Latest Economic and Social Research Council Stories

2008-09-05 11:30:00

The British government has invested more money in Interactive Whiteboards (IWBs) in its schools than any other government in the world. But is this huge investment worth it? Have the new data projection technologies allowed students to learn more effectively? This is the subject of recent research, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council. 'These IWBs have had a meteoric rise in popularity in schools,' says Sara Hennessy who carried out the project with Rosemary Deaney of Cambridge...

2008-07-24 00:00:00

A university academic is to study low-cost airlines' social responsibility after receiving a grant from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). Dr Tim Coles, from the University of Exeter, will use a pounds96,000 research grant to work with Exeter-based carrier Flybe and examine the contribution low-cost airlines make to local economies and communities. Dr Coles will also look at the importance of the service they provide in isolated regions and the opportunities low-cost...

Word of the Day
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'