ESRC's winning KTP partnership, with KTP Associate Harriet Knowles, was among the eight finalist Best Partnership teams at today's KTP Awards 2012 event. KTP Associates Kate Jones and Katie Flaherty both received a Business Leader of Tomorrow award.
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The emerging field of 'service design' can be crucial in order to attract customers and business. The ESRC is partnering up with the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), the Design Council and the communications consultancy Madano Partnership to fund research exploring the value and impact of service design.
The Great British Public Toilet Map has been developed as part of an ESRC-funded research project Tackling Ageing Continence through Theory Tools and Technology (TACT3), automatically tracking councils' open data on public toilet facilities and displaying the information online.
The Visualisation and Other Methods of Expression project, part of the ESRC-supported Ensuring Privacy and Consent programme, has designed a set of design principles to help online service providers respond to the privacy, consent and information needs of web users.
Thirty per cent of apprentices in England are over 45 years old, due to the practice of 'converting' existing employees into apprentices. But adult apprentices are more likely to be experiencing a 'restrictive' apprenticeship, with little access to learning new skills and gaining knowledge.
The British Sign Language Corpus Project has collected the first recorded 'corpus' of BSL and is expected to lead to improved services for deaf people. The project includes online video recordings of conversations, interviews, narratives, and signs for 102 key concepts.
People remain negative about hydrocarbons and controversial 'fracking' extraction, and do not see shale gas or other forms of unconventional fossil fuel as the solution to either energy security or climate change.
Young people show little interest in science careers, and many children rarely take part in science-related activities, according to findings.
Migrant women maintain their emotional and parenting bond with left-behind children through frequent use of new media - including mobile phone, texting, email, webcam calls and instant messaging.
The aim of the Government Social Research Service (GSR) is to provide robust and relevant research evidence for government policies departments. "Our work reduces the degree of uncertainty in policymaking", explains GSR Joint Head Richard Bartholomew.