Social Science in the News

Oxford University

Emma Cohen, Arran Davis and Jacob Taylor, from the University’s Institute of Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology, carried out two experiments to look at how group exercise and social cohesion influence one another.

Newstatesman

Why are mothers in London less likely to work than their counterparts across the country, and how can we ensure that having more parents in jobs brings the capital’s high child poverty rates down?

The Guardian

Comprehensive documentation of several Indigenous Australian languages, some of which are highly endangered and at risk of extinction, has begun.

BBC

UK unemployment ticked up to 1.85 million in the April to June period, a rise of 25,000 on the previous quarter.

Cambridge University

In a landmark project with UN-Habitat, a team of Cambridge researchers has designed a community centre in one of Kenya’s biggest and oldest slums, and its future users are now raising funds to build it.

The Telegraph

Becoming a father before the age of 25 raises the risk of dying early in middle age, scientists have discovered.

The Independent

It’s an unfortunate fact of economics and finance that many different concepts seem to have been given the same name.

BBC

Rents paid to private landlords in Britain went up by an average of 2.5% over the last year, the fastest rise for two-and-a-half years, figures show.

The Telegraph

Future criminals and council house tenants can be spotted as early as nursery school, a study suggests.

The Huffington Post

Most members of Generation Z can't imagine life without Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram and Twitter. Nearly one in four teens reports being online "almost constantly," with much of that online time dominated by social media.

The Independent

Turning street lights off late at night to save money does not seem to trigger an increase in either traffic accidents or crime according to a survey of local councils in England and Wales where such cuts have been made.

University of Stirling

A major Scotland-wide study of the health, economic and social circumstances of people aged 50-plus will enable future improvements to be made to their health and wellbeing.

BBC

Bosses in all fields can make mistakes. And while junior staff may always feel uncomfortable pointing them out, in some areas failing to do so could cost lives.

The Guardian

The Conservative budget risks widening Britain’s racial divide by making millions of minority ethnic people poorer at a faster rate than their white counterparts, a study has found.

The Independent

Researchers have found that harmful drinking may be a hidden health and social problem in otherwise successful older people across England, according to a new report.

The Telegraph

The extent of the renting crisis among young people in the UK has been made clear following a detailed report by economists at accountancy firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).

BBC

Families need an annual income of at least £45,000 to be able to enjoy the natural beauty of their environment.

University of Cambridge

Do you like your jazz to be Norah Jones or Ornette Coleman, your classical music to be Bach or Stravinsky, or your rock to be Coldplay or Slayer?

The Guardian

At the end of this year there will be a critically important international climate change conference in Paris. At this conference, nations will attempt to reach an agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and slow global warming.

The Guardian

Some road signs have been troubling me lately. There are a few new signs on the A21, on a stretch of roadworks where trees and a couple of old houses are making way for a dual carriageway.

BBC

Students from the poorest backgrounds in England will graduate owing up to £53,000 after maintenance grants are replaced by loans, a think tank says.

The Guardian

Unemployed families will be unable to afford to live in large parts of England as the government’s benefit cap plans threaten at least 100,000 households with homelessness and poverty, new research finds.

Daily Telegraph

Violent crime recorded by police jumped by nearly a quarter in the last year, including the first rise in knife crime for five years, official figures have revealed.

The Independent

Victims of forced marriage are being failed by the services they most desperately need.

The Guardian

Nearly two-thirds of British children in poverty live in working families, the Institute for Fiscal Studies has revealed in its annual poverty and inequality report, undermining government assertions that a job was an automatic route out of poverty.

The Independent

Fewer babies are being born as a result of the Government’s austerity drive putting women off from having children, suggests a new report by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

The Independent

David Cameron has pledged to eliminate gender inequality in pay by forcing companies to disclose their gender pay gaps.

The Guardian

A private school education may be a poor investment, according to research that shows rapid growth in independent school fees outstripping the incomes of middle class professionals.

Daily Telegraph

Almost 40 per cent of servicewomen in the British Army have received unwanted comments about their looks or sexuality in the past year, a new survey has found.

BBC

There has been a substantial increase in violence in jails in England and Wales, the chief prisons inspector is expected to say in his annual report.

University of Sheffield

A new report has revealed more than half of Scots and three-quarters of people from North West England are harmed by another person’s drinking.

The Independent

Home Office statistics revealed a 50 per cent rise in Taser use in five years. Police drew Tasers 10,062 times last year in England and Wales and fired them 1,724 times, which are marginal falls since 2013, but still mean that an average of 27 people have Tasers pointed at them each day and four or five are felled by the powerful weapons.

