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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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Hunting for a school place is a brutal lesson in economics

Hunting for a school place is a brutal lesson in economics | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Russell Lynch looks at the economic issues involved in choosing the right school for your child.

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The article quotes Professor Simon Burgess from the ESRC-funded Centre for Market and Public Organisation, at the University of Bristol.

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Ebola: Difficult Questions for Development

Ebola: Difficult Questions for Development | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Ideological positions and poor understandings have created a set of assumptions about development that are fundamentally challenged by the Ebola experience. Can this terrible crisis provide a moment for reframing development? 

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Author, Ian Scoones is the director of the ESRC STEPS Centre

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Game of Losers: the numbers show David Cameron and Ed Miliband face election stalemate

Game of Losers: the numbers show David Cameron and Ed Miliband face election stalemate | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

No one won the 2010 general election. The Conservatives did not win because they did not get enough votes.  They did not get enough votes because too many people voted for other parties, especially the Labour Party.  

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Article cites the ESRC-funded British Election Study

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Public sector workers can’t eat their pensions

Public sector workers can’t eat their pensions | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

The public sector strikes are just a foretaste of things to come as any future government tries to solve the problem of the multi-million pound public spending gap

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Article cites a report by the ESRC-funded Institute for Fiscal Studies

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Ukip 'most trusted to deliver for England'

Nigel Farage's Ukip is the most trusted party to argue England's case for reform on how it is governed, according to Scottish researchers.

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Article cites Professor Charlie Jeffery of the ESRC Centre on Constitutional Change at the University of Edinburgh.


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Child poverty levels in UK mapped out by new research

Child poverty levels in UK mapped out by new research | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

One in two children in most deprived areas live below poverty line, while 2.3 million are classified as in relative poverty

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Article cites the ESRC-funded Institute for Fiscal Studies

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How do we live to 100 and enjoy it?

What does it take for us to get to 100 years old? What are our chances of living beyond a century? How do our early years, lifestyle, work and where we live affect our lifespan? These are just some of the questions raised in a new exhibition being taken around the UK by population experts at the University of Southampton.

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The article discusses the flagship event of the 2014 ESRC Festival of Social Science.

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Culture is not a luxury, it is an economy's bread and butter

Culture is not a luxury, it is an economy's bread and butter | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Culture, as described by one celebrated critic, is among the most awkward words in the English language. So it comes as no surprise that cultural value is an ever-elusive, indefinable thing.

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The article refers to work by the Institute for Fiscal Studies, which receives ESRC funding.

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Gabe Chavez's curator insight, October 14, 4:48 PM

I think we just dont understand it. Culture can be one of those things that everyone sorta has different views about it. Culture is whats the US so unique. we have so much immigration that there are so many different types of culture. It makes our societies different and 'one of a kind'. I find a very confusing but interesting thing.

Kortney Renee Honstein's curator insight, October 14, 11:56 PM

Culture is just something we don't find in a lot of places anymore. Although here in the US we tend to find a lot. People immigrate into America and that causes different cultures to come here. We may only pay attention to our culture but I know that we should start looking at other places too. It is important to know other countries culture because it gives us more insight to our own.

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Private sector wages accelerate

Private sector wages accelerate | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Private sector pay packets are on track to rise faster than public sector wages in the next four years, a report suggests.

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The article refers to a study by the Institute for Fiscal Studies, which receives funding from the ESRC.

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An insight into the minds of our future research leaders

An insight into the minds of our future research leaders | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Dr Claudia Hillebrand is a lecturer in intelligence and counter-terrorism in the Department of International Politics at Aberystwyth University. Her research focuses on intelligence and police cooperation across borders. She is now part of a nationwide group of researchers from different subject areas to be awarded a grant by the Economic and Social Research Council, to explore how different transparency arrangements affect issues of privacy, security, surveillance and trust

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Dr Hillebrand is part of the ESRC-funded DATA - PSST! seminar series group.

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David Willetts given fellowship by Academy of Social Sciences

David Willetts given fellowship by Academy of Social Sciences | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Former universities minister David Willetts ranks among “34 leading social scientists” awarded fellowship status by the Academy of Social Sciences.


Among others also honoured were the new University of Leicester vice-chancellor Paul Boyle, an international authority on population and health geography who has led the Economic and Social Research Council for the past four years.

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The article mentions former ESRC Chief Executive Professor Paul Boyle, now vice-chancellor of the University of Leicester.

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The hazards of going to war for profit

The hazards of going to war for profit | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
The privatisation of military force causes problems that can’t be
addressed by regulation alone.
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The author of the article, Professor James Pattison, discusses the findings of his ESRC-funded project: 'The Morality of Private War'.

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Does the age of online education herald the death of academics?

