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Most recent features

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Ifs report: increased debt burden for students

Feature | 10 April 2014 | General public, Press/media, Schools

Students will graduate with "much higher debts than before" under the current tuition fee system, according to a new report from the institute for fiscal studies.

Fear contagion: how we make our children fearful

Feature | 27 September 2013 | Business, General public, Policymakers, Press/media

Children can become fearful of harmless things, including a simple flower, just from the facial expression of an adult, according to a new esrc-funded study.

Delayed motherhood due to longer education

Feature | 11 July 2013 | General public, Higher education, Press/media, Schools

British women are increasingly having children at a later age – and longer time in education and training is a major factor, shows research from the esrc centre for population change (cpc).

Project helps charities evaluate their outreach work

Feature | 02 July 2013 | Academic, Partnerships, Voluntary sector

A new esrc-funded project is improving opportunities for children in london. Project oracle: children and youth evidence hub is helping charities evaluate their outreach work, so that money can go towards those projects that have the most impact.

Babies of blind mothers more skilled at communication

Feature | 26 June 2013 | General public, Press/media, Schools

Far from being disadvantaged, babies of blind mothers develop communication and attention skills than their peers, according to research by dr atsushi senju. He found no signs of autistic-like behaviour due to lack of visual communication.

New hub connecting autism research, practice and policy

Feature | 19 June 2013 | Academic, General public, Partnerships, Policymakers, Press/media

A new online autism-research-policy-practice hub aims to connect researchers, practitioners, policymakers and carers by creating a network of expertise, an online infrastructure and a set of communication packages.

Female surgeons: cutting the gender gap

Feature | 10 May 2013 | General public, Press/media, Public sector

Despite more women than men studying at uk medical schools, women are far less likely than male colleagues to pursue a career in surgery. Esrc-funded researchers have partnered with rcs and surgical society scalpel to encourage women to become surgeo ...

Teaching complex language through storytelling

Feature | 29 April 2013 | General public, Press/media, Schools

A pioneering esrc study by linguistics researchers has shown that 'story time' in primary schools can be used as a subtle way to introduce complex language structures to young children.

New online tool for language researchers

Feature | 23 April 2013 | Academic, Press/media

The new instruments for research into second language learning (iris) database allows any language researcher to upload and download materials free of charge.

Fuelling growth with public investments

Feature | 07 March 2013 | Business, General public, Policymakers, Press/media

Professor david newberry argues that public investment in the right areas will fuel uk economic growth - with the short-term impact of giving work to domestic private companies who will create jobs.

Case studies

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Improving literacy with grammar methods

Case Study | 05 June 2014 | General public, International, Press/media, Public sector, Schools, Voluntary sector

A decade of research into the development of writing in school-aged children led by professor debra myhill has shaped national and international policy, improved children's writing abilities and changed classroom practice.

The breakfast effect on school performance

Case Study | 24 February 2014 | General public, Press/media, Schools

Esrc-funded research on nutrition and school performance has contributed to the provision of free breakfasts in schools in west yorkshire.

Improving surgical training

Case Study | 24 June 2013 | General public, Higher education, Press/media

Findings from research on how surgeons interact are being used to improve surgical training, and implemented in 'training the trainers' surgical courses.

Investigating school rankings

Case Study | 14 May 2013 | General public, Press/media, Schools

Dr john jerrim's research on england's ranking on the programme for international student assessment (pisa) table has reframed the debate on school pupils' academic achievement.

Helping parents with children's literacy

Case Study | 14 May 2013 | General public, Public sector, Schools

Practitioner workshops enabling parents to raise children's literacy achievements has resulted in around 300 practitioners getting involved, between them reaching 6,000 families.

Teacher quality and performance pay

Case Study | 14 May 2013 | General public, Press/media, Schools

Research by richard murphy on teacher quality and the effect on pupils influenced the education secretary's decision to open up for performance-related pay for teachers.

Improving the school league tables

Case Study | 14 December 2012 | Academic, General public, Higher education, Policymakers, Schools

Recommendations from the esrc centre for market and public organisation (cmpo) to improve school league tables were adopted by the department for education and implemented in 2011.

Helping children with autism

Case Study | 29 November 2012 | General public, Press/media, Schools

Echoes, a virtual learning environment developed by esrc-funded researchers, has improved autistic children's engagement and communication, and changed teaching practice in several uk schools.

Improving vocational skills training

Case Study | 28 November 2012 | Business, General public, Press/media, Schools, Voluntary sector

A research collaboration with the national apprenticeship service identified key characteristics for vocational excellence - improving the selection process for the worldskills competition.

Social science impact on the sure start initiative

Case Study | 15 June 2012 | Academic, Business, General public, Higher education, Policymakers, Public sector, Schools

Social science underpinned by esrc support played a major role in establishing and delivering the government's sure start initiative in 1999, which aimed to provide integrated early years services for disadvantaged groups.

