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New EcoPoor project starts in Dar, Dhaka

New EcoPoor project starts in Dar, Dhaka | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

"An EcoPoor project on low income urban people's access to basic services such as safe water and sanitation was launched over the weekend."

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ESPA’s EcoPoor project is funded by DFID, NERC and ESRC as part of the Living with Environmental Change LWEC programme.

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Today - BBC Radio 4

Morning news. Includes Sports Desk; Weather; Thought for the Day.

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Programme interviews ESRC Future Research Leader, Dr Charlotte O'Brien from the University of York regarding her findings on EU Welfare.

Broadcast starts at 02:13:20

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Incomes set to outstrip inflation says IFS

Incomes set to outstrip inflation says IFS | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Average incomes are set to rise by 3.1 per cent to £459 per week – or £23,868 a year - in the current financial year, according to the IFS.

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Article cites findings from the ESRC-funded Institute for Fiscal Studies

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£7.5 million in funding to support urban living

£7.5 million in funding to support urban living | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Opportunities for businesses to help local councils and communities improve quality of life in urban areas through innovative use of data.

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Artilce regarding the Innovate UK 2014 initiative which receives funding from the ESRC.

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Funding for poorer pupils helps more boys than girls, study shows

Funding for poorer pupils helps more boys than girls, study shows | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
Bright girls from poor backgrounds are falling behind in class as cash to raise standards is concentrated on boys, it is claimed today. Research into school spending reveals that boys on free school meals make 50 per cent more progress in secondary school than girls.
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Article on a study, published by the Nuffield Foundation, co-authored by an ESRC-funded researcher at the Institute for Social and Economic Research, University of Essex.

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Rochester And Strood By-Election: Five Lessons

Rochester And Strood By-Election: Five Lessons | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
Sky's Faisal Islam looks at what can be learnt in the fallout from UKIP's second by-election gain from the Conservatives.
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Articles cites research from the British Election Study, which receives funding from the ESRC.

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The superhead: how Cynthia Eubank turned a struggling Deptford primary school into the best in the country

The superhead: how Cynthia Eubank turned a struggling Deptford primary school into the best in the country | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
Cynthia Eubank’s room at Grinling Gibbons primary school is half office and half data analysis centre. There are “data packs” strewn around, a row of folders full of Excel spreadsheets and performance graphs. Most key decisions she makes are based on “interrogating” them for insights.
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The article cites a report by the ESRC-funded Centre for Market and Public Organisation (CMPO) at the University of Bristol.

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School lunches deliver health benefits - but only if they are consumed

Universal free school meals should be offered to all children in their first years of secondary school, according to one of the leading nutrition experts in the UK.

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The article cites research by Fuse: The Centre for Translational Research in Public Health which is part funded by the ESRC.

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Transforming cities for sustainability: Key resources

Transforming cities for sustainability: Key resources | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
Kate Hawley rounds up global resources on urban sustainability: the networks, institutes, initiatives and reports.
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Article features the ESRC-funded STEPS Centre.

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Poor 'have fewer teeth' than rich

Poor 'have fewer teeth' than rich | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

The poorest people in society have eight fewer teeth than the richest by the time they reach their 70s, a study has suggested.

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Article cites findings from the ESRC-funded study, a collaboration between Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne NHS Foundation Trust, UCL and the National Centre for Social Research

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E-cigarettes ‘could help save millions’, MSPs told

E-cigarettes ‘could help save millions’, MSPs told | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Electronic cigarettes could deliver a “huge potential public health prize” and potentially help save millions of lives, a tobacco expert told MSPs.

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Article cites findings from the UK Centre for Tobacco Control Studies (UKCTCS) , one of five Centres of Excellence for which the ESRC provides the administrative management.

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Elderly people who are poor ‘have eight fewer teeth than the richest 20% of society’

Elderly people who are poor ‘have eight fewer teeth than the richest 20% of society’ | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

More than 6,000 people aged 21 and over from all income groups were involved in the British study, published today in the Journal of Dental Research.

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Article cites findings from the ESRC-funded study, a collaboration between Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne NHS Foundation Trust, UCL and the National Centre for Social Research

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Not Many Of Us Land The Dream Jobs We Wanted As Kids

Not Many Of Us Land The Dream Jobs We Wanted As Kids | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

If the job you have isn't the one you always dreamed of, you have lots of company. A new study shows that only about six percent of adults wind up in occupations they dreamed about as children.


