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Scottish Banking - BBC Radio 5 live

News and insight from the business world including a discussion regarding Scottish banking with ESRC Research Fellow, David Bell.

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Programme interviews ESRC Scottish Fellow David Bell.

Interview commences at 20:10 and concludes at 27:40

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The school that shows good food is not just for posh kids

The school that shows good food is not just for posh kids | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
In England’s poorest town, schools are teaching their children to embrace a healthy diet, says Guardian columnist Aditya Chakraborrty
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This article quotes Professor Kevin Morgan. In 2013 he and Dr Roberta Sonnino were awarded the ESRC Impact Award for outstanding impact on public policy for their research on the creative procurement of school food in Italy, the UK and the US.

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Loneliness linked to major life setbacks for millennials, study says | Science | The Guardian

Loneliness linked to major life setbacks for millennials, study says | Science | The Guardian | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
Lonely millennials found to be more likely to have mental health problems and be out of work
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This study was carried out by academics including ESRC

Mental Health Leadership Fellow, Professor Louise Arseneault.

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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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This research was funded by the ESRC.

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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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War shaped my childhood – don’t let Brexit risk our peace: Sir Patrick Stewart 

War shaped my childhood – don’t let Brexit risk our peace: Sir Patrick Stewart  | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
As the disastrous impact of leaving the EU becomes clearer, UK citizens should be allowed another say, writes British actor Patrick Stewart
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The world-famous actor quotes findings from The consequences of Brexit for UK trade and living standards, a research paper by the ESRC-funded Centre for Economic Performance.

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Teachers work more and have seen bigger pay drop than police, study suggests

Teachers work more and have seen bigger pay drop than police, study suggests | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Teachers work longer hours in term time and have seen a bigger drop in pay than police officers and nurses, research suggests.

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The study, which is based on results from the ongoing Understanding Society survey (funded by the ESRC), shows that in 2015/16, teachers worked 50 hours a week during term time, compared with 44 for police officers and 39 for nurses.

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Research reveals brain mechanism involved in language learning

Research reveals brain mechanism involved in language learning | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Learning a new language may be more of a science than an art, a University of Sussex study finds.

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‘Cross-situational learning is supported by propose-but-verify hypothesis testing’, by Sam C Berens, Jessica S Horst and Chris M Bird, is published in the journal Current Biology. The work is funded by the European Research Council and the ESRC.

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Geography should not determine social mobility

Geography should not determine social mobility | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Parental occupation, family income, early years education, “social capital” (ie who you know)… these are the sorts of things we traditionally look at when considering what shapes a child’s ability to do well at school and beyond.

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This piece by Former Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg follows his speaking at the University of Bath / ESRC event ‘The Challenges of Improving Social Mobility’, which was held at the Resolution Foundation.

 

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Just one more ash dieback spore could push European ash trees to the brink

Just one more ash dieback spore could push European ash trees to the brink | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
Europe's ash dieback epidemic could well have been caused by just one or two mushroom-like fruiting bodies of a fungal pathogen from Asia, according to a comprehensive genome sequencing effort. This leaves even the most resistant ash trees at threat from the introduction of just one more spore from East Asia.
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This research is co-funded by the ESRC and BBSRC.

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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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