Press releases

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Student access to higher education in england and scotland under the spotlight

Press Release | 03 October 2013 | Academic, Policymakers, Press/media

Students from more socially advantaged backgrounds continue to be over-represented at the most selective universities in england and scotland, an audience of academics and policy makers will hear next tuesday (8 october) at a seminar at the universit ...

Business as usual for top uk universities

Press Release | 12 September 2013 | Academic, Further education, Higher education, Postgraduate

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)

Edinburgh team launch work on scottish he's future

Press Release | 20 May 2013 | Academic, Further education, Higher education, Policymakers, Press/media, Schools

A team of university of edinburgh researchers is launching a series of events addressing major issues around the funding and future of higher education in scotland, beginning with a one-day seminar this wednesday (22 may) in the scottish capital.

Help in reading foreign languages

Press Release | 06 March 2013 | Academic, Further education, Policymakers, Postgraduate, Public sector, Schools

Recent research into how we learn is set to help people in their efforts to read a second or foreign language (sfl) more effectively. This will be good news for those struggling to develop linguistic skills in preparation for a move abroad, or to hel ...

Helping young people discover their own ‘british’ history

Press Release | 02 November 2012 | Academic, Further education, Higher education, Postgraduate, Schools

Schools can promote social inclusion by helping children to discover a version of british history that acknowledges how people from a range of ethnic backgrounds have contributed to contemporary british society, according to new research.

Family literacy project exceeds expectations

Press Release | 06 September 2012 | Academic, Further education, General public, Higher education, Policymakers, Press/media, Schools

A unique approach to early literacy work with families where children develop their language skills and their ability to read and write from an early age has had a huge success.

Better student preparation needed for university maths

Press Release | 01 August 2012 | Academic, Business, Further education, Higher education, Policymakers, Postgraduate, Schools

Schools and college maths courses are paying little attention to preparing students to use maths in other areas of study according to a project funded by the economic and social research council (esrc).

East meets west: research transcending borders

Press Release | 05 July 2012 | Academic, Further education, Higher education, International, Press/media

Researchers from the uk and hong kong will be researching themes that arise in our everyday lives including parenting styles, education and management practices as well as global issues including sustainability and migration.

Digital revolution bypassing uk education

Press Release | 12 June 2012 | General public, Policymakers, Press/media, Public sector, Schools

Teaching and learning in the 21st century needs to be 'turbo-charged' by educational technology rather than using technologies designed for other purposes, according to a new tel report.

Language diversity will make london a true global player

Press Release | 10 May 2012 | Academic, Business, Further education, General public, Higher education, International, Policymakers, Press/media, Schools

Understanding linguistic diversity among london’s schoolchildren is key for the city’s future as a ‘global player’, according to research funded by the economic and social research council (esrc)


Most recent grants

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Support for carers of people with early onset dementia

Professor Heather Gage | 31 March 2014

Research to assess policies and strategies for dementia in the young (rhapsody) aims primarily to analyse the health and social care systems and infrastructures available to the severely burdened yet underserved group of people with young onset demen ...

Urban big data

Professor Piyushimita (Vonu) Thakuriah | Human Geography | 30 January 2014

The urban big data research centre (ubdrc) will provide a unique facility for researching complex and cross-cutting urban issues such as transport, employment, migration, housing, education and social exclusion. The centre will bring together an inte ...

Facilitating carers' mind-mindedness through education and early intervention

Professor Elizabeth Meins | Developmental psychology | 28 January 2014

This professorial fellowship focuses on extending the real-world impact of the academic literature on caregivers' ‘mind-mindedness’ - the ability to 'tune in' to what a young child may be thinking or feeling. Previous research has demonst ...

Life study: phase 1

Professor Carol Dezateux | Demography (General) | 01 January 2014

The life study is designed to investigate influences operating in early life, which have implications for the health, well-being and development of children and the adults they will become. The life study will develop a rich resource of longitudinal ...

Behaviour change and psychological governance

Dr Jessica Pykett | 31 December 2013

Drawing on insights from research disciplines such as behavioural economics, neuroscience and psychology, ‘behaviour change’ policies have been the subject of much media commentary, exploring charges of the 'nanny state' and psychological ...

The norm of honesty: empirical studies on school pupils and the uk population

Dr David Hugh-Jones | Behavioural & experimental eco | 31 December 2013

The project consists of two experiments, designed to answer two broad research questions: what makes people honest? what consequences does honesty have at individual level? in the first experiment, subjects of the understanding society survey will ...


Most recent outputs

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Impact report - esj0118001

Richard Harris | 13 January 2015 | Human Geography (General) | End of Grant Report

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Dirk Schubotz | 30 September 2014 | Social Policy | End of Grant Report

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Jenny Pearce | 30 September 2014 | Pol. sci. & internat. studies | End of Grant Report

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Siobhan Hugh-Jones | 30 September 2014 | Awareness | End of Grant Report

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Susan Leekam | 30 September 2014 | Psychology | End of Grant Report

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