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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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Research reveals unexpected differences in privacy regulations

The regulation of personal data varies hugely across countries and sectors, research funded by the ESRC reveals. Privacy regulations in the UK, the United States, Germany, and Sweden is highly dependent on local context and institutional arrangements in each country.

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Fathers find financial crisis hits family life

The ESRC-funded research study 'Changing Lives and Times' has explored the impact of the financial crisis on the daily lives and future plans of new fathers, finding that several men were making significant life changes.

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Cuts are likely to hit charities harder than expected

Around one third of voluntary and charitable organisations in England receive public money to support their work and over 20,000 organisations say that the public sector is their most important source of income, according to initial findings from research funded by the ESRC.

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Teachers need greater awareness of language disorders

Greater awareness of 'specific language impairment' (SLI) is needed to ensure better outcomes for the 3-6 per cent of UK school children affected by this disability, which may have a greater impact on children than dyslexia.

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Staff-prisoner relationships are key to prison quality

As public sector prisons move towards the thin staffing level model of profit-making institutions, with their high turnover of personnel who are less connected to their occupation, a study funded by the ESRC warns of a potentially detrimental impact on prison quality.

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Breaking the silence on aid workers salaries

Research from a jointly funded project by the ESRC and Department for International Development has been instrumental in setting up a new international Task Force to promote fair wages in aid organisations.

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Urban conflict and divided cities

Urban conflict is nothing new in cities like Belfast, Jerusalem and major cities in the Middle East. An international conference at Queens’s University in Belfast explores how cities have been shaped by ethnic, religious and national conflicts.

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Resettlement is a positive move for homeless people

Resettlement services over the last few years have helped many homeless people make positive changes in their lives. The largest study in the UK of the resettlement of single homeless people has found that 81 per cent were still living independently 18 months after being re-housed.

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Fifty years on, UK betting shops lure new breed of punters

Fifty years after legalisation, the UK’s betting shops are attracting a new type of customer. This widening appeal may have harmful consequences in terms of problem gambling, argues initial research findings funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)

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ESRC Council appointments

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

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Mum’s the word when it comes to children’s happiness

Young people's satisfaction with their family situation is clearly related to the quality of relationships with parents and especially their mother’s happiness. The research findings come from the first findings from Understanding Society, the world’s largest household panel study managed by the Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER) at the University of Essex.

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Being a good mum: teens have their say

Just in time for Mother’s Day teens have spoken out on what they consider makes a good mother. The project Young Lives and Times, part of the Timescapes study and funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), reveals how teens view their mums.

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Look at me!

Findings from the project entitled 'Look at me! Images of Women and Ageing' have revealed the complexity of women's feelings about the images of ageing. These findings are presented in various exhibitions in Sheffield, which runs from 9 March to 15 April.

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When it comes to the environment, education affects our actions

Data from findings from Understanding Society, the world’s largest household panel survey, show that people with degrees are 25 per cent more likely, on average, than people with no education qualifications to adopt pro-environmental behaviours, at least in terms of paying more for environmentally-friendly products.

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Red Nose Day leads the way for future giving

The Comic Relief appeal achieves a remarkable amount of support with around six million people buying red noses. Donations to this cause have increased five-fold between 1988 when the first Red Nose Day appeal raised £15 million to the £82 million raised on Red Nose Day in 2009.

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The better off sleep better

The employed and self-employed enjoy much better sleep than those out of work, according to Understanding Society, the world’s largest longitudinal household study. One in ten people report taking sleeping medication (eg. sleeping pills) on three or more nights a week.

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The UK maintains a positive outlook, despite the recession

A survey of households across the UK taken at the height of the recession in 2009 show 67 per cent of people in full-time work were living comfortably or doing allright and that unemployed people were broadly optimistic about their future prospects.

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UK youth are happy after all?

Young people in the UK are very satisfied with their lives with 70 per cent rating themselves as happy or very happy. These are the first findings from Understanding Society, the world’s largest household panel study managed by the Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER) at the University of Essex.

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£24 million boost to UK’s biggest study of babies and young children

The largest ever UK-wide study of babies and young children today received a landmark £24.25 million commitment from the Department of Business Innovation and Skills. The 2012 Birth Cohort Study will be the largest ever UK-wide study of babies and young children today.

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The first steps to Understanding Society

The first findings from the world’s largest study of households are now published. With data on our working lives, relationships, health, finances and neighbourhoods the Understanding Society publication gives an early taste of the social landscape of the UK as the country fell into the deepest recession for 60 years.

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