Social Science in the News

The Independent

About £700m of taxpayers’ money would be saved if highly qualified women were allowed to work more flexibly, according to a report published today.

The Guardian

Some of the UK’s biggest police forces have recorded a rise in transphobic hate crimes this year, with victims subjected to assaults, verbal abuse and harassment on the street.

Sense About Science

Sense About Science has launched a new website to further its campaign to see that public policy is based on scientific evidence.

BBC

The number of homicides in London could fall below 100 in a year for the first time in more than 40 years, according to the Met Police.

The Guardian

Some people in private rental accommodation are having to cut back on food and heating to cope with rising rents, according to research by the National Housing Federation (NHF).

The Conversation

The expansion of higher education in the UK has been driven by a political desire to increase economic growth and to promote social mobility at the same time by drawing more graduates from a larger pool of talent.

The Independent

One-quarter of street lights across England have been turned off or dimmed by councils to save money on energy bills, raising fears that public safety is being put at risk.

The Guardian

The poorest 10% of households pay almost half of their gross income in tax, analysis by a campaign group claims.

BBC

The number of UK university entrants passed 500,000 for the first time in 2014, with women a third more likely to enter higher education than men, figures show.

BBC

London universities are breaking up the traditional dominance of Oxford and Cambridge, according to official figures on research excellence. The research ratings will determine the allocation of £2bn public funding for universities each year.

University of Leeds

Research finds support for attacks on civilians in the United States among people in some Muslim countries is linked to negative views of American culture rather than perceptions of its foreign policy.

The Guardian

Britain’s poorest households have suffered higher rates of inflation over the past decade than wealthier households, official research suggests.

BBC

The government's cap on benefits is providing an incentive for people to find work, new research has suggested. Studies for the Department for Work and Pensions found those affected by the cap were 41% more likely to get a job than people who were unaffected.

BBC

School pupils in the UK - and the parents who have to help them - get more homework than many other European countries, according to the OECD international think tank.

ESRC

Do you want to be part of decision making that will address the big social and economic questions facing us today, helping build a globally competitive, knowledge-based UK economy?

The Guardian

More than a third of people playing high-speed, high-stakes betting machines experience problems with their gambling, according to industry-funded research released on Wednesday.

The Independent

Black and minority ethnic lawyers are nearly four times less likely to be appointed as judges than white candidates, according to the latest statistics from the Judicial Appointments Commission, prompting calls for targets to be introduced.

Daily Mail

Poverty affects the intelligence of children as young as two, a study has found - and its impact increases as the child ages.

Times Higher

George Osborne, the chancellor, has announced that the government will introduce a postgraduate loans system offering £10,000 to young students.

The Independent

Reported crimes motivated by racism, religion and homophobia have significantly increased in London over the past year, a new report has warned.

The Independent

Muslims are facing the worst job discrimination of any minority group in Britain, according to research which found that they had the lowest chance of being in work or in a managerial role.

BBC

Net migration to the UK rose to 260,000 in the year to June - an increase of 78,000 on the previous year.

The Independent

More than half the children born at the turn of the millennium had experienced poverty by the time they reached the age of 11, says a new report.

The Independent

Many young people are giving up on live TV and radio, instead choosing digital services where they can choose watch they watch, according to new research.

BBC

School uniforms instil discipline and improve performance. Streaming pupils gets better results. Teaching assistants take the strain off hard-working teachers and help children learn. Wrong. Wrong. Wrong.

The Conversation

Which country pays the closest attention to the needs of older people and makes the best use of their skills?

The Guardian

Insecure, low-paid jobs are leaving record numbers of working families in poverty, with two-thirds of people who found work in the past year taking jobs for less than the living wage, according to the latest annual report from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

The Guardian

One in three women have experienced physical or sexual violence from their partner, while 7% will be assaulted at some point in their lives by a non-partner, say the authors of a new series of papers in the Lancet.

The Independent

Obesity costs Britain’s economy £47bn a year; more than war, terrorism or armed violence, a new study has found.

The Independent

The gap between men and women’s earnings is at its lowest level since records began, official figures show.

The Independent

An increasing number of young people are being made homeless after running into financial problems caused by welfare reforms, according to a report.

BBC

The poorest people in society have eight fewer teeth than the richest by the time they reach their 70s, a study has suggested.

