New ‘Cost of a Child in Scotland’ research finds rising costs outstrip additional Holyrood support for families
A new report commissioned by the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) in Scotland from the Centre for Research in Social Policy at Loughborough University has found a widening gap between the cost of raising a child in Scotland and actual family incomes, despite the significant impact of Scottish government policies and lower childcare costs.
The UK’s cost of living support won’t protect the poorest – here’s what the government should do instead
UK households have faced unprecedented blows to their living standards in 2022. Home energy costs have more than doubled and are threatening to triple, the price of petrol has risen by more than half since the start of last year and overall price inflation is heading for double digits.
Theatre audiences with accessibility needs risk returning to pre-pandemic levels of exclusion
A new report published by researchers from Loughborough and Kent universities recommends that theatres, arts organisations and funders should prioritise digital innovations to allow vulnerable audiences better access to live shows.
Research by Loughborough finds families are facing increases in costs of £400 per month
Families with children are paying up to £400 more per month to meet the cost of basic items such as food, rent and heating. The impacts of inflation are being felt sooner and harder by those on the lowest incomes, who spend a higher proportion of their incomes on essential items.
Excellent results for Criminology, Sociology and Social Policy in Research Excellence Framework 2021
Criminology, Sociology and Social Policy have achieved excellent results in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021 with 100% of our Social Policy research impact assessed ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’
Low-income families face cost of living crisis without the government support they had in the pandemic
Families faced with uncertainties about how they can make ends meet with soaring living costs are not getting the kind of backup from the government that helped them survive the pandemic, a study has found.
New research finds 90,000 people die in poverty in the UK each year
The report published by end-of-life charity Marie Curie and based on research carried out by Loughborough University revealed that people of working age are at a high risk, with more than 1 in 4 (28%) of this group dying in poverty.
As fuel prices and living costs rise, Loughborough produces official calculations for measuring fuel poverty in remote areas
Calculations of how much more it costs to live in remote areas of Scotland have been published by the Scottish Government, using Loughborough’s research on the minimum cost of living.
New doctoral training centre on equality and diversity
We are pleased to announce that the University is establishing a new mini-Centre of Doctoral Training (mini-CDT) to support research into Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. This Centre is led by Dr Line Nyhagen (Reader in Sociology) and will involve sociology staff together with a multidisciplinary team across the university to promote research in this important area.
New report provides evidence-base for Child First approach in youth justice systems
Responding to young people that come into contact with the Youth Justice System as ‘children’ and not ‘offenders’ can enhance lives, reduce offending, promote safer communities and lead to fewer victims, a new report states.
Sociology at Loughborough achieves 100% overall satisfaction rate in National Student Survey 2019
Sociology at Loughborough University has once again achieved high results in the recently published National Student Survey 2019, being awarded an outstanding 100% overall satisfaction rate, making it 1st in the UK for Overall Satisfaction in Sociology.
Dr Thomas Thurnell-Read wins award at Loughborough Academic Awards
Dr Thomas Thurnell-Read, Lecturer in Cultural Sociology and Programme Director for Social and Policy Studies, has proudly won the ‘Extra Mile’ award at the Loughborough Academic Awards, held on Thursday 16th May by the Loughborough Students’ Union (LSU).
Professor Donald Hirsch’s research on the Living Wage named one of UK's most important academic accomplishments
Loughborough work to establish the UK Living Wage – based on the minimum income needed to support a basic lifestyle – has been named as one of the country’s most important academic accomplishments.