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Photographic exhibition at Durham's World Heritage site places spotlight on Cairo's tentmakers' bazaar

Photographic exhibition at Durham's World Heritage site places spotlight on Cairo's tentmakers' bazaar | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

A FASCINATING insight into the tentmakers' bazaar in Cairo is revealed in a new exhibition in Durham. The exhibition is presented by the Centre for the Advanced Study of the Arab World as part of a larger project on the social history of the tentmakers.

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The Centre for the Advanced Study of the Arab World receives funding from ESRC.

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People don’t save enough for retirement because they live longer than they think they will, research finds

People don’t save enough for retirement because they live longer than they think they will, research finds | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
People live longer than they think they will, potentially harming their ability to save adequately for their retirement, new research has found.
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This research was carried out by the Institute for Fiscal Studies, which is funded by the ESRC,

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Up to 100,000 children to miss out on free school meals because of government threshold, study finds

Up to 100,000 children to miss out on free school meals because of government threshold, study finds | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Up to 100,000 children from low-income families will lose out on free school meals because of the government’s method for setting the threshold at which pupils qualify, a new study has found.

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This study was published by the ESRC-funded Institute for Fiscal Studies.

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Teenager’s photo of Holocaust memorial wins national award

Teenager’s photo of Holocaust memorial wins national award | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

A photograph of a Berlin Holocaust memorial by an Essex schoolboy has won a national award.

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The image, entitled Memorial Remembers, won the prize in the social media category of the 2018 Bigger Picture awards, run by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

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Schools in South African region issued sanitary products to help boost class attendance

Schools in South African region issued sanitary products to help boost class attendance | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

The province of KwaZulu-Natal in the capital city of Pietermaritzburg in South Africa has issued sanitary napkins to  girls to boost their class attendance. According to UNESCO, one in 10 girls in sub-Saharan Africa misses school during their period, while others lose 20 percent of their education making them more likely to drop out of school.

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The sanitary products have been provided as part of an ESRC-funded project called “Menstruation and the Cycle of Poverty,” in collaboration with the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) University of London in Ghana and the Kumali district of Uganda.

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The province of KwaZulu-Natal in the capital of Pietermaritzburg in South Africa has been providing menstruating school girls with free sanitary pads. “Each learner will receive a pack each month, either from the school principal or a school-based official,” a school circular explained to eNCA. Other African nations such as Botswana and Kenya had began the idea of the program but have yet to be implement permanent program. Test trials in which these feminine products were taught to the students, and students were given lessons on Puberty - have been conducted by the Economic and Social Research Council as part of a project called “Menstruation and the Cycle of Poverty.” Menstruation is often seen as a taboo subject in many African countries. Lack of access to hygienic products can cause girls to miss out on a large amount of schooling. According to UNESCO, one in ten girls in sub-Saharan Africa misses school during their period while others lose 20% causing them to dropout of school completely. 

 This helped me better understand Africa by providing me with information about how the school dealt with problems concerning menstruation. I understand that Menstruation might be seen as a taboo subject in some countries (such as Africa), however, having students miss out on education is a very big problem. Every kid should receive as much education as possible and I think that it’s very reasonable for schools in Africa to provide free sanitary pads. This also made me realize how much African nations valued education, even if the subject was seen as a taboo, the school was still willing to teach their students about menstruation. Based on the information given, I was left with the impression that the school had dealt with the problem in a very serious and efficient way.
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Twice as many girls using social media for more than three hours a day

Twice as many girls using social media for more than three hours a day | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
They use social media far more than boys on average.
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The data was collected from the ESRC-funded Understanding Society, the UK household longitudinal study.

The figures were based on a survey of 4,410 children in 2011/12 and 3,616 in 2015/16.

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How employers can boost social mobility by changing the way they recruit

How employers can boost social mobility by changing the way they recruit | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
Education is not the only way to tackle social mobility, employers also have a key role to play.
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Author Matt Dickson is currently working on projects funded by the Economic and Social Research Council.

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Devon students from the same college shine at national photography competition

Devon students from the same college shine at national photography competition | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Two students from the same school have been awarded prizes at a prestigious national photography competition for young people aged 14-18.

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South Devon College students Gemma Espinosa and Virag-Angyalka Kiss have won prizes in the Economic and Social Research Council’s ‘The Bigger Picture’ photographic competition for their take on the modern world.

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United action required to attract women to UK IT leadership

United action required to attract women to UK IT leadership | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

A research project by the Open University finds continuing barriers to women being better represented in highly-skilled positions in UK IT.

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The Economic and Social Research Council (ESCRC)-funded project - 'Gender, Skilled Migration and IT industry: a comparative study of India and the UK' - compared the profiles of the IT industry in UK with those in India.

