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Economist finds formula for the ‘perfect ask’ in online fundraising

Going it alone and setting targets are part of the 'perfect ask' fundraising formula to generate the most online donations for charity events, according to research.

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This article cites research by the ESRC-funded Centre for Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy at the University of Warwick.

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Schools told: cash bribes 'fail to improve GCSE grades'

Schools told: cash bribes 'fail to improve GCSE grades' | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
A study by the Education Endowment Foundation finds that the use of cash incentives for pupils ultimately fails to improve their GCSE grades in English, maths or science
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The article cites research by the Education Endowment Foundation which has been evaluated by the ESRC-funded Institute for Fiscal Studies.

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Trust me: Labour and the Conservatives have laid out their plans to help squeezed Britons

As Britain’s party-conference season nears its end it is clear that the economy will dominate campaigning ahead of the May 2015 general election. 

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The article cites the ESRC-funded Institute for Fiscal Studies.

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Employing private security companies in war cuts costs but causes problems

New research from The University of Manchester is examining whether employing private security companies in war cuts costs but causes problems.

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The article cites ESRC-funded research by Dr James Pattison at the University of Manchester

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The Conservative party would have us believe that the poor deserve to be punished

The Conservative party would have us believe that the poor deserve to be punished | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

When George Osborne announced a further reduction in welfare payments, this was the situation facing the nation’s poor. About 5.5m adults go without essential clothing. Around 2.5m children live in homes that are damp. Around 1.5m children live in households that cannot afford to heat their home. More than one in five adults have had to borrow in the last year to pay for day-to-day needs.

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Article cites the ESRC-funded Poverty and Social Exclusion project

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The case for working mothers: your kids will be just fine

The case for working mothers: your kids will be just fine | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Can women have it all? Children of working mothers are no more likely to smoke, have low self-esteem, feel dissatisfied with life or leave education at the age of 16, a new study finds

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Article cites findings from the ESRC-funded British Household Panel Survey

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Poor design of business rates system affects employment rates, leaders claim

Poor design of business rates system affects employment rates, leaders claim | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Conservative conference: British Chamber of Commerce warns troubled rates regime is ‘real issue affecting real people’

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BSL SignBank: The first usage-based sign language dictionary

Now anyone with an interest in British Sign Language (BSL) will have access to the first ever usage-based dictionary created at one of the world’s leading research Universities

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Article cites the ESRC-funded Deafness Cognition and Language (DCAL) Research Centre

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Family Breakups; Women and Children Hit Hardest.

Family Breakups; Women and Children Hit Hardest. | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Women and children are hit hardest following the breakdown of a relationship, with research showing that one in five mothers falls into poverty following a split.

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Artilce cites research by the Institute for Social and Economic Research which receives funding from the ESRC

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Osborne Bets on Credibility With Harder Welfare Stance

Osborne Bets on Credibility With Harder Welfare Stance | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne pledged to squeeze benefits for 10 million families in a gamble that his Conservative Party’s toughening economic stance will win him credibility with voters.

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BBC - Blogs - The Radio 4 Blog - My Nights In With the Prof

BBC - Blogs - The Radio 4 Blog - My Nights In With the Prof | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

In a new Radio 4 drama, Andrew Scott plays an earnest statistician who falls in love with an impulsive photographer.


Here, the writer of the story, Charlotte Bogard Macleod, reveals how the inspiration for Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight began.

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The blog refers to data from the NATSAL survey as a 'a proper scientific source [...] of what people get up to and their attitudes' with regards to sex.

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Longer Work Hours Linked With Higher Diabetes Risk

Longer Work Hours Linked With Higher Diabetes Risk | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Working overtime may result in a bigger paycheck, but it may also be linked with serious health problems.

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The study was part-funded by the Economic and Social Research Council.

