June 2nd

Study finds English family courts not discriminating against fathers

There is no evidence that family courts in England and Wales are discriminating against fathers because of gender bias, a new study by the University of Warwick and funded by the Nuffield Foundation has found.

Dr Maebh Harding, from the School of Law, reviewed almost 200 case files from 2011 and concluded that contact applications by fathers were in fact “overwhelmingly successful”.

May 20th

New funding programmes in Economic Advantage and Disadvantage and the Finances of Ageing

We have launched two new funding programmes, Economic Advantage and Disadvantage, and Finances of Ageing. Both are open to applications for research and innovation projects.

May 14th

Children's views should shape how research is conducted

A new report by the Nuffield Council on Bioethics calls for a change in culture across all areas of children’s health research, so that children’s and young people’s views and opinions can help to shape how research is prioritised, designed and reviewed.

April 24th

Greater transparency needed in Court of Protection

Researchers at the School of Law and Politics at Cardiff University have published a report which recommends an overhaul in the way that the Court of Protection currently works with the media in England and Wales. The report, funded by the Nuffield Foundation, is a result of a round table discussion which took place in September 2014.