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UK university funding: don’t copy the Australians

UK university funding: don’t copy the Australians | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
As costs soar for students Down Under, England should be even more wary of following the country’s lead, says Rachel Wenstone
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Fall of the Berlin Wall: Children born after the Iron Curtain fell have worse parents, study claims

Fall of the Berlin Wall: Children born after the Iron Curtain fell have worse parents, study claims | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
A generation of Germans born in the aftermath of the fall of the Berlin Wall suffered poor parenting from "risk loving" mothers and fathers, according to a new study.
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Article refers to research being presented at an ESRC Festival of Social Science event.

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FactCheck: have you been swamped by EU migrants?

FactCheck: have you been swamped by EU migrants? | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
Are there really towns that have been swamped by European migrants? Where are the hotspots? Is there pressure on jobs and housing?
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The article quotes the University of Oxford's Migration Observatory, which is part-funded by the ESRC.

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Private school graduates 'earn more'

Private school graduates 'earn more' | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

UK graduates who went to private schools earn thousands of pounds more, on average, than their state-educated peers, research finds.

The study by the Institute for Fiscal Studies says the pay gap is more than £4,500 a year, raising questions over education's impact on social mobility.

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The Institute for Fiscal Studies receives funding from the ESRC.

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PM feels 'moral duty' to cut taxes

PM feels 'moral duty' to cut taxes | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
David Cameron said he feels a "moral duty" to cut taxes but faced a Labour backlash over claims promised income tax changes would save the average worker £3,800 by 2020.
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Feeling grumpy? Britons were officially BORN to be miserable

Feeling grumpy? Britons were officially BORN to be miserable | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
HERE'S some news to brighten your day - Britons are born to be miserable and down–trodden, according to new research.
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Article discussing research to be presented at the Happiness Around the World Festival of Social Science event.

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Americans and Brits are genetically programmed to be MISERABLE 

Americans and Brits are genetically programmed to be MISERABLE  | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
  • Scientists at Warwick University discovered the gene responsible for serotonin levels in the brain is responsible for setting your mood
  • The shorter the gene, the lower the levels of the mood-enhancing hormone
  • Longer the gene the higher the levels of serotonin, thus people are happier
  • Danes found to be happiest, and have longest form of the gene
  • But those in France are most miserable, with the shortest form
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Britons are born grumpy. But cheer up, French are worse

Britons are born grumpy. But cheer up, French are worse | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
The British, Americans and the French are born to be miserable and no amount of money or sunshine will change that, researchers suggest
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Article discussing research to be presented at the Happiness Around the World Festival of Social Science event.


Please note, you may need to pay to access this article.

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Political disaffection is rising, and driving UKIP support

Political disaffection is rising, and driving UKIP support | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
Will Jennings, Gerry Stoker, Nick Clarke and Jonathan Moss of the University of Southampton revisit a poll question first asked by Gallup in 1944 – finding political disaffection on the rise, and driving UKIP support
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Article discusses the launch of Popular Understandings of Politics in Britain, 1937-2014, an ESRC-funded project at the University of Southampton.

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Conventional police interview techniques are not effective for people with autism

Police find interviewing and interacting with witnesses and suspects with autism a real challenge, a study has revealed - highlighting that the ways officers have been taught to in...

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The article refers to the Experiences of Autism and Policing event held as part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science.

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David Lindsay: The Myth of Britain's Soft Touch

Apart from anecdotes and hearsay, what actual evidence is there to suggest that migrants are flocking to the UK for our supposedly generous benefits system?

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Low social position explains link between lack of money and poor health

Low social position explains link between lack of money and poor health | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
People with low incomes are more prone to ill health due to the stress associated with their social position rather than their lack of money, according to researchers at the University of Stirling.
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The research used the ESRC-funded British Household Panel Survey

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Ministers aim to boost the nation’s happiness with new wellbeing centre

Ministers aim to boost the nation’s happiness with new wellbeing centre | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Increasing national well-being is to be put at the heart of Government policy-making, ministers will announce today, with the establishment of a new centre to measure the impact of policies on people’s happiness.

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Article announcing the ESRC-funded What Works Centre for Wellbeing

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Ed Balls told to take clearer line on budget deficit

Ed Balls told to take clearer line on budget deficit | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Some shadow cabinet members privately express concerns about recent statements on Labour’s fiscal plans.

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Online abuse affects men and women differently – and this is key to tackling trolls

Online abuse affects men and women differently – and this is key to tackling trolls | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Video games, Jane Austen, and a Welsh footballer: it might seem these three have nothing in common, but all have been the basis for online abuse targeted specifically at women.


Of course, both men and women face harassment online, and some face it every day. But the cases involving Anita Sarkeesian and #GamerGate, Caroline Criado-Perez’s campaign for a woman on a British banknote, and threats towardChloe Madeley after her mother Judy Finnigan’s comments about footballer Ched Evans, raise the question of whether there is an essential difference between what women and men face online.

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Article co-written by Claire Hardaker, who receives ESRC funding for her work on Twitter rape threats and the discourse of online misogyny.

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Private school grads earn £1,700 a year more than public school pupils

Private school grads earn £1,700 a year more than public school pupils | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
Graduates who attended a private school earn around £1,700 per year more than their state-educated counterparts with the same degree class, new research shows.
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Article based on study published by the Institute for Fiscal Studies, which receives ESRC funding

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Privately educated graduates earn more - even with the same qualifications and job

Privately educated graduates earn more - even with the same qualifications and job | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
Graduates from state schools earn less than their private school counterparts - even if they leave university with the same degree in the same subject and go into the same occupation.
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Article based on study published by the Institute for Fiscal Studies, which receives ESRC funding.

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Private school graduates earn more

University graduates who attended private school earn thousands of pounds more on average than those who were state-educated, according to research.
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Policy reforms needed as childcare puts brake on women's enterprise

New figures pointing to a rise in the number of self-employed women obscures the fact that a lot of women's enterprise in the UK is unglamorous, scarcely profitable and curbed by childcare responsibilities. 

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Feeling grumpy? Britons were officially BORN to be miserable

Feeling grumpy? Britons were officially BORN to be miserable | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
HERE'S some news to brighten your day - Britons are born to be miserable and down–trodden, according to new research.
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Article discussing research to be presented at the Happiness Around the World Festival of Social Science event.

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Hacking into health research

Hacking into health research | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
Patients get called a lot of things these days. Simon Stevens, for example, referred to them as the “renewable energy” of health services. The NHS White Paper called them “the heart” of the NHS. We at PRIMER (the Primary care Research in Manchester Engagement Resource), however, decided to call them hackers.
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Landmark archive of 10 million Gaelic words launched

Landmark archive of 10 million Gaelic words launched | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Researchers have completed the first phase of the world’s most extensive digital archive of Scottish Gaelic texts as part of a landmark project to revolutionise access and understanding of the language to public around the world.

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Article on the Digital Archive of Scottish Gaelic (DASG) project, part-funded by the ESRC.

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Bristol academic wins Science of Risk prize

Bristol academic wins Science of Risk prize | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

A research paper published earlier this year in Nature Communications has been awarded a Science of Risk prize by Lloyd’s.

The research, led by Dr Juliet Biggs of the University of Bristol, looked at satellite imagery data for 500 volcanoes worldwide, monitoring which volcanoes were deforming to establish statistical evidence of their eruption potential.

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The researcher was funded by STREVA - an interdisciplinary project funded by the NERC/ESRC Increasing Resilience to Natural Hazards in Earthquake-prone & Volcanic Regions programme involving the Universities of East Anglia, Bristol, Oxford and Leeds, the British Geological Survey and the Overseas Development Institute.

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Women who postpone having babies until they are older make happier parents, study finds

Women who postpone having babies until they are older make happier parents, study finds | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
A new wide-ranging study has found that older parents who have their first children aged 35 to 40 years old are actually happier than their younger counterparts
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The research used the ESRC-funded British Household Panel Survey.

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Training needed for autism interviews

Training needed for autism interviews | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Conventional police interview techniques are not effective for people with autism, recent research has revealed.

The study, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and undertaken by researchers from City University London and the University of Bath, examined which techniques do and do not work when police interview those suffering from autism.

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The article refers to the Experiences of Autism and Policing event held as part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science.

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Government to put nation's wellbeing at heart of policy making

Government to put nation's wellbeing at heart of policy making | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

The new centre will soon be commissioning universities to research the impact that different services have on the British public's wellbeing.

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Article announcing the ESRC-funded What Works Centre for Wellbeing

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