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August 26th

A summer of inspiration for the STEM researchers of the future

As August draws to a close so does another successful summer of Nuffield Research Placements. Nearly 1,200 sixth formers and college students have undertaken research placements in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) at workplaces across the UK.  

August 20th

Use of Research Evidence in the Family Justice System

Court decision-making within the Family Justice System can have a profound influence on the lives of families and children. However, there is relatively limited research capacity to address the fundamental questions in family justice.

The Family Justice Review in 2011 highlighted a need for:

August 19th

Key professions losing staff due to lack of support for student mothers

Key professions such as nursing, teaching and social work are losing thousands of potential recruits as student mothers drop out of higher education due to a lack of support from universities.

August 14th

Can reading difficulties at primary school be predicted by vocabulary skills in infants?

Vocabulary skills in one- and two-year-olds are related to later achievement in reading and language at primary schools, although the relationship is not strong enough to justify using measurement of infant vocabulary to identify individual children at risk of language or reading difficulties. 

These findings are from a research project led by Professor Kate Nation at the University of Oxford and funded by the Nuffield Foundation.

August 11th

Worried parents are restricting children's freedom

New international research by Policy Studies Institute has revealed that parents in England are more restrictive than those in other European countries, granting their children less freedom to travel and play in their local neighbourhood unaccompanied by adults.