The Independent

A tenth of British men have admitted to paying for sex, according to a new study.

BBC

More than 800,000 - or one in five - of all crimes reported to the police each year are not being recorded by officers, a report suggests.

Daily Mail

Only one in 20 unwed parents will stay together until their first-born is 15 and less than half of today's 20-year-olds will marry.

Politics.co.uk

An ESRC video says social science came up with the idea that became the National Health Service.

British Psychological Society

The conversations that mothers have with their daughters tend to contain more emotional words and content, than the conversations they have with their sons.

The Guardian

The number of children being bullied on the internet has doubled in the past year, with more than one in three victims, research suggests.

The Guardian

The success of London teenagers who achieve significantly better GCSE results than the rest of England is due to the ethnic diversity in the capital’s schools.

The Guardian

Only one in four workers who were low-paid a decade ago went on to escape and move on to higher pay.

The Independent

A government crackdown on legal “loan sharks” will leave poor families without any access to credit, despite being unable to manage on their shrinking incomes.

Nesta

£1.74bn will have been raised through alternative finance intermediaries – including crowdfunding, peer-to-peer lending and invoice trading – by the end of 2014, shows new research.

The Independent

Nearly a fifth of young people in the UK have slept rough in the past year, says research.

The Independent

Young people are increasingly likely to slip down the social ladder as they enter adulthood because there is now so little room at the top of the best careers, a study has found.

The Guardian

The number of people living in dire poverty in Britain is 300,000 more than previously thought due to poorer households facing a higher cost of living than the well off, according to a study.

ESRC

The ESRC Festival of Social Science will be taking place across the UK from 1-8 November 2014,

Nuffield Foundation

University students from poorer backgrounds are more likely to drop out and less likely to graduate with a first or upper second class degree than their peers from more affluent backgrounds.

BBC

Immigrants from the 10 countries which joined the EU in 2004 contributed more to the UK than they took out in benefits, according to a new study.

The Guardian

Working shifts significantly damages people’s ability to think and remember, and doing so for at least a decade “ages” the brain by an extra six and a half years, new research has found.

The Independent

Around five million British workers are not paid enough to cover their basic needs, according to a report due out tomorrow.

Channel 4

FactCheck: have you been swamped by EU migrants?. In 25 of the 321 areas of England and Wales for which we have data, more than 10 per cent of residents were born in another EU member state.

BBC

UK graduates who went to private schools earn thousands of pounds more, on average, than their state-educated peers, research finds.

The Guardian

A majority of people believe the gap between the richest Britons and the rest of the country has a corrosive effect on society and the economy,

ESRC

Why are the Danes naturally more cheerful than the Brits, and why are we in turn more upbeat than the French?

Daily Mail

People with low incomes are more prone to ill health due to the stress associated with 'keeping up with the Joneses' rather than their lack of money, according to Scottish researchers.

The Independent

According to a poll of Anglican clergy as many as 16 per cent are unclear about God and two per cent think it is no more than a human construct.

The Guardian

Child poverty has increased in 23 countries in the developed world since the start of the global recession in 2008.

LSE

Those who remain in work year on year have been seeing the greatest pay increases.

BBC

A record five million UK workers are now in low-paid jobs, research from a think tank suggests.

The Guardian

More than a million people over 50 have been pushed out of work, costing the UK economy billions.

The Independent

Discrimination against gypsies and travellers is the last bastion of "acceptable" racism in Britain, according to research published today.

The Independent

Record numbers of women are now in the British workforce following an increase of nearly 800,000 over the last four years.

Forbes

Employees who work in offices with natural lighting and greenery reported a 13% higher level of well-being and are 8% more productive overall.

The Guardian

The government is launching a £1m advertising campaign to tackle benefit fraud. But is it money well spent?

BBC

Allowing UK cities to make their own decisions on tax and spending could boost economic growth by £79bn a year by 2030, a year-long study has concluded.

LSE

House prices fall by around 5-6% within 2km of a windfarm, by less than 2% in the range 2-4km and by less than 1% at 14km, which is the limit of likely visibility.

The Independent

Evidence collected by academics suggests that people find the right work-life balance at 58 years old, towards the end of their working lives.

The Guardian

Crime in England and Wales is at its lowest level since 1981 after a record 16% fall in the last 12 months, according to the Office for National Statistics.

