Most recent features
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.
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.
Feature | 11 July 2013 | General public, Higher education, Press/media, Schools
British women are increasingly having children at a later age â€“ and longer time in education and training is a major factor, shows research from the esrc centre for population change (cpc).
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.
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.
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.
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 ...
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.
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.
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.
Most recent case studies
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Most recent press releases
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 ...
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)
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.
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 ...
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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
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 ...
Professor Jenny Carson Aker | Economic Development | 01 February 2014
Despite massive improvements in enrollment over the past decade, over 775 million adults worldwide are unable to read and write in any language (unesco 2012). These indicators are particularly low in the landlocked countries of sub-saharan africa. In ...
Professor Piyushimita (Vonu) Thakuriah | Urban 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 ...
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 ...
Dr Christopher Jones | 20 January 2014
The trading approaches to nurturing sustainable consumption in fashion and energy retail (transfer) project will facilitate knowledge exchange between the fashion and energy retail sectors. Both sectors share the challenge of encouraging the reduced ...
Professor Catherine Parker | 13 January 2014
The high street uk 2020 project will support high street change through knowledge exchange. The project will connect key high street stakeholders (retailers, town centre partnerships, local authorities, property owners/developers and residents) in 10 ...
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 ...
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 ...
Dr Pauline Dixon | Social policy and Development | 31 December 2013
This project has four objectives. The first considers the identification of high ability children attending schools in slums of dar es salaam, tanzania. Objective one studies the current identification process within 50-60 schools with children in gr ...
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 ...