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Greening pledges grammar 'meritocracy'

Greening pledges grammar 'meritocracy' | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

A new generation of grammar schools will improve access to good school places, Education Secretary Justine Greening tells MPs.

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The piece includes insight from a new report by the ESRC-funded Institute for Fiscal Studies

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Theresa May's grammar school plans are under threat

Theresa May's grammar school plans are under threat | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Opposition to new grammar schools is growing among Conservative MPs, threatening Theresa May with possible defeat over her first flagship policy.

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The article includes reference to a new report from the ESRC-funded Institute for Fiscal Studies

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Horizon: the Science of Laughter

Horizon: the Science of Laughter | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Jimmy Carr looks at what laughter is, why we enjoy it and what it has to do with comedy.

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Professor Sophie Scott speaks to Horizon about her ESRC-funded research which suggests that all humans share basic emotions such as amusement, anger, fear and sadness – and vocalise them in similar ways.

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Why savers are more likely to be slim

Why savers are more likely to be slim | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Researchers at Newcastle University studied the health records of more than 15,000 people and found that the differences were more pronounced in women than men.

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The results come from a study of the health records of 15,591 Britons from the 2010-11 Understanding Society survey.

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Body image and societal pressure leaves girls less happy

Body image and societal pressure leaves girls less happy | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Societal pressures, social media and concern about body image may all contribute to girls being less happy in schools than boys, new research has found.

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Wales Institute for Social and Economic Research, Data and Methods (WISERD) is funded by the ESRC.

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Need-based mapping project brings change in Delhi communities

Need-based mapping project brings change in Delhi communities | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
Children and young people in Delhi have helped design an innovative smartphone app for mapping urban life aimed at initiating change in communities by identifying basic needs like toilets.
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The University of Birmingham and Humara Bachpan Campaign (HBC) have collaborated for the project, funded by UK-based Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), that aims to map urban life in Delhi.

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#RU2Drunk scheme launches in Weymouth to cut drink-related crime

#RU2Drunk scheme launches in Weymouth to cut drink-related crime | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
​A scheme to cut alcohol-related crime is being launched in Weymouth with revellers suspected of being drunk having to be breathalysed before getting in to clubs and pubs. #RU2Drunk begin
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#RU2Drunk is a joint effort from Dorset Police, the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) and Weymouth Business Improvement District (BID). University of Exeter sociologists, Katharine Boyd and Hannah Farrimond, are leading an evaluation of #RU2Drunk in Weymouth with funding from the Economic and Social Research Council Impact Acceleration Account (ESRC-IAA).

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So, what does Brexit mean?

So, what does Brexit mean? | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Theresa May is wise to play the long game when it comes to negotiating the UK's exit from the EU.

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Article written by Professor Anand Menon, Director of the ESRC-funded UK in a Changing Europe initiative

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Young people's mapping project instigates change in Delhi communities

Young people's mapping project instigates change in Delhi communities | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Children and young people in Delhi have helped to design an innovative smartphone app as part of a research project that is helping to change lives in their communities.

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The University of Birmingham and Humara Bachpan Campaign (HBC) are collaborating on this ESRC-funded project that aims to map urban life in Delhi.

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Looking glass world of work

Looking glass world of work | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
Your employer offers you extra hours but the job centre demands you go to an appointment otherwise you’ll lose your in-work benefits.
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Article looks at ESRC-funded research led by Professor Peter Dwyer. 

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'I thought maybe if I just disappear it would be better': Why people go missing

'I thought maybe if I just disappear it would be better': Why people go missing | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

From a worker who went missing from his office at lunch to a mum who walked out of the family home, a new report looks at what makes people disappear.

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This research by Professor Hester Parr at the University of Glasgow, is funded by the ESRC.

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British pig industry focus of new multi-million research project

British pig industry focus of new multi-million research project | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

More than £2 million has been awarded to scientists at the University of Lincoln to lead the most comprehensive study of the British pig industry ever conducted.

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PIGSustain: predicting the impacts of intensification and future changes on UK pig industry resilience is part of the Global Food Security programme; with funding from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and Scottish Government.

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Would Scotland vote to leave the UK if there was an independence referendum tomorrow?

Would Scotland vote to leave the UK if there was an independence referendum tomorrow? | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
THE SNP has raised the spectre of another referendum on Scottish independence. But would the Scottish people vote to break up the UK?
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Professor John Curtice, of the UK in a Changing Europe programme, said that the SNP has signalled that it would like to see at least 60% support in the polls before holding a referendum. 

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Money savers are more likely to be slim: 'Instant gratification' causes bigger waistlines

Money savers are more likely to be slim: 'Instant gratification' causes bigger waistlines | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

People who save are more likely to be slim than those who spend more, according to a study.