The Guardian

One in every two youngsters in the most socially deprived areas live in families struggling below the poverty line, according to new research that maps the extent of financial hardship in the UK.

Open University

A survey of 225 owners and managers indicates that the EU is by far the most important export market for the UK’s small and medium-sized businesses, with 40% engaged on a regular or occasional basis and 9 out of 10 (91%) of these firms trading with other EU nations.

British Psychological Society

Men are perceived as more attractive by young women if they have a popular female partner, says a study published today in the British Journal of Psychology.

The Guardian

Britain is the only country in the G7 group of leading economies where inequality has increased this century, according to a report published on Tuesday.

University of Bath

Since the financial crisis in 2008, Britain has experienced an unprecedented and protracted fall in ‘real wages’ – those adjusted for inflation – by up to 10 per cent.

The Guardian

The number of men over the age of 50 suffering from severe loneliness in England will increase to more than 1 million in the next 15 years, research based on government statistics has revealed.

The Independent

The “jobs gap” since the start of the recession has finally closed as Britain’s recovery reaches an important milestone, according to a study.

BBC

The number of shops on the High Street declined dramatically in the first nine months of this year, a survey suggests.

BBC

Eleven times more people die on country roads in England and Wales than on motorways, figures released by the Department for Transport. show.

The Independent

The upper echelons of the judiciary has often been accused of being an “old boys’” club, but just how one sided it really is has been laid bare in a new report.

BBC

Parents feel unable to make children study by blocking internet access, as homework often requires online research, a survey suggests.

The Guardian

A father’s level of education is the strongest factor determining a child’s future success at school, creating a self-reinforcing cycle of poverty and lack of achievement passed down from parents to children in Britain, according to research.

Science Daily

A 'devastating' number of hate crimes are committed by people closer to home than many would like to believe, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Leicester.

The Guardian

Outsourcing is often held up by those who propound it as a miracle driver of public service efficiency and innovation. But according to a new study, the primary motives of contracting out are far less noble.

Times Higher

Most academic leaders at English universities come from the arts, humanities and social sciences, disproportionately outweighing their colleagues from science, figures show.

The Independent

Two-thirds of young Scottish voters plan to vote No in the referendum, according to a study

The Independent

One in four UK students have experienced unwelcome sexual advances.

The Independent

Taking public transport instead of driving to work appears to make people happier and helps them to sleep better, according to a new study

The Guardian

There are only six people who are non-white in the top 268 leadership roles in the most prominent public bodies such as the Bank Of England, NHS England and the BBC, a study says.

University of Warwick

A new study has found that children who revealed they had been bullied by their brothers or sisters several times a week or more during early adolescence were twice as likely to report being clinically depressed as young adults.

The Independent

Britain is facing a literacy crisis which will leave nearly 1.5 million 11-year-olds unable to read properly by 2025, unless action is taken,

British Psychological Society

Primary school children's performance in tests is no indication of how they will fare in later life, according to new research from Professor Richard Cowan of the Institute of Education.

3News.co.uk

Sir Peter Gluckman, Chief Science Advisor, to the Prime Minister of New Zealand, has stressed how important social science is for tackling the world's problems. He was attending the inaugural Science Advice to Governments conference in Auckland.

NatCen

NatCen has published a series of graphics illustrating data from the British Social Attitudes survey.

BBC

The UK has edged up the global rankings in a major annual survey by the World Economic Forum (WEF).

The Guardian

Schoolchildren are spending almost 50% more time inside a car on the morning school run today than their parents' generation did.

London School of Economics

The newly-launched Election Forecast UK predicts another hung parliament is more likely than not (68 per cent) and that the Conservatives will edge Labour in seats (301 to 294).

The Guardian

Parents are increasingly struggling to pay for their children's school uniforms, lunches and study equipment, a report on child poverty will warn this autumn.

The Observer

The proportion of workers aged 21 to 30 who are now classed as low paid has more than tripled over the past four decades, according to new research that helps to explain why many young people are locked out of the housing market.

The Independent

There is no evidence that Government investment in new education structures such as academies and free schools has had any impact on pupil performance.

BBC

There was a "significant" rise in net migration into the UK in 2013/14 to 243,000 from 175,000 the year before, government statisticians say.

The Independent

Britain is lagging behind Equatorial Guinea, Madagascar and Kyrgyzstan in its efforts to increase the number of women in politics, a report reveals today.