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Population 56 million - and counting

The newly published figures from the 2011 census show that the population of England and Wales increased with 7 per cent – 3.7 million – over the last decade. This is the largest jump in population figures since the first census in 1801.

Crowd of people

Counting without the census

With a more mobile population and more complex households and ways people live, it becomes more difficult to capture changes in society with the traditional census. New methods for collecting population information are now being considered.

University faculty

The university effect

Universities have a significant impact on local regions - from increasing local employment, to students moving into residential areas, to boosting nightlife, to altering the whole image of a town, according to ESRC-funded research.

Europe

Jobless immigrants prefer to leave

Research shows that labour migrants leave the country relatively quickly if they are out of work. "A substantial proportion of immigrants leave the host country eventually, and many do so within 24 months," concludes a NORFACE report.

Hafod Copperworks

When Welsh copper conquered the world

An exhibition focusing on the Welsh copper industry examines how this global industry affected Wales' social, cultural and urban development.

Sign language

Changing signs for the Queen's speech

Research shows that Deaf translation of the Queen's speeach has changed over the last decades, from Sign Supported English to an emerging 'Received Pronunciation' of British Sign Langauge.

Policewoman

Taking terror out of the community

A new report from the Religion and Society Programme highlights the importance of relationship-building between police officers and community members to prevent extremism among Muslim youths.

Job search online

The scars of unemployment

The number of 16 to 24-year-olds out of work rose to 963,000 in the three months to February, while the total number of unemployed went down by 17,000. ESRC-funded research has examined how recession affects the job market, and the health effects on the unemployed.

Census form

Making sense of the census

The 'stock take' of UK residents on census day Sunday 27 March provides valuable data for social scientists.

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