The Independent

In his Budget speech on Wednesday the Chancellor heralded his extensive welfare cuts as “fair” and suggested that the boost to incomes from his new national living wage would ultimately leave ordinary families with a higher standard of living.

The Independent

Universities will be able to raise fees from their record level of £9,000 a year, the Chancellor has declared.

University of Sheffield

The coalition government’s efforts to rebalance the UK economy were largely unsuccessful, according to a new report.

Daily Telegraph

New figures showing the average Briton is issued with 20 prescriptions a year have sparked warnings that the country has become “a nation of pill pushers”.

Daily Telegraph

People aged over 55 could be four times more likely than the general population to become victims of a telephone scam where fraudsters pose as a bank or the police, according to figures from the financial ombudsman.

The Independent

Spending on schemes aimed at preventing children from disadvantaged backgrounds from falling into cycles of crime and poverty has more than halved over the last five years, new research has revealed.

Times of India

Data released by Office of National Statistics on Friday shows that the number of Indians living in UK is four times more than the Chinese and Americans, over three times more than those of Bangladeshi and German origin and two times more than those from Ireland.

The Independent

The UK is one of the happiest countries in terms of family relationships but is among the least friendly to neighbours, according to an international study.

Daily Telegraph

British households are still £500 a year worse off than before the financial crisis in 2008, according to new official figures which underscore the long-term damage inflicted on families’ finances by the deep recession and lacklustre recovery.

Daily Telegraph

The police will need to recruit 17,000 black and ethnic minority officers over the next decade if the service is to accurately reflect the community it serves, a report has concluded.

Daily Telegraph

University students are turning to gambling, medical trials and adult work in order to supplement the maintenance loan which is “out of touch” with the high cost of living, new research has revealed.

BBC

A record number of people have been prosecuted for offences categorised as "violence against women and girls", figures for England and Wales show.

The Independent

Private rents are higher in Britain than any other European Union country and swallow up more of people’s earnings, according to a new analysis.

The Guardian

A Guardian analysis of newly released government figures has revealed a shocking increase in the proportion of ethnic minority children and young people being held in the youth justice system.

The Guardian

LGBT people in Britain’s rural towns and villages are being bullied relentlessly because of their sexuality, leaving some too scared to leave the house, according to an expert in hate crime.

Daily Telegraph

Up to three quarters of a million men in Britain may have a sexual interest in children, according to researchers.

BBC

Four in 10 of the first students to pay higher fees do not believe their courses have been good value for money, a survey for BBC Radio 5 live suggests.

BBC

The public transport system is failing the oldest and most vulnerable in society in England, a report says.

Daily Telegraph

Shoppers who use the internet to research hotels, books, electronics and other purchases are being misled by millions of "fake" reviews orchestrated by companies to trick potential customers, the consumer watchdog warns today as it begins an inquiry.

Daily Telegraph

One in 20 of all the children in England were referred to social services last year alone, amid a dramatic expansion in the child protection system, new figures from the NSPCC reveal.

The Independent

The number of sexual offences against children recorded by police in England and Wales has rocketed by more than a third in the last year, police figures show.

Daily Telegraph

The British public associate Muslims with terrorism more than any other issue, a survey has revealed.

Daily Telegraph

Class size has very little impact on a child’s quality of education, because teachers tend to stick to their teaching approach regardless of the number of students, a new study has found.

The Independent

Almost half of British people think refugees – including those who have escaped the civil war in Syria – should be turned away from the UK, new research has revealed.

The Guardian

Elite British companies are thwarting the career prospects of talented working-class applicants and reinforcing social division, according to a government study.

Daily Telegraph

Marriage has long been cited as a health booster, with couples living in wedded bliss more likely to live longer and have fewer emotional problems.

The Independent

The Church of England, one of the country’s biggest landowners, needs to put its house in order and sell off some of its land in response to Britain’s housing crisis, according to a newly released report.

Daily Telegraph

Teachers are prejudiced against poorer children, automatically believing that they will do worse in tests than wealthy children, new research has found.

Daily Telegraph

More than a million violent crimes a year are being edited out of the Government’s official crime figures, new research has shown, meaning true levels in England and Wales are 60 per cent higher than previously thought.

The Guardian

Growing workloads, longer hours, fewer breaks and feeling undervalued are just a few of the factors contributing to a huge amount of stress being reported by staff in public services,

Daily Telegraph

Britain is facing a ‘jobs bottleneck’ due to a lack of flexible working options, says a major new study, which has found that just 6.2 per cent of quality job vacancies in the UK mention flexible working.

Daily Telegraph

Creative people are genetically more likely to suffer from mental illness such as bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, a study suggests.

The Guardian

More people started buying drugs online in 2014 than ever before, despite the closure of the Silk Road website the previous year, according to new research.