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UK, SA launch multimillion-rand research and innovation partnership

South Africa and the UK have launched a multimillion-rand fund to spark more innovation, science and technology in South Africa and more widely across sub-Saharan Africa. The governments of the UK and South Africa, as well as private companies and nongovernmental organisations have committed R140-million a year to the UK-South Africa Newton Fund. A memorandum of understanding has been signed for the first three years of the programme.
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UK, SA launch multimillion-rand research and innovation partnership

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Third of countries struggling to meet the needs of ageing population

Third of countries struggling to meet the needs of ageing population | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

People around the world are living longer, but social policies to support their wellbeing in later life are lagging behind in many countries.

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This article cites an ESRC grant that has been awarded to the University of Southampton to conduct an in-depth analysis into the four most populous countries in the Global AgeWatch Index: China, India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.

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Labour mansion tax could force thousands out of their homes

Labour mansion tax could force thousands out of their homes | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Thousands of hard-working families across Camden could be forced to pay £12,000 a year or sell their homes should ­Labour come to power.

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Five tax stings you need to know about

Five tax stings you need to know about | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
As the Tories promise to lift 800,000 out of the 40p tax rate, we look at five more tax traps set by the state
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David Cameron's tax cut is more about politics than economics

David Cameron's tax cut is more about politics than economics | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

The prime minister’s big announcement in his final party conference speech before the general election was an increase in tax thresholds but with the changes to be introduced by 2020 and details vague, the impact could end up being minimal.

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Article cites the ESRC-funded Institute for Fiscal Studies

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Conservative Party Conference: as it happened

Conservative Party Conference: as it happened | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

David Cameron pledges to rise the 40p tax threshold to help millions of people including teachers, police officers and nurses

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Article cites the ESRC-funded Institute for Fiscal Studies

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UK Immigration: Firms with EU Workers Are More Likely to Report Growth

UK Immigration: Firms with EU Workers Are More Likely to Report Growth | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

The CIPD says employers have been turning to EU migrants to fill vacancies.

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Article cites The Migration Observatory which is based at the ESRC Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS) at the University of Oxford.

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'I'll put more cash into NHS if we win election' says Cameron

'I'll put more cash into NHS if we win election' says Cameron | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

David Cameron will use his final party conference speech before the General Election to pledge a ‘ringfence’ of the NHS’s vast budget until 2020, placing him squarely on Labour territory.

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Article cites the ESRC-funded Institute for Fiscal Studies

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Sex Therapy: Stop Trying to Be ‘normal’

Yesterday The Observer published its special issue on sex. Based on their survey of British sexual attitudes and practices, the issue contains several interesting articles about current understandings and expectations around sex.

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Article cites findings from the ESRC-funded National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles (NATSAL)


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Tory benefits freeze plan will increase poverty

Tory benefits freeze plan will increase poverty | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Charities working with people in poverty say Conservative plans to freeze benefits will have far reaching negative impacts

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

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Pressure to be 'professional parents' driving middle class mothers to exhaustion

Pressure to be 'professional parents' driving middle class mothers to exhaustion | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
Middle class mothers are driving themselves to exhaustion trying to hold down jobs while facing a growing obligation to ensure their children attend extra-curricular activities, a new study warns
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The article reports on an ESRC-funded study at Loughborough University.

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Obese teenage boys could be paid 18 percent less once they enter job market

Obese teenage boys could be paid 18 percent less once they enter job market | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
Men who are already obese as teenagers could grow up to earn up to 18 percent less than their peers of normal weight.
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The article cites data from the National Child Development Study from the ESRC-funded Centre for Longitudinal Studies.

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Brits lost faith in benefits due to Blair

The exact moment that the British public lost its faith in the benefits system has been pinpointed by researchers.

Former prime minister Tony Blair’s famous pronouncement in 1999 that welfare should be “a hand-up, not a hand-out” in reference to Labour’s New Deal policies coincided with a fundamental change in public attitudes towards benefits claimants, according to a paper published today by academics at the University of Bristol.

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The article discusses ESRC-funded research based at the University of Bristol, based on the British Social Attitudes survey.

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