Does the age of online education herald the death of academics? | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

In the mid-1980s as a further education lecturer I was mocked by some more traditional colleagues for using “lantern slides”, their term for the then newfangled technology of the overhead projector, or OHP. These Luddites strutted the corridors with coffee-tinted sheaves of notes stuffed untidily under their arms. They would sweep into the classroom, fling their pencil-written papyri on the lectern and, without so much as a glance at their students, commence reading out loud.

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Article by Chris Hackley, who has received ESRC funding.

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Housework Help

Housework Help | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Academics, unlike housewives, clearly have too much time on their hands. After a detailed study which took some 15 years, they came to the conclusion that the reason women earn less money than men is that they do more housework.  

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The article cites the ESRC-funded British Household Panel Survey, one of the longest running panel surveys in the world.

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Three quarters of UK rail network owned by foreign governments, research reveals

Three quarters of UK rail network owned by foreign governments, research reveals | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Recent research by transport trade union RMT has revealed that three quarters of the rail franchises in the UK are now owned by foreign state-owned or backed

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Article cites a report from the ESRC-funded Centre for Research on Socio-Cultural Change (CRESC)

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Unions must be realistic about the NHS's future

Unions must be realistic about the NHS's future | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Were Unison and other unions to make a pitch for more pay alongside an acceptance that major changes are needed, their demands might be taken more seriously

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Article cites the ESRC-funded Institute for Fiscal Studies

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David Readman's curator insight, October 16, 10:13 AM

It used to be that generous pensions in the public sector had to offset low salaries. That easy distinction has become blurred in recent years however.

Which of us would readily accept below inflation pay increase over a number of years without a serious argument - I know I wouldn't.

What really makes it worse is that it is politicians telling the NHS workers what we can't afford.

It does indeed come down to a question of raising taxes or cutting services

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Renewables Britain: Why the UK isn't green enough

Renewables Britain: Why the UK isn't green enough | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

With only 5 per cent of our energy coming from renewable sources, Britain is falling way behind its international neighbours. Why isnt the renewable energy sector delivering what we need to keep the lights on and make us more sustainable

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Article cites the ESRC Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy

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Disabled pupils behaviour deteriorates at school

Disabled pupils behaviour deteriorates at school | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

The behaviour of children with disabilities and learning difficulties often worsens when they start school, research suggests.

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Article cites the ESRC funded Millenium Cohort Study

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EU, India tie-up for social sciences research

UK’s Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR) on Tuesday launched EU-India Social Sciences and Humanities Platform (EqUIP) to promote research in social sciences and humanities.

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London Mayor Boris Johnson calls for quotas on EU migrants

London Mayor Boris Johnson calls for quotas on EU migrants | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
London Mayor Boris Johnson says quotas for European migrants should be considered by the Conservative party to win back voters. VoR's Juliet Spare reports.
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The article refers to reports from the ESRC-funded Migration Observatory at the University of Oxford.

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“NHS reforms our worst mistake"? Coming from Tories this is too little too late

“NHS reforms our worst mistake"? Coming from Tories this is too little too late | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
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The article refers to figures from the Institute for Fiscal Studies, which receives ESRC funding.

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NHS strike fiasco: Midwives and nurses to walk out

NHS strike fiasco: Midwives and nurses to walk out | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
As 400,000 NHS staff walked out today, union bosses warned it could be the first strike of many this winter unless the Government agrees to a one per cent pay rise for all health workers.
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The article refers to a study by the Institute for Fiscal Studies, which receives funding from the ESRC.

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Funding boost for postgrad studies

Funding boost for postgrad studies | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Students at the University of York have received scholarships to study Masters degrees as part of a new multi-million pound scheme.


Around 68 students have received scholarships as part of the scheme to encourage under-represented groups into postgraduate education.

York is a member of a consortium of six universities - Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle, Sheffield, Warwick and York - which secured £3m funding from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) to develop ways of attracting and supporting disadvantaged students into postgraduate study


Dr Paul Wakeling, a Senior Lecturer in Education at York, who is an expert on access to postgraduate study, is leading the research that will underpin the project at York.


Dr Wakeling is also working on behalf of HEFCE and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) to identify and advise on the emergent findings from the portfolio of 20 projects funded by HEFCE under the Postgraduate Support Scheme.

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The signs are looking good for BSL users

The signs are looking good for BSL users | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
A NEW British Sign Language dictionary has been created based on signs used by deaf people from all over the UK.
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The article discusses the BSL Signbank developed by the ESRC-funded Deafness Cognition and Language (DCAL) Research Centre based at University College London.

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Science communication: could you explain it to your granny?

Science communication: could you explain it to your granny? | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

The art of science communication is to pitch something as complicated as quantum mechanics in a way that is not only engaging but also faithful to the evidence.

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Group director of communications at the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), Russell Grossman, comments on the importance of communicating government-funded science research, referring to ESRC-funded research at Cardiff University.

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