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Schools: New role needed for 'crucial' amateur governors

The rapid expansion of academy schools has seen an increased demand for high-calibre governors with management and professional skills, and trivialised the contribution of parent governors and unskilled volunteers, according to researchers at the University of Roehampton.

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Master challenge: the UK food system

The ESRC and the Food Standards Agency (FSA), under the Global Food Security programme, are delighted to announce the five successful grants of the Understanding the Challenges of the Food System call.


What is the future of reservists in the Armed Forces?

The ESRC is pleased to announce that £1.35 million has been awarded to four universities to undertake innovative research projects to help inform some of the pressing issues facing the armed forces in the process of integrating regular and reserve components into a ‘Whole Force’ structure.

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New ESRC Chief Executive announced

The Minister for Universities and Science, Greg Clark, has announced the appointment of Professor Jane Elliott as the next Chief Executive of the Economic and Social Research Council.

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What your hand gestures say about you

New research shows that what you do with your hands when you talk secretly reveals a lot about your intelligence and ability to empathise with others. The bigger the hand gestures the more empathetic you are.

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New tools developed to capture the full value of nature

Our interactions with natural spaces can be experienced in a number of ways; we might take a stroll in a woodland or picnic with friends in a park. In 2011 UK National Ecosystem Assessment (UK NEA) concluded that the natural world and its ecosystems are important to our wellbeing and economic prosperity.

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Researchers funded for collaborative projects that cross boundaries

€15 million has been awarded to fifteen research projects that will allow academics in Europe and the United States to collaborate on a range of exciting projects that will push the boundaries of our understanding of individual and social behaviour and influence policy.

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Same-sex marriage shows civil partnerships were ‘never enough’

As the first gay and lesbian couples in England and Wales prepare to walk down the aisle this Saturday (29 March) to get legally married, research from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) shows that civil partnerships could never have met the demands for full equality between gay and straight couples.

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Winners announced of ESRC national photography competition

The ESRC has announced the winners of a national photography competition in which we challenged young people aged 14-18 for their unique take on society and the social sciences, by taking a picture on the theme of 'Where Do I Belong?'

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Young people show where they belong

Almost 1,000 teenagers aged 14 to 18 from across the UK entered the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) photographic competition – giving their own artistic twist to the question of 'Where Do I Belong?'

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Informal economy missing from climate change debate

The informal economy accounts for two thirds of the Indian economy and some 90 per cent of jobs, but is ignored in current climate change policy and mitigation debates. This presents a major problem if governments wish to make fast responses to climate change, says ESRC-funded researcher Professor Barbara Harriss-White.


Energy consumers could have lost out by £2 billion per year

Research findings contributed to a change in Ofgem policy that ended an energy competition clause that was potentially costing households up to £2 billion a year. This month sees the publication of the first annual competition review into the energy sector.

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