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March 7, 2013
» The answer is blowin’ in the wind

Recently I discovered a story about wind farms that suggested that there was a “…possibility that hundreds of derelict wind turbines, coated with indestructible toxic chemicals, will be left rotting on Welsh mountains for hundreds of years.” The basis of … Continue reading

October 24, 2012
» Only the juciest cherrys picked: guaranteed!

There has been a bit of a flap amongst certain types of blogs over the past weekend. This has been mostly centred on an article and update that appeared in the Mail on Sunday, claiming as certain types are wont … Continue reading

February 1, 2011
» What a difference a year makes.

This post is a belated update to the lies, damn lies, and statistics post from the end of last year. The below figure has been updated with the temperature anomaly for 2010, and we can see that it sits just … Continue reading

December 16, 2010
» Lies, damn lies, and statistics.

In his 1954 book “How to lie with statistics,” Darrell Huff devotes a chapter to the “Gee-Whiz” graph. He shows that by truncating figures and altering the proportions between axis that it is possible to create a misleading impression without … Continue reading

April 27, 2009
» Blog: Glamlife statistics ... featuring …

Those using Glamlife on a regular basis can’t fail to have noticed all the changes that have taken place recently. One thing goes on unchanged though: we don’t shirk on our commitment to provide you with Glamlife usage statistics. The latest figures have now been posted and are available for downloading: March web stats.

But we were talking of changes… apart from the fact that the homepage of Glamlife looks very different, especially its constantly-changing promo area, it now carries an extra element. The graphic promos no longer just lead to information or links to websites: we now also have a features page.

This addition to Glamlife allows us to post magazine-style articles. These will be about student life, and the achievements of students and recent graduates . We hope this will be of interest to you. The most recent features were written by members of the Glamlife team, but we’re very keen to give student journalists and writers a chance to showcase their work. If you have a story – perhaps you’ve done something remarkable, or you know something you think others might find interesting – please let us know at glamlife@glam.ac.uk. We can then either write a feature, or help you produce one that can be published on Glamlife. We’re always looking for new articles to run.

We’d really like to know what you think of the new page, and of the feature articles we have posted so far. You can leave a comment below, or email us on glamlife@glam.ac.uk. (Comments on the blog may appear after a delay, as we screen them for spam manually.)

March 23, 2009
» Blog: Union election results - the Glamlife effect

If you’re a student and you’ve voted last week, you’ve probably already visited the Students’ Union’s website to check the election results. Or, if you prefer, you can watch the video recording of the election night party where results were announced.

If you have some feedback or comments about the elections, Bob Davies in the Students’ Union has set up a Facebook Group for election feedback.

In the meantime, we’re delighted that the elections have been a success. And what a success they’ve been:

  • The number of total votes (in all contests) has gone up from 2775 to 5426 (compared to last year)
  • The number of valid votes in the presidential election alone has gone up from 396 to 1138

Online voting has boosted participation by a huge margin. In the office, everyone is talking about ‘the Glamlife effect’ – and what other things it could or should be used for. Have you got any suggestions? Let us know. Email glamlife@glam.ac.uk

March 11, 2009
» Blog: Of statistics and a goat

First things first – the title of this blog posting is not meant to imply that a goat ate our homework. In fact, our homework is all present and correct and right here:

Glamlife web stats

(OK, so maybe not all present: The computer ate some of our data. Hopefully this should not happen again, and stats will be posted here regularly from now on.)

The title of this blog posting is, in fact, partially a reference to a strange and mysterious creature that has been seen on campus. Every week, we get an email in the Glamlife office, telling us how many students have filled in the National Student Survey so far. And every week, there are a few enigmatic words in there: “The goat will continue to visit lectures and foyers in a building near you.”

Some in depth research reveals that the Students’ Union has a new mascot. Gandolf the Goat (yes, with an ‘o’) has been selected as replacement for Gary the Glamorgan Badger. We’re not quite sure what to make of this goat – there have been rumours that he has already got into a scuffle with another mascot at a sports match (and won, of course). Meanwhile, the Students’ Union have sent us a few photos of a goat who looks very pleased with himself, and has a knack for posing…

Unfortunately, the Glamlife team have not yet had a chance to meet the goat in person. That honour is reserved mostly for final year students who have not yet filled in the National Student Survey. Gandolf is the last line of defence: When promos on Glamlife don’t do the trick, when news items are not read, emails and phone calls ignored, then Gandolf swoops in, like a furry superhero, and tries to get the message across. So, if you have not yet done so, please take ten minutes to fill in the National Student Survey. Or the goat will get you…

September 12, 2008

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» FP7 Socio-economic Sciences and Humanities 2009

Funding Source: Seventh Research Framework Programme (FP7), European Commission


Under the SSH theme of the Co-operation Specific Programme, three calls for proposals were issued on 3 September 2008.

Call Identifier: FP7-SSH-2009-A

Collaborative research projects and Research for the Benefit of Specific Groups – Civil Society Organisations

There are seven main activities/areas for this call:

1. Growth, employment and competitiveness in a knowledge society

Topics include: Growth and Service industries and public economic policy

2. Combining economic, social and environmental objectives in a European perspective – paths towards sustainable development

Topics include: Impacts of corporate social responsibility and social inequalities

3. Major trends in society and their implications

Topics include: Changes in consumer markets, tolerance and cultural diversity and religion

4. Europe and the world

Topics include: Competition and collaboration in access to oil, gas and mineral resources and Perspectives from outside the EU on human rights, democracy and peace

5. The Citizen in the European Union

Topics include: Independent media and democracy in Europe and Culture in the creation of a European space of communication

6. Socio-economic and scientific indicators

Topics include: European service sectors and data management for statistics

7. Foresight activities

Topics include: The world and Europe in 2025 and Foresight on the long term challenges for the Mediterranean area

Budget: EUR 55m

Deadline: 13 January 2009, 17.00 Brussels local time.

Call identifier: FP7-SSH-2009-B

Collaborative Projects (Small or Medium-Scale Focused Research Projects) for Specific Cooperation Actions Dedicated to International Cooperation

There are two main activities/areas for this call:

1. Combining economic, social and environmental objectives in a European perspective: paths towards sustainable development

Topic: Cities and sustainable Development

2. Europe and the world

Topic: Climate induced changes in water resources in southern Europe and neighbouring countries as a threat to security (Topic coordinated with the Environment work programme topic ENV.2009.

Budget: EUR 6m

Deadline: 13 January 2009, 17.00 Brussels local time.

Call identifier: FP7-SSH-2009-C

Co-ordination and Support Actions

There are four main activities/areas for this call:

1. Major trends in society and their implications

Topic: Social platform on research for families and family policies

2. Europe in the world

Topic: Geopolitics and the role of Europe in a changing world

3. Foresight Activities

Topic: Consolidating the information system for foresight

4. Horizontal Actions

Topic: Measures to support the dissemination of research results

Budget: EUR 6.22m

Deadline: 13 January 2009, 17.00 Brussels local time.

For more detailed information on each call, please consult CORDIS for the key documents under this theme which include the call fiche, work programme, fact sheet and guide for applicants, using the identifier code above.

Funder Link: CORDIS

EuRO recommends that anyone who is interested in accessing EU funding makes contact with the European Office in plenty of time prior to the submission deadline to fully benefit from our professional advice and support.

If you are interested in applying please contact the Research Office for an External Funding Application Submission (EFAS) form or call ext. 3713.