Press releases

Read the latest press releases from ESRC and our major investments. You can access press releases that we have published since 2009.

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United Together

New approach for university and community engagement

Current policy pressures on universities to focus on improving their research excellence and to widen participation make it hard for them to engage meaningfully with excluded communities, according to research funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

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South-East universities turn their knowledge into wealth

In these tough economic times, universities are under pressure to use their knowledge and discoveries to drive economic growth, but an Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) study reveals that not all universities are equal.

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E coli in the countryside: whose problem is it anyway?

Researchers have found that people believed others should do more to reduce the risk of E. coli O157 infection, but the most effective would be for everyone to adopt behaviours and strategies to reduce risks.

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Public radio exposes injustice

Malawi’s public radio station broadcasts are providing an alternative programme of news stories. The programme features contributions by ordinary Malawians, highlighting their everyday experiences of abuse and violation.

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Working mothers and the effects on children

Parents struggling to combine paid work with bringing up their children now have some positive news thanks to a new study funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) on maternal employment and child socio-emotional behaviour in the UK

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What does Scottish independence really mean?

Following the victory of the Scottish National Party (SNP) in the recent Scottish elections on May 5, a unique in-depth survey of the entire SNP membership conducted throughout 2008, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), reveals a range of views on Scotland’s constitutional status.

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Resilience amongst the long term ill

People who have a long term debilitating physical illness demonstrate mental resilience according to Understanding Society. The first findings reveal that people diagnosed with cancer, diabetes, respiratory or cardiovascular disease report similar mental health scores to those without physical illness.

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