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January to July weather was warmest since records began, Met Office confirms

January to July weather was warmest since records began, Met Office confirms | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Climate change experts have called for greater action to reduce greenhouse gases after the Met Office confirmed Britain had seen the warmest first half of the year since records began

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Artile cites Bob Ward, Policy and Communications Director for the ESRC Centre for Climate Change and Policy (CCCEP)

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Universities that take on less academically able students shouldn't be penalised

Universities that take on less academically able students shouldn't be penalised | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

We know that children from disadvantaged backgrounds benefit from extra help to make sure they hit the same milestones as their peers. We also know that this can make ‘good’ schools fretful about resources and fearful of Ofsted, reluctant to actively recruit the sort of children who might most benefit from their talented teachers.

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This article references the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) study of graduate outcomes. The IFS is funded by the ESRC.

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One in five couples 'close to break up', report finds

One in five couples 'close to break up', report finds | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Nearly three million people in Britain are in "distressed" relationships where they regularly argue or consider divorce, a new report has found.

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Article cites findings from data at the ESRC-funded Understanding Society

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Teenage pregnancies have almost halved in England thanks to sex education

Teenage pregnancies have almost halved in England thanks to sex education | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

A government scheme to tackle teenage pregnancy has proven to be a major success. Rates of teenage pregnancy in some parts of England fell by almost half after the Teenage Pregnancy Strategy (TPS) was introduced in 1999 by the then Labour government, a study has found. 

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Article cites the ESRC-funded National Surveys of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles

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Leaving the EU could lead to two more years of austerity, report warns

Leaving the EU could lead to two more years of austerity, report warns | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
Read Leaving the EU could lead to two more years of austerity, report warns latest on ITV News. All the EU Referendum, Economy news
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The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS), funded by ESRC, said a vote to leave the EU could see public finances hit by between £20 billion and £40 billion in 2019/20, if gross domestic product is 2.1% to 3.5% lower over the period.

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Expect more alarmism in month before Brexit vote on EU

Expect more alarmism in month before Brexit vote on EU | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

A month before the EU referendum, many British voters are angry about the endless negative predictions by both sides. One academic told DW that the whole debate appears to have been devised to spread uncertainty.

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The article provides insight from Iain Begg from the ESRC-funded UK in a Changing Europe initiative

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In or Out? Britain faces vital EU membership vote June 23

In or Out? Britain faces vital EU membership vote June 23 | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

British voters will decide in one month whether or not to deal a historic hammer blow to European integration by putting their island nation on an independent path outside the European Union.

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Anand Menon of the UK in a Changing Europe initiative is quoted.

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MRC announces cross Council awards worth nearly £10m to tackle antibiotic resistance

MRC announces cross Council awards worth nearly £10m to tackle antibiotic resistance | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
Three large collaborative grants, totalling £9.5M, have been announced by the Medical Research Council (MRC) as part of a cross-Council initiative to tackle antimicrobial resistance (AMR).
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The latest round of awards has been funded by the MRC, Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), Economic and Physical Social Research Council (EPSRC) and Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) through the AMR cross-Council initiative, established in 2014 as part of a strategic and co-ordinated effort to address the growing problem head on.

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Dear young people: here's why you need to vote in the EU referendum

Dear young people: here's why you need to vote in the EU referendum | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
Take a break from Glastonbury prep to read this.
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Author Catherine Barnard is a senior fellow in the ESRC's UK in a Changing Europe programme.

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Floating voters may hold key to Britain's EU future

Floating voters may hold key to Britain's EU future | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
Graeme Williams is sure of only one thing as Britain heads for a momentous referendum on whether to stay in the European Union: He hasn't a clue which way to vote.
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Professors Anand Menon and John Curtice of the ESRC-funded UK in a Changing Europe have given their  expert opinions on how the vote could go.

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What would Brexit mean for British trade?

What would Brexit mean for British trade? | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

As an EU member, the UK and companies based here can sell their goods freely to customers anywhere else in the EU without those customers having to pay additional taxes to import those goods.

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Professor Damien Chambers is one of seven research fellows at the ESRC funded UK in a Changing Europe

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Is the wage gap between expats and locals a function of the market – or plain old discrimination?

Is the wage gap between expats and locals a function of the market – or plain old discrimination? | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

According to a recent study by the Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC), a UK governmental body, there is a significant gap in wages in lower-income countries, with expats making 400-900 percent more than their local counterparts.

