Launch of ESRC's new web portal

27 January 2011

Straight to the point, easy navigation, dynamic research content on the most important topics facing society today are just some of the new features of the Economic and Social Research Council’s (ESRC) web portal, launched today (Thursday 27 January 2010). The new website will be the first port of call for anyone interested in the UK’s society and economy.

This unique online resource is dedicated to high quality and leading research on subjects from British business and foreign ownership, child happiness and the UK’s journey from recession to recovery. Through the new 'research topics' section visitors will have access to topical features, case studies, informed debate and expert opinion on a range of topics including climate change, ageing, employment and crime.

The innovative 'research catalogue' has an improved search feature which allows users to find information they want with a few taps on the keyboard. The new design of the ‘research catalogue’ clearly details all ESRC funded research findings and outputs including books, papers and journal articles. There are also details of the impacts that research has had on the economy, society and individuals.

Professor Paul Boyle, Chief Executive of the ESRC, said: "We are delighted to launch the ESRC’s new website. The site caters for anyone with an interest in the UK’s society and economy by providing leading social science research at the touch of a button. Visitors will now have unprecedented access to expert opinion, informed debate and features on the topic of the day."

Although the new website will deliver some significant changes, key services such as competition announcements and information on ESRC funding and training opportunities will continue to be available on the new ESRC site.

The new site will not only offer an improved service, it also offers significant cost savings. The site has been improved in response to feedback from visitors and the academic community. It is structured around key tasks and information that visitors require. This enhanced performance will ensure a better experience for all users of the portal.

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The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) is the UK's largest organisation for funding research on economic and social issues. It supports independent, high quality research which has an impact on business, the public sector and the third sector. The ESRC’s total expenditure in 2009/10 was about £211 million. At any one time the ESRC supports over 4,000 researchers and postgraduate students in academic institutions and independent research institutes.