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Article cites the ESRC-funded British Household Panel Survey

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Want to marry someone from abroad? Don’t be female or black

Want to marry someone from abroad? Don’t be female or black | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Immmigration rules on minimum income benchmarks in the UK: Money can't buy you love. But it can buy you the right to live together

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Artilce cites findings from the ESRC-funded Migration Observatory

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Benefits for pensioners to cost £12 billion a year even though they have 'stopped being poor'

Benefits for pensioners to cost £12 billion a year even though they have 'stopped being poor' | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

The Institute for Fiscal Studies urged policy-makers to recognise that “pensioners as a group have stopped being poor”

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Article cites findings and recommendations from the ESRC-funded Institute for Fiscal Studies


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Autumn Statement 2014: Could high business growth start to attract tax relief?

Autumn Statement 2014: Could high business growth start to attract tax relief? | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Business news and management advice for entrepreneurs, growing businesses and SMEs.

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Article cites findings from the ESRC-funded Institute for Fiscal Studies

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Labour Party plans to quadruple gun licence cost and scrap commissioners

Labour Party plans to quadruple gun licence cost and scrap commissioners | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Labour last night unveiled plans to save £250million by scrapping police commissioners and quadrupling the cost of gun licenses.

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Article cites findings from the ESRC-funded Institute for Fiscal Studies

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'Better sex education, more understanding and openness are vital'

Last Thursday, the Wellcome Collection opened the first UK exhibition to bring together the pioneers of the study of sex. The Institute of Sexology: Undress Your Mind fascinates in its examination of the culturally constructed nature of sexual behaviour. Included is a brief history of the pioneering National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles (Natsal). Established by a female team to learn more about sexual behaviour at the peak of the HIV-Aids crisis, its findings in 1990/91 informed successful sexual health strategies. It has conducted three major studies every decade since then. On average, men now have around 12 partners and women 7.7 in a lifetime, double the 1990 figure but hardly Sodom and Gomorrah. “Media portrayal of sex is so different from people’s lived reality,” says Professor Dame Anne Johnson, one of Natsal’s leaders
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Observer editorial discusses the important work of the National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles (Natsal), which is part-funded by the ESRC.

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Experts unite to attack full devolution of income tax

Experts unite to attack full devolution of income tax | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
MORE than 40 of Britain's top economic experts have come out against the full devolution of income tax to Scotland, warning such a move would undermine the UK state, according to a poll.
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Article based on study by ESRC-funded Centre for Macroeconomics.

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More than Child’s Play? The World of War Toys

More than Child’s Play? The World of War Toys | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Do war toys encourage violent behaviour and make conflict more acceptable? Or do they offer genuine insight into military history?

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All three authors of the article are either receiving ESRC-funding or have been awarded ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowships. Dr Philip Kirby is currently studying ludic geopolitics and popular expressions of militarism, as part of a collaborative ESRC project with the universities of Portsmouth and Royal Holloway.

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Ditch the term 'SME' and focus on scale-ups, not start-ups, government told

Ditch the term 'SME' and focus on scale-ups, not start-ups, government told | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

The government should shift its focus from supporting startups and work on helping companies scale up into world beating businesses.

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The article cites research by the ESRC-funded Enterprise Research Centre.

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UK: Children's, Parents' Mental Health on the Decline

UK: Children's, Parents' Mental Health on the Decline | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
Surveys of mental health professionals show troubling admissions regarding the state of mental health for both children and parents.
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Articles cites research from the London School of Economics’ Centre for Economic Performance, which receives ESRC funding.

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Teach children what to say and they'll stand up to bullies

Teach children what to say and they'll stand up to bullies | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Following concerns that two thirds of teachers have witnessed cyberbullying, research suggests that telling children what to say would encourage them to stand up for victims

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Article refers to an event as part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science.

Article first published 4th November 2014

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Britain handed out 200,000 passports to foreigners in just ONE year

Britain handed out 200,000 passports to foreigners in just ONE year | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

BRITAIN handed almost 200,000 passports to foreigners in just one year, ­figures out yesterday reveal.

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Article cites the ESRC-funded Migration Observatory at the University of Oxford

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'Poor have fewer teeth than rich'

'Poor have fewer teeth than rich' | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

The poorest people in society have eight fewer teeth by their seventies than the richest, according to a study.

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Article cites findings from the ESRC-funded study, a collaboration between Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne NHS Foundation Trust, UCL and the National Centre for Social Research

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Are cliques taking control of our governing bodies?

Small groups are dominating too many decisions, study finds

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Article cites the ESRC-funded study on the changing governance of schools in England

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