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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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Tackling the challenges of dementia

The ESRC and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) are awarding £20 million to six research projects which will significantly add to our understanding of dementia.

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.


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.

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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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