Young online gaming fans become more tolerant when respected figures in the industry demonstrate diversity and acceptance, new research has found.
Significant concerns over the scale of recent immigration have brought about calls for a more selective approach to who is let in to the United Kingdom. But do we really want migrants who come to the UK to be just like us?
Whilst many argue that character building should be a key part of a child’s education, there is still much debate about how this might be achieved. Are after school clubs the key or could things like becoming a cadet or a Scout be the way forward?
Richard Hoggart, one of Britain’s foremost post-war public intellectuals and author of The Uses of Literacy, has died aged 95. Dr Michael Bailey, one of the country’s leading experts on his work, discusses his legacy.
Why do some people volunteer more than others? A new working paper from the Third Sector Research Centre at the University of Birmingham uses data and interviews with 50 people aged 50 from the National Child Development Study to explore the issue.
Does internet use make older people less or more lonely? A new paper finds social isolation is lower among internet users aged 65 or over, and may be a useful way of reducing social isolation. Researchers found those who used the internet regularly reported greater life satisfaction.
The Alliance for Useful evidence devoted its Christmas party to a discussion on what constitutes good evidence for policy-makers – and to a discussion of some examples of what doesn’t. Carey Oppenheim, Chief Executive of the Early Intervention Foundation, reflects on the event and on her own organisation’s evidence-based work.
We perceive our lives to be changing more rapidly than previous generations. As the ESRC launches its Britain in 2014 publication Raj Patel, Impact Fellow with the UK’s household longitudinal study Understanding Society, asks whether that really is the case.
Revelations that the US security agency tapped the mobile phone calls of the German Chancellor led to an outraged response: “Spying between friends: that’s just not done,” Angela Merkel retorted. Research being showcased this week suggests the German Chancellor’s words may highlight cultural differences in what is considered rude or offensive.
If we want to have a proper civic conversation, it’s time to do something about the critical shortage of social scientists with the skills needed to analyse and evaluate data argues David Walker.