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The study mentioned in the article is the ESRC-funded Understanding Society

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Children who use social media for three hours a night more fed up with how they look

Children who use social media for three hours a night more fed up with how they look | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Children who are heavy users of social media are unhappier about their appearance than those who never use sites such as Facebook and Twitter, according to a leading study supported by the Government.

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The findings are based on data from the ESRC-funded Understanding Society study

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Children who use social media for three hours a night more fed up with how they look

Children who use social media for three hours a night more fed up with how they look | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Children who are heavy users of social media are unhappier about their appearance than those who never use sites such as Facebook and Twitter, according to a leading study supported by the Government.

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Universal credit is undeliverable: but who'll tell ministers the truth?

Universal credit is undeliverable: but who'll tell ministers the truth? | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

The Tories’ flagship welfare reform has been bedevilled by their determination to make the poor suffer

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The Institute for Fiscal Studies report 'Universal credit cuts support for working families, but helps make work pay where current system creates worst problems' is referenced in this article. The IFS is funded by ESRC.

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Did grammar schools help social mobility?

Did grammar schools help social mobility? | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

The argument for expanding grammar schools in England makes two big claims - that it will improve choice for families and support social mobility.

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This article refers to a study undertaken by the ESRC funded Institute for Fiscal Studies

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The longer term impact of mothers' malnutrition on babies

The longer term impact of mothers' malnutrition on babies | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

As the Second World War drew to a close, the German army effectively blockaded parts of the Netherlands. Food supplies dried up and calorie intake fell to 600 per day in some areas. People starved - the only example of a widespread famine in 20th century Europe. Babies born to mothers who were pregnant during the famine tended to have a low birth weight. And those children, as they grew up, had more health problems than those in the womb before and after the famine. That in itself isn't surprising. But what is surprising is that many of the ill-effects took decades to emerge.

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Professor Sonia Bhalotra, Professor of Economics at the ESRC-funded Institute for Social and Economic Research, was interviewed for the recent BBC Radio 4 Programme Down the Generations about her research into the longer term impacts of maternal malnutrition on childen’s health and life outcomes. Listen to her from 20 minutes onward.

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Can the open hardware revolution help to democratise technology?

Can the open hardware revolution help to democratise technology? | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
Adrian Smith and Mariano Fressoli: A fast-growing open hardware movement is creating ingenious versions of all sorts of technologies, and freely sharing them through social media.
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Article written by Professor Adrian Smith,  member of the ESRC STEPS centre

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Independent Scotland 'could not have free trade with both UK and EU' if hard Brexit

Independent Scotland 'could not have free trade with both UK and EU' if hard Brexit | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

An independent Scotland would face a choice between free trade with the EU or the UK but could not have both 

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Article cites Professor Michael Keating, Director of the ESRC-funded Centre on Constitutional Change

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Majority trust inspectors to make food safe - survey

Majority trust inspectors to make food safe - survey | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
Almost 70% of people trust food inspectors “a great deal” or “quite a lot” to make sure food is safe, according to a survey.
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This research was funded by the ESRC and Food Standards Agency under the Global Food Security Programme.

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This article covers research which uses data held by the UK Data Service.

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Lincoln scientists lead £2 million study into pigs

Lincoln scientists lead £2 million study into pigs | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

More than £2 million will help Lincoln scientists go the whole hog in a study of the British pig industry.

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PIGSustain: predicting the impacts of intensification and future changes on UK pig industry resilience is part of the Global Food Security programme; with funding from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and Scottish Government.

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The higher salary that a degree normally confers may be over

The higher salary that a degree normally confers may be over | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
I was one of the lucky few. Being born in the late 1960s, I had merely about a one in eight chance of going to university, indeed rather less than that in the school I went to. As we graduate
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Paul Johnson, Director of the ESRC-funded Institute for Fiscal Studies, writes in The Times.

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Missing Migrants in the Mediterranean: Addressing the Humanitarian Crisis

Missing Migrants in the Mediterranean: Addressing the Humanitarian Crisis | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

In 2015 and the first half of 2016, over 6,600 refugees and migrants drowned or went missing in the Mediterranean after their boats capsized while trying to reach Europe. The crisis is ongoing. A new report: Missing Migrants in the Mediterranean: Addressing the Humanitarian Crisis, authored by the University of York, City University London and IOM’s Global Migration Data Analysis Centre in Berlin, shows that many of the bodies are never identified, and families at home face never finding out what has happened to their loved ones. .

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This study is part of the ESRC's Mediterranean Migration Research Programme.

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