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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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Social scientists contribute to policy in central government

According to latest research, social scientists with PhDs working in central government make valuable contributions to policy, and report that holding a PhD can enhance their credibility with senior officials. It also shows that they are more likely to have climbed the career ladder and progressed into leadership roles.

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Getting CLOSER to cohort studies

A world-leading initiative which brings together some of the most important studies of people’s lives in the UK, has been launched today by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Medical Research Council (MRC).

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Nudge or Think: What works best for our society?

If approached in the right way, citizens are willing to change their behaviour and do more to help themselves and others, according to research funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

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Family literacy project exceeds expectations

A unique approach to early literacy work with families where children develop their language skills and their ability to read and write from an early age has had a huge success.

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Trained NHS therapists can help insomniacs

Insomnia sufferers in England could have greater access to successful treatment, thanks to a training programme developed as part of trials of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Insomnia (CBTi), funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

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Green partnerships between community groups and local councils

Powerful new partnerships with the common aim of achieving a more environmentally and economically sustainable future can be forged by community action groups and local authorities - which often regard each other with mutual suspicion and mistrust according to social scientists

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UK hotel industry alive with innovation

Large hotel chains are quick to adopt and adapt innovations developed in other industries, while smaller hotels make almost continual incremental changes in response to customers' needs. The UK hotel industry is alive with innovation and new ways of improving service for customers, research funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) has found.

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First Indian-European Social Sciences Research Networking projects launched

The Indian Council of Social Science Research, in association with the Economic and Social Research Council, the Agence Nationale de la Recherche, the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft and the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research, has launched the first set of projects for networking and social science research cooperation between researchers in India and the four European countries.

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Better student preparation needed for university maths

Schools and college maths courses are paying little attention to preparing students to use maths in other areas of study according to a project funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

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