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This study was funded by the ESRC.

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School careers talks can boost teens' future earning power

School careers talks can boost teens' future earning power | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Attending a careers talk could boost a school pupil’s future salary by thousands.

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Article cites the ESRC-funded British Cohort Study

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Uses data from the ESRC funded British Cohort Studies

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Ethnic minorities could hold key to Britain's EU vote 

Ethnic minorities could hold key to Britain's EU vote  | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Britain's ethnic minorities could hold the key to deciding the outcome to the June 23 referendum on membership of the European Union, with non-white voters strongly in support of staying in the bloc, according to a survey. 

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Article cites the ESRC-funded British Election Study

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Career talks at the age of 14 are the most effective, new data analysis suggests

Career talks at the age of 14 are the most effective, new data analysis suggests | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Fourteen is the crucial age at which career talks delivered at school – even short, hour-long sessions – will have the biggest impact on a pupil’s future earnings, analysis has shown.

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This article references the ESRC funded British Cohort Study.

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This article references the ESRC funded British Cohort Study. Find out more about career options and advice on education v employment with our schools resources.

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EU referendum: How much does the UK contribute to the EU budget?

EU referendum: How much does the UK contribute to the EU budget? | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Statisticians have fired another shot in the war with Brexit campaigners over how much the UK contributes to the European Union - with an online calculator.

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Article cites the ESRC-funded Institute for Fiscal Studies

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How money could make couples happier – but more likely to split 

How money could make couples happier – but more likely to split  | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Money can help make marriages more stable but also make couples more likely to get divorced, new research suggests.

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Article cites findings from data at the ESRC-funded Understanding Society

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Fifth of UK couples close to break-up - Relate study

Fifth of UK couples close to break-up - Relate study | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
Almost one in five (18%) of couples in the UK argue regularly or consider separating, a study suggests.
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Researchers looked at data from the Understanding Society survey (funded by the ESRC) of 20,980 people which asked people how often they argued, how frequently they considered divorce and regretted the relationship, and the extent of their unhappiness.

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Reality Check: Would Brexit add two years to austerity? - BBC News

Reality Check: Would Brexit add two years to austerity? - BBC News | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
The IFS releases a report suggesting that the UK leaving the EU could lead to austerity being extended by two years. Is it right?
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The IFS is funded by the ESRC.

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EU referendum: Polls reveal divided nation

EU referendum: Polls reveal divided nation | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
EU referendum opinion polls reveal deep divisions between the generations, writes Prof John Curtice.
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Professor John Curtice from The UK in a Changing Europe programme writes for the BBC. 

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Innovations are needed if Big Data is to boost jobs, says new research

Phenomenal quantities of valuable data are now being collected and created by UK businesses but much of its commercial potential remains untapped.

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These are the key findings from an investigation carried out by Imperial College Business School with funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

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I’m in my 30s and too young to lose my sex drive

I’m in my 30s and too young to lose my sex drive | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
If you have any issues at all with sexual function, tell your GP.
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Ten years ago the average sexual frequency for men and women aged between 16 and 44 was 6.3 and 6.2 times a month respectively. 

Data from the most recent British National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles, funded by the ESRC, shows that by 2013 those figures had dropped to 4.9 and 4.8 times a month.

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Boost for Brexit campaigners as figures show record 2.1m EU nationals working in UK

The number of EU nationals working in Britain now stands at a record 2.1 million, according to statistics from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) released on 9 May.

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Professor John van Reenen, director of the ESSRC funded Centre for Economic Performance

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Bookies lengthen odds on a Leave vote but it’s a mixed bag of results from the pollsters

Bookies lengthen odds on a Leave vote but it’s a mixed bag of results from the pollsters | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Britain's pollsters are facing a bit of a puzzler ahead of the EU referendum on June 23.

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Professor John Curtice is Senior Research Fellow at NatCen Social Research which is funded by the ESRC

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Law graduates face huge gulf in pay levels

Junior doctors have taken to the picket lines in a pitched battle with ministers over contracts for weekend working, but here’s an odd thing — when it comes to starting salaries, at least

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Article cites the ESRC-funded Institute for Fiscal Studies

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Scholars support UN Refugee Global Compact: open letter

The EU is creating an ever-growing population of illegally
detained refugees, including vulnerable men, women and children, who are forced to live in appalling conditions and without recourse to justice.

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An open letter from the ESRC Mediterranean Migration Research Programme

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