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Poor children in Britain now fatter than wealthy in dramatic reversal 

Poor children in Britain now fatter than wealthy in dramatic reversal  | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
Poor children in Britain are now fatter than wealthy youngsters demonstrating a total reversal in the weight of the two social classes over the past 70 years.
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Traditionally, poverty has been associated with malnutrition and thinnness. But a new study by the ESRC-funded Centre for Longitudinal Studies, which compared children today to those born in the 1940s, 50s and 70s, has found a dramatic switch.

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Interest rate rises 'can harm' mental health, Stirling University study finds

Interest rate rises 'can harm' mental health, Stirling University study finds | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it


Researchers from the University of Stirling have warned that interest rate hikes can damage the mental health of people in debt.

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Funded by the Economic and Social Research Council and published in the Journal of Affective Disorders, the study found that for each one per cent increase in interest rates, there was a 2.6 per cent increase in the incidence of mental health issues experienced by those heavily in debt.

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Great Famine's impact illustrated by interactive map

Great Famine's impact illustrated by interactive map | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
A new interactive map charting the devastating impact of the Great Famine at local level in Ireland has been developed.
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The interactive map was developed as part of ESRC-funded research by Dr Alan Fernihough, a lecturer in economics in Queen's University Belfast. He used census data from 1841 and 1851 along with the Poor Law Commissioner’s Reports.

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Researchers issue a call to arms against fake news

Researchers issue a call to arms against fake news | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

As the United States continues to grapple with fake news disseminated during the lead-up to the 2016 presidential election, a new study urges journalists, academics and tech companies to examine and combat such misinformation campaigns.

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The research was funded by the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and the Economic and Social Research Council.

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Workers dragged beneath poverty line by low wages

Workers dragged beneath poverty line by low wages | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
Britain is experiencing an epidemic of in-work poverty as weak wage growth and part-time jobs have left many of those in employment struggling.Analysis by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) found that 57 per cent of Britons in poverty live in a household where someone is in work, up from 35 per
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Analysis by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) found that 57 per cent of Britons in poverty live in a household where someone is in work, up from 35 per cent in 1995.

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Bedtime: How going to sleep at irregular times could be harmful to kids

Bedtime: How going to sleep at irregular times could be harmful to kids | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Research has pointed to that it is not just the amount of sleep a child gets which matters. According to a large study carried out by UCL’s International Centre for Lifecourse Studies, which has followed the lives of some 20,000 children since the turn of the century, it looks like just as important as sleep is having a regular bedtime throughout the first decade of a child's life.

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International Centre for Lifecourse Studies is funded by the ESRC.

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Sugar tax: Will paying more for fizzy drinks and alcohol make us healthier?

Sugar tax: Will paying more for fizzy drinks and alcohol make us healthier? | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
The price of some unhealthy drinks is about to go up - in the hope that we will make "better" choices.
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This piece is written by Kate Smith, Senior Research Economist, at the Institute for Fiscal Studies - funded by the ESRC.

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Seven winners from Twyford C of E reflect society today in pictures

Seven winners from Twyford C of E reflect society today in pictures | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Seven students from the same Acton school won prizes in a national photography competition for people aged 14-18.

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Holly Humphrey, Soren Harrison, Olivia England, Florence Noon, Olivia Fernandes, Shaheena Uddin and Julia Koutas, from Twyford C of E High School , were all winners in the Economic and Social Research Council’s photographic competition, The Bigger Picture.

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Grammar school success 'down to privilege' - study

Grammar school success 'down to privilege' - study | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
Grammar schools achieve better results only because of more able, wealthier pupils, a study suggests.
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Teenagers explore a changing world with their camera

Teenagers explore a changing world with their camera | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
A pictorial record of how the modern world is shaping young people and the lives of their communities.
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How do social issues shape our lives?

A group of teenage photographers attempted to answer this question with their cameras. Each 14-to-18-year-old submitted a picture to the Economic and Social Research Council photographic competition encapsulating how the world is changing and how it affects them, their families, friends and communities as a whole.

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Care home staff say neglect is ‘common’ but driven by pressure

Care home staff say neglect is ‘common’ but driven by pressure | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
The largest-ever survey of care home staff in England has found that neglectful behaviours are widespread and appear to be driven by workload pressures and burn out.
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The study was funded by the Economic and Social Research Council and the National Institute for Health Research. It forms part of the wider UCL MARQUE cohort study, which is also looking into cost-effective interventions to improve care for the more than two thirds of care homes residents with dementia.

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Lack of diversity inspires students’ award-winning photographs

Lack of diversity inspires students’ award-winning photographs | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
The lack of diversity in the media is reflected in a thought-provoking photo by a Norfolk student, which has won the top prize in a national competition.
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Reepham High School and College student Maddy Turner was the overall winner in the ESRC'S 'The Bigger Picture' competition.

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