, and no further

The PhD experience: this far, and no further | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
Five students on how doctoral study changed them and their futures
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This feature includes a section on Lisa Ironside who is three years into a doctorate in economics, funded by the ESRC, at Keele University.

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