BBC

Bright boys from poorer backgrounds in England "seriously underachieve" at GCSE, according to research from the Sutton Trust education charity.

Inside Higher Education

A survey suggests that leaders of a range of organizations internationally (including the United States) are most likely to have a degree in the social sciences, with 44 per cent of leaders holding such a credential.

University of Warwick

There is no evidence that family courts in England and Wales are discriminating against fathers because of gender bias, a new study by the University of Warwick and funded by the Nuffield Foundation has found.

The Independent

The Church of England has lost nearly two million followers in the last two years and is on the brink of "extinction", it has been warned.

The Independent

The voting system used to elect MPs to Westminster is so dysfunctional it is hastening the break-up of the United Kingdom, according to a new report.

Daily Telegraph

Tens of thousands of patients have been thrown off GP surgery lists amid crisis shortages of doctors across the country.

Daily Telegraph

"Oliver Twist scenarios" are taking place on Britain's streets as children are tasked with pickpocketing, shoplifting and begging, the anti-slavery commissioner has warned.

Daily Telegraph

The most wealthy areas in Wales and Northern Ireland are on average poorer in terms of disposable income than the most deprived areas of London, according to new official statistics.

Daily Telegraph

Around 90 per cent of British women have reported experiencing street harassment for the first time during puberty.

Daily Telegraph

Women have to wait 20 years more than men to earn their first million, according to research released today.

The Independent

The number of students at UK universities who went abroad as part of their studies soared by 50 per cent last year, according to figures released.

BBC

Young women travelling to Syria to join Islamic State often end up "domestically isolated in severe conditions", new research claims.

The Independent

The gap in literacy skills in the UK between young people neither employed or in education and those in work is the widest of any Western nation, according to a new study.

The Guardian

Over the past 30 years, the running costs of central government have risen, and as far as we know they have for councils too.

Daily Telegraph

The Conservatives more than doubled the number of ethnic minority voters it won at the election as it significantly closed the gap on Labour.

Daily Telegraph

One-in-four British soldiers, sailors and airmen want to leave the Armed Forces as soon as they can, according to a Ministry of Defence survey showing a crisis in morale.

Daily Telegraph

Nearly half of all people claiming disability benefit are doing so because they have a mental illness rather than a physical condition, a new analysis has found.

The Guardian

Almost a third of the UK population experienced income poverty in at least one year between 2010 and 2013, official data shows.

Daily Telegraph

The number of foreigners winning British citizenship has plummeted to the lowest level since 2002, new figures have disclosed.

The Independent

Almost a third of schoolchildren believe that Muslims are “taking over our country” according to the largest study of its kind carried out in the UK.

The Independent

The UK is the most unequal country in the EU, according to a new report.

The Guardian

Almost 5,000 disabled adults have been sexually abused in England in the past two years, figures have shown.

BBC

Banning mobile phones from schools has the effect of giving pupils an extra week's education over the course of an academic year, researchers say.

The Independent

UK families hold a combined wealth of more than £9.1trn – the equivalent of £326,414 for every household in the land, according to a new analysis.

The Independent

Soaring numbers of children are being taken into care despite adoptions being in freefall, according to new figures, which suggest that hundreds of vulnerable children are missing out on secure homes.

The Independent

The number of children being put forward for adoption has plummeted over the past year following a series of court rulings that have left local authorities frightened of removing them from birth families.

The Independent

Just one actor in 10 comes from a working-class background according to new research which appears to back up claims by stars such as Julie Walters, David Morrissey, Samuel West and Judi Dench that their profession is becoming increasingly closed to the less affluent.

The Guardian

Europe’s growing obesity crisis will see almost three-quarters of men and two-thirds of women in the UK being overweight in 15 years, health experts have said.

The Guardian

Living standards fell in the UK for all but the very rich under the coalition, leaving more people in financial difficulty and unable to afford basic living items, according to an academic analysis of as yet unpublished official data.

The Independent

An estimated 15,000 people died unnecessarily between December and March because they were living in homes they couldn’t afford to heat, new figures show.

BBC

Men are narrowing the gap on women when it comes to life expectancy in England and Wales, research in the Lancet indicates.

BBC

The number of older carers in England is rising, with signs the pressures of looking after loved ones is damaging their health, research suggests.

The Independent

People living in the some of the country’s richest areas will, by 2030, live more than eight years longer on average than those living in some of the poorest, leading experts have said.

The Guardian

Children who are bullied are at greater risk of mental health problems in later life than those who are maltreated by adults, according to new research.

The Guardian

The collective wealth of Britain’s richest people has more than doubled in the last 10 years, according to the Sunday Times Rich List.