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Cuts have hit disabled people harder, says equality watchdog report

Disabled people have been hit disproportionately hard by the government's welfare reforms, a new report published by the equality watchdog has confirmed.
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Article mentions a report from the ESRC-funded National Institute of Economic and Social Research.

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Attacks on UN schools in Gaza clearly breach international law

Attacks on UN schools in Gaza clearly breach international law | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

The shelling of Jabalia Elementary Girls' School in Gaza on July 30 by Israeli forces was a shocking example of modern military action. The shelling was the sixth time a United Nations school has been struck since the current hostilities began.

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Author Alan Smith, UNESCO Chair in Education at the University of Ulster, has held research funding from the ESRC.

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Health News - Goalkeepers prone to ‘gambler’s fallacy’ but penalty takers fail to exploit it

Health News - Goalkeepers prone to ‘gambler’s fallacy’ but penalty takers fail to exploit it | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

After a string of penalties aimed in the same direction, goalkeepers are more likely to dive in the opposite direction on the next penalty but kickers fail to exploit this pattern, finds new UCL research.

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This research was supported by the ESRC.

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Leaflets on referendum issues will be sent out to Scottish voters

Leaflets on referendum issues will be sent out to Scottish voters | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Guides from the Scottish and UK government will be sent out, and an e-book is available for undecided voters.

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The article mentioned a new e-book from the ESRC's Future of UK and Scotland programme.

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Battle for Scotland is ‘still too close to call’

Battle for Scotland is ‘still too close to call’ | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
THE campaign to save the United Kingdom from the threat of independence yesterday received a timely warning from a leading academic.

Via Centre on Constitutional Change
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 Arkadiusz Wisniowski's  Future of the UK and Scotland work for the ESRC Centre for Population Change is cited. 

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Centre on Constitutional Change's curator insight, August 1, 2014 5:08 AM

 Arkadiusz Wisniowski's  Future of the UK and Scotland work for the ESRC Centre for Population Change is cited here. 

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Migrant Birth Boom in Armagh

Births to foreign nationals in the Armagh District rocketed by almost 450 per cent over the course of a decade, 

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The article cites data from Oxford University's Migration Observatory which is part-funded by the ESRC.

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Oxford to Yemen: from literary scholar to tribal adviser

Oxford to Yemen: from literary scholar to tribal adviser | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
Elisabeth Kendall’s work on jihadist poetry led to tribespeople seeking her expertise
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Elisabeth Kendall was the director of the Centre for the Advanced Study of the Arab World from 2008 to 2010. CASAW was founded through ESRC-funding. 

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Trust in minority communities to be researched

A University of Aberdeen researcher has received funding to study the ways that trust is formed and lost in minority communities impacted by high levels of digital and social exclusion.
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Dr Karen Salt has received the funding from the ESRC as part of our commissioning process for projects exploring the theme of Empathy and Trust in Communicating ONline (EMoTICON).

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Goalkeepers suffer from 'gambler’s fallacy' during shoot-outs

Goalkeepers suffer from 'gambler’s fallacy' during shoot-outs | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
If someone tossed a coin and got heads three times in a row, and then asked you to place a bet on the outcome of the fourth toss, what would you put your money on; heads or tails?
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This article cites a study by two ESRC-funded researchers. Erman Misirlisoy was supported by an ESRC Studentship, and an ESRC/ESF collaboration grant with Professor Patrick Haggard (RES-062-23-2183).  Professor Haggard was further supported by and ESRC Professorial Fellowship (ES/J023140/1), and by an ERC Advanced Grant (HUMVOL).

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ESRC Internship with Scottish Government, 2014

Blog: This is an incredibly exciting time for politics in Scotland and I recently had an opportunity to work at the centre of this thanks to a funded ESRC student Internship with the Scottish Government.

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All-in-one energy system offers greener power for off-grid homes and farms

An innovative 'trigeneration' system fueled entirely by raw plant oils could have great potential for isolated homes and businesses operating outside grid systems both in the UK and abroad.


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Article cites the RCUK Energy Programme, which receives funding from the ESRC

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David Cameron hints at plans to raise the 40p tax threshold

David Cameron hints at plans to raise the 40p tax threshold | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

The Conservatives will promise a tax cut for middle-income professionals in next year’s general election manifesto, David Cameron has signalled.

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The article cites the Institute for Fiscal Studies which is funded by the ESRC.

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The Tories think he's their secret weapon – but they could regret underestimating Ed Balls

The Tories think he's their secret weapon – but they could regret underestimating Ed Balls | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Ministers, Lord Adonis always says, should have projects. It makes for better government. Opposition frontbenchers, however, should avoid them. They make for bad headlines. 

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Does an Improved Quality of Life Always Lead to LGBTQ Rights?

Does an Improved Quality of Life Always Lead to LGBTQ Rights? | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Earlier this month, the Overseas Development Institute held a conversation on LGBTQ rights and international aid. The most surprising statement came from former Ghanaian Minister of Information Elizabeth Ohene, who opposed LGBTQ rights in international aid by using a specious overgeneralization. 

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The article quotes figures from the ESRC-funded European Social Survey.

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How gaming behaviour can spill over into real life

How gaming behaviour can spill over into real life | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
These phenomena tend to occur when video game players become so immersed in their gaming that, when they stop playing, they sometimes transfer some of their virtual gaming experiences to the real world.
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Author Dr Mark Griffiths has received research funding from a wide range of organisations including the Economic and Social Research Council.

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Booklet sets out key debate issues

Booklet sets out key debate issues | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

With just weeks to go until Scotland's historic independence referendum, new leaflets and information booklets are being made available to help voters north of the border make up their minds.


A new e-book has been launched today, featuring contributions from leading academics who have been examining key issues in the debate.

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The article reports on the new e-book launched by ESRC's Future of UK and Scotland programme.

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Jobs and health highlighted in shock coalfield report

Coalfield areas are a crumbling mess and lagging behind the rest of the UK, a shock report has revealed.

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The article quotes Professor Steve Fothergill from Sheffield Hallam University's Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research which is funded by the ESRC. 

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Ideology: the enemy of a sane funding system

Ideology: the enemy of a sane funding system | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

David Willetts did much while he was minister for universities and science, but one thing he did not manage was to create a sustainable basis for funding higher education.

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The article cites the Institute for Fiscal Studies which is funded by the ESRC.

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Nationalists 'scaremonger' a No vote ends Scottish NHS

Nationalists 'scaremonger' a No vote ends Scottish NHS | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Alistair Carmichael, the Scottish Secretary, attacks the Yes Scotland campaign over claims that rejecting independence would "threaten the very existence of the NHS in Scotland as we know it.

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The article cites studies by the Institute for Fiscal Studies which is funded by the ESRC.

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Independence vote ‘too close to call’

Independence vote ‘too close to call’ | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
THE result of the Scottish independence referendum is “still too close to call”, according to an academic’s study of the polling data ahead of September’s vote.
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Arkadiusz Wisniowski is involved in the work of the ESRC Centre for Population Change, which has collected all polling data about the referendum so far.

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RSS fellow appointed as new ESRC chief executive

RSS fellow appointed as new ESRC chief executive | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
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Professor Jane Elliott, currently director of the Centre for Longitudinal Studies and of the CLOSER (Cohorts and Longitudinal Studies Enhancement Resources) programme at the Institute of Education, London has been announced as the next chief executive and deputy chair of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), as of 1 October 2014.

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Scottish Independence: Lloyds Undertakes 'Yes Vote' Contingency Plan to Protect 16,000 Staff

Scottish Independence: Lloyds Undertakes 'Yes Vote' Contingency Plan to Protect 16,000 Staff | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Lloyds Banking Group has revealed a contingency plan to protect the business and thousands of its Scotland-based employees in the event that voters opt for independence.

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Goalkeepers' penalty 'flaw' revealed

Goalkeepers' penalty 'flaw' revealed | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Goalkeepers facing penalty shoot-outs make a predictable error that could influence the outcome say researchers.

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This article cites a study by two ESRC-funded researchers. Erman Misirlisoy was supported by an ESRC Studentship, and an ESRC/ESF collaboration grant with Professor Patrick Haggard (RES-062-23-2183).  Professor Haggard was further supported by and ESRC Professorial Fellowship (ES/J023140/1), and by an ERC Advanced Grant (HUMVOL).

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Olivia Donkus's curator insight, October 31, 2014 11:38 AM

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Scottish independence vote is too close to call

Scottish independence vote is too close to call | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Despite polling pointing towards a victory for the No campaign in Scotland, our forecasting model suggests that the result is still too close to call.

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Article cites research from the the Future of the UK and Scotland at the ESRC Research Centre for Population Change

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Aberdeen researcher to examine trust within minority communties

Aberdeen researcher to examine trust within minority communties | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

A University of Aberdeen researcher has received funding to study the ways that trust is formed and lost in minority communities by high levels of digital and social exclusion.

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Dr Karen Salt has received funding from the ESRC for projects exploring the theme of Empathy and Trust in Communicating Online (EMoTICON).

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