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Ethnic minorities in Britain face social barriers even when better qualified, says Manchester university study

Ethnic minorities in Britain face social barriers even when better qualified, says Manchester university study | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Ethnic minorities in Britain continue to face social barriers even when they are better qualified than their white peers, according to a study from the University of Manchester.

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The article quotes findings from the ESRC-funded Centre on Dynamics of Ethnicity.

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York and Cardiff academics launch new resource for family members of people in vegetative or minimally conscious states

A unique online resource for family members and others involved in the care of people with severe forms of brain injury is to be launched this week.

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The resource is funded by the ESRC.

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Walking or cycling to work improves wellbeing

Walking or cycling to work improves wellbeing | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
Walking or cycling to work is better for people's mental health than driving to work, according to new research by health economists at the University of East Anglia.
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In addition to the research by research from the Centre for Diet and Activity Research (CEDAR) (part of the UK Clinical Research Collaboration (UKCRC), for which ESRC provides administrative management), the article mentions the British Household Panel Survey which is funded by the ESRC.

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Couples hit hardest by recession are eight times as likely to break up

A study by Relate – Relationships, Recession and Recovery –  shows that couples worst affected by the recession are eight times as likely to suffer relationship breakdown.

The charity analysed data from Understanding Society (the UK's prime longitudinal study) that detailed how people in the UK were affected by the economic downturn from 2009 to 2012. 

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Understanding Society is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council.

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UK, South Africa launch Newton science partnership

UK, South Africa launch Newton science partnership | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

The British and South African governments last week announced that they had committed US$46 million over the next four years to a major new research and training partnership promoting science, technology and innovation, the UK-South Africa Newton Fund.

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The article references the social science research initiative involving the UK Economic and Social Research Council and the South African National Research Foundation, addressing challenges facing a rapidly changing world, with funding of £5 million.

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Sequencing 100,000 genomes is exciting but how will it transform care for patients?

Sequencing 100,000 genomes is exciting but how will it transform care for patients? | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

The 100,000 Genomes Project has just sequenced the 100th genome. The project, launched by the prime minister two years ago, aims to sequence 100,000 whole genomes from NHS patients and families with cancer and rare diseases by 2017.

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Author Daniele Carrieri is a Research Fellow at the University of Exeter and receives funding from the ESRC

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Big picture of a big nation

Big picture of a big nation | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

China centers around the world are gearing up to study the modern, multi-dimensional country

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Article cites the ESRC-funded White Rose East Asia Centre

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Putting a value on what nature does for us

Putting a value on what nature does for us | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

A new online resource, developed by researchers at the University of Cambridge in collaboration with other organisations based in Cambridge, helps those in both the public and private sector see how changes to an ecosystem can affect its value, in order to make more informed decisions about how the natural environment should be developed.


The Toolkit for Ecosystem Service Site-based Assessment (TESSA) was launched online this week.

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The development of the interactive TESSA manual was funded by an ESRC Impact Acceleration Account pilot grant awarded to Cambridge University.

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ESRC Impact prize – Policing crowds without force | ENABLE

ESRC Impact prize – Policing crowds without force | ENABLE | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

In 2014 Dr. Clifford Stott got the prize for Outstanding Impact in Public Police at the Economic and Social Research Council. He won the price because of his work with the aim of helping police manage the potential for conflict in crowds while allowing people’s rights to protest through dialogue and negotiation.

 

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Enable have posted the video of the ESRC Celebrating Imact Prize winner Dr Clifford Stott.

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Government of Canada Strengthens Collaboration With the United Kingdom

Canada is continuously looking for ways to enhance the exchange of information through negotiations of tax agreements, renegotiations of existing treaties, and enhancements of administrative arrangements with other countries.

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Article cites the ESRC-funded Tax Adminstration Research Centre (TARC)

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Why Global Contributions To Wikipedia Are So Unequal

Why Global Contributions To Wikipedia Are So Unequal | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

The geography of knowledge has always been uneven.

Some people and places have always been more visible and had more voices than others.
But the Internet seemed to promise something different: a greater diversity of voices, opinions and narratives from more places. Unfortunately, this has not come to pass in quite the manner some expected it to. Many parts of the world remain invisible or under-represented on important websites and services.

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Article written by Mark Graham, who received funding from the ESRC.

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‘Hidden problem’ of sibling bullying linked with later mental health disorders

A new study has found that children who revealed they had been bullied by their brothers or sisters several times a week or more during early adolescence were twice as likely to report being clinically depressed as young adults.

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Artilce cites research from the University of Warwick study, which received funding from the ESRC

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Secular stagnation: Facts, causes, and cures

Secular stagnation: Facts, causes, and cures | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Six years after the Crisis and the recovery is still anaemic despite years of zero interest rates. Is ‘secular stagnation’ to blame?

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Professor Nicholas Crafts, Director of the ESRC Research Centre CAGE: Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy (hosted by the Department of Economics at the University of Warwick) features in a chapter of an eBook, originally launched by VoxEU.org on 15 August 2014, that gathers the views of leading economists. 

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There is a perfect age gap for siblings - and it's not what you think

There is a perfect age gap for siblings - and it's not what you think | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
A new study suggests a perfect age gap for siblings based on whether they go on to higher education.
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The article reports on a study from the Institute for Social Economic Research, which receives ESRC funding.

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RSM McClure Watters Acquires Renowned Economic Development Consultancy

RSM McClure Watters Acquires Renowned Economic Development Consultancy | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Leading research and consulting firm RSM McClure Watters Consulting Ltd has today announced the acquisition of a highly respected Cambridge-based economic consultancy.


PACEC works in collaboration with the Centre for Business Research at Cambridge University and the Judge Business School also at the same university. 

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The Centre for Business Research is funded by the ESRC.

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The benefits of an 'active commute'

The benefits of an 'active commute' | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

BBC Radio 4 - The World at One.

Clip from 30:30 - 35:35.

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Guests discuss research from the Centre for Diet and Activity Research (CEDAR), part of the UK Clinical Research Collaboration (UKCRC), for which ESRC provides administrative management.

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When times are tough, couples break up

When times are tough, couples break up | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

The recession has taken a heavy toll on poorer couples and families, according to a large-scale study of how the downturn affected relationships.

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The study, based on the lives of 20 000 people who take part in the academically-run Understanding Society long-term survey, split couples into groups, ranging from those who thrived in the years after the banking collapse in 2008 to those who were forced out of work and into benefit dependency.


Understanding Society is funded by the ESRC.

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Walking or cycling 'wellbeing boost'

Walking or cycling 'wellbeing boost' | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Switching from driving a car to walking or cycling to work improves our wellbeing, a study suggests.

Active commuters felt better able to concentrate and under less strain than when travelling by car, University of East Anglia (UEA) researchers said.

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The research comes from the Centre for Diet and Activity Research (CEDAR), part of the UK Clinical Research Collaboration (UKCRC), for which ESRC provides administrative management.

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Tool Helps Put a Value on Nature

An interactive online tool allows users to calculate the value of an ecosystem, and lets them determine how altering a habitat can affect its economic, social and environmental worth.

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The development of the interactive TESSA manual was funded by an ESRC Impact Acceleration Account pilot grant awarded to Cambridge University.

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Job losses and debts blamed for higher levels of family break-up

Job losses and debts blamed for higher levels of family break-up | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

While marriages and partnerships of the better off mainly survived years of economic adversity, those who lost their jobs or fell into debt suffered high levels of family break-up, a study said.

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Article cites the ESRC-funded Understanding Society study

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Loughborough lead £3m drive to improve Low Carbon Vehicle technologies

Loughborough University is set to lead a £3.3m research project aimed at improving the technologies that will propel the next generation of low carbon vehicles.


The four year project, called ELEVATE (ELEctrochemical Vehicle Advanced TEchnology) will look to develop better materials for energy storage devices such as batteries and supercapacitors, along with better diagnostics for fuel cells.

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Article about work funded by the Research Councils UK (RCUK) Energy Programme, which involves the ESRC.

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Most couples retiring over last decade appear stable

The vast majority of couples born in the 1940s have levels of wealth that are more than sufficient to maintain their standards of living into and through retirement. This is the main finding of Ret

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Article cites the ESRC-funded Retirement Sorted? project which was published by the Institute of Fiscal Studies

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Reading crisis facing UK's children

One and a half million children will reach the age of 11 unable to ‘read well’ by 2025 unless urgent action is taken to tackle the reading crisis facing Britain’s pupils, according to new research.

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Article cites findings from the ESRC funded Millenium Cohort Study

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Couples born in 1940s have money to fund lifestyles when retired

Couples born in 1940s have money to fund lifestyles when retired | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Nine out of ten couples born in the 1940s have more than enough money to fund their lifestyles in retirement.

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Article cites the ESRC funded Institute of Fisal Studies

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'Hate crime' victims suffering in silence, says University of Leicester report

'Hate crime' victims suffering in silence, says University of Leicester report | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

A two-year study into the level of 'hate crime' in Leicester has found people are suffering in silence every day.

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Artilce cites findings from the ESRC funded Leicester Hate Crime Project

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Is it selfish to want children?

Is it selfish to want children? | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

"Parenthood may not be the selfless achievement that we modern parents like to think it is."


"Only half of pregnancies in the UK are planned, according to the National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles, and a further 29 per cent were described as “ambivalent."

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The findings of the National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles, which was part funded by the ESRC, are featured in this article.

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