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The Future of the UK and Scotland

Scottish Centre on Constitutional Change

The ESRC Scottish Centre on Constitutional Change, formally launched today, represents a significant boost to the debate on the future of Scotland

The Future of the UK and Scotland

Top earners' wages growing faster than for rest in Scotland

Scotland's top one per cent of income earners - about 25,000 people - have increased their wages and total income at a greater rate than the rest of the nation's workers in the past decade, according to a new report funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)

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Where do I belong? – photo competition

The ESRC is pleased to announce the launch of its 2013/14 photographic competition – Where do I belong? The competition is open to all young people, who are invited to take a picture of where they feel they belong - whether it’s a place, what they do, who they are with, or where they want to be in the future.

Britain in 2014

The state of Britain today debated at flagship festival event

Leading social scientists will reflect on some of the country’s most pressing issues at a showcase event on Thursday 7 November. The evening will also see launch of Britain in 2014, the ESRC's definitive annual magazine featuring key data and expert opinion on the state of the nation today.

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Countryside bearing the burden in "Big Society"

Empowering local people to help out in their communities is one of the flagship policies of the government's 'Big Society'. However, new research suggests some communities are bearing more of the burden than others. The research will be discussed at an event as part of the Economic and Social Research Council’s annual Festival of Social Science.

Stop racism

Does talking about race fuel racism?

Imagine if we just stopped mentioning race, would the EDL and other far right groups cease to exist? If we stopped talking about race, would racial discrimination suddenly disappear? The topic 'Does talking about race fuel racism?' will be explored at an event as part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science.

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Dementia isn't the end of fun!

Ways in which popular technologies can be used to enable people with dementia to have fun as well as unlock memories and enhance communication with relatives and carers will be showcased during the Economic and Social Research Council’s (ESRC) Festival of Social Science.

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Witnesses of crime need help to remember

The memory of people who have witnessed or been victims of crime is prone to errors which law officials must take into account when proceeding with criminal cases, according to research to be presented at an event as part of this year's annual Festival of Social Science.

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Maori culture teaches us that families are crucial to helping with mental health crises

Health service providers could learn from New Zealand Maoris when it comes to helping adults who have had mental health problems to get back on their feet, new research suggests. In Maori culture close family and friends are intimately involved with helping people with difficulties, and such family-based approaches appear to have advantages over conventional methods where professionals tend to take the lead.

Children

Language difficulties can last a lifetime

People who suffer from language difficulties as children may continue to suffer from various emotional and behavioural problems as adults, according to new research. The research will be presented at an event as part of the annual Economic and Social Research Council’s (ESRC) Festival of Social Science.

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Transformation Project successful in targeting crime

New project management toolsets developed with the Economic and Social Research Council’s (ESRC) funded Transformation Project helped Warwickshire Police launch its new Automatic Number Plate Recognition schemes on time and budget – targeting vehicle-based criminality and solving a string of serious crimes.

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Children's voices are being heard loud and clear in Belfast

The old adage that children should be seen but not heard appears to be becoming a thing of the past, at least in Northern Ireland, according to a new survey, with questions even being designed by children themselves. The results of the survey will be unveiled in November as part of the national Festival of Social Science, organised by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)

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Animations in court cause jury errors

Using animated evidence in court can confuse and bias a jury, according to new research. The research will be presented at an event as part of the Economic and Social Research Council’s (ESRC) annual Festival of Social Science.

Infrastructure

Infrastructure decisions now a matter of 'life and death'

Carbon-neutral planning and design needs to be embedded in infrastructure decisions now if we are to achieve a low carbon economy within 30 years, claims Keith Clarke CBE. Mr Clarke will make this claim in a debate to be held during the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Festival of Social Science

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Rude Britannia – what our politeness says about our nation

Britain is still a nation of polite people and fears that texts, tweets and Facebook are making people ruder is a myth, according to research from Lancaster University’s Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS). The research will be presented at an event as part of the Economic and Social Research Council’s annual Festival of Social Science

Elderly Care

Risk averse carers hasten dementia decline

Focussing only on keeping people with dementia physically safe can actually contribute to the person’s decline and result in the unnecessary loss of a person's skills

Happy children

Kids know what makes them happy

Fridays are definitely the best day of the week and one of the things likely to make many school children happy, according to an annual innovative schools event on happiness that takes place during the Economic and Social Research Council’s (ESRC) annual Festival of Social Science

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Wolves no longer the stuff of fairy tales and fables

The ingrained image of the wolf in many cultures as the epitome of a physically powerful, cunning and malevolent force, propagated down the centuries through fairy tales, myths and legends, must be taken into account in any re-introduction strategy, or where wolves re-emerge naturally

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Wind turbines evoke a variety of emotional responses

People’s attitudes towards wind turbines are more complex than a simple case of love-or-hate, a social science researcher is discovering. Visitors gazing at turbines in the Welsh countryside experience a wide range of emotions, from memories of youth to feelings of powerlessness in the face of the political machine.

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Everybody needs good neighbours

As the nights start to draw in and with the clocks set to change plunging us into darkness by 17.00, observant neighbours are a greater deterrent to would-be burglars than expensive alarm systems or security patrols, according to a study funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)

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