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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Young people face double penalty in a slow job market

New research from Understanding Society, a study of more than 40,000 UK households, has examined what is driving this uneven employment pattern and finds that young people suffer from a ‘double-penalty’ in their attempts to find and keep a job.

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UK is a nation of supportive partners

Partners provide a vital source of positive emotional support for the vast majority of people in the UK. Nine out of ten people who were married or cohabiting talk to their partner about their worries, according to data from Understanding Society, the world’s largest longitudinal household study of 40,000 UK households.

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What we mean when we ask for the milk

New research into the different ways that English and Polish people use language in everyday family situations can help members of each community to understand each other better and avoid cultural misunderstandings.

Pocket the money

Tackling financial exploitation of elderly people

Professionals who are in close contact with elderly people could soon be in a better position to spot if they are being financially exploited thanks to a pioneering new study funded by the UK Research Councils’ New Dynamics of Ageing programme (NDA)

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East views the world differently to West

Cultural differences between the West and East are well documented, but a study shows that concrete differences also exist in how British and Chinese people recognise people and the world around them according to new research funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)

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Dignity counts when caring for older people

Older people feel that their health problems pose a challenge to their sense of independence, dignity and identity and sometimes the health care they are given makes things worse

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Supporting primary children’s understanding of physics

New software has significant benefits for primary school children and their understanding of elementary physics, research shows. Studies funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) focused on what primary school children know when they begin studying physics, and how much they still have to learn. The studies looked at how much children understand about the movement of objects such as direction and speed.

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New team to navigate the retail sector

Building relationships, raising the profile of social science research and identifying opportunities for collaboration will be the main focus of a new Retail Knowledge Navigator Team.

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Planned actions improve the way we process information

Preparing to act in a particular way can improve the way we process information, and this has potential implications for those with learning disabilities according to research funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)

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