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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

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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

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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

Wind Turbines

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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Business as usual for top UK Universities

A new report highlighting the impact that university business schools are having on businesses and industry has been released by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)

Lancaster University Management School

Follow the LEAD to local success in Lancashire

A new report highlighting the impact that Lancaster University Management School has had on local businesses and industry has been released by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)

Cardiff University

Driving the 'car' into Cardiff

A report highlighting the impact that Cardiff University Business School has had on local businesses and industry has been released by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)

Warwick Business School

Ma'KIN'g a real difference in Warwickshire

A new report highlighting the impact that Warwick University Business School has had on local businesses and industry has been released by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)

The Future of the UK and Scotland

Phase two of Scotland fellows announced

With a referendum on Scottish Independence due to be held in 2014, the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) has appointed two new fellows and one new Centre who will undertake research that will inform the debate in the run-up to the referendum.

The Future of the UK and Scotland

Scottish pupils' performance focus of Edinburgh Seminar

How well Scotland's school pupils perform in comparison to their peers across the rest of the UK is the focus of a seminar this coming Wednesday (28 August), hosted by University of Edinburgh. The seminar is part of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)'s Future of the UK and Scotland activities

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Professorial Fellowship Scheme 2012-2013

The ESRC is pleased to announce the appointment of seven fellowships under the Professorial Fellowship Scheme 2012-13. The scheme is designed to support leading social scientists working in the UK, by providing them with the freedom to pursue their own innovative and creative research ideas.

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Enjoying the great outdoors – nature's own stress buster

Nature has beneficial effects that help us cope with stress at work, according to new research funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). The research highlights the power of the 'great outdoors' to improve both physiological and psychological wellbeing.

Working woman

A woman's work is never done?

One of the greatest social changes across Europe in recent decades has been the increase of women in the labour market. However, changes in women’s work patterns have not always been matched by changes in the division of household tasks between the sexes, reveals a study from the European Social Survey.

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Hot in the city

Urban design directly affects temperature, wind, rain and air quality - but most planners build cities without an awareness of the urban climate effects they are creating.

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ESRC Council appointments

David Willetts, the Minister for Universities and Science, has appointed four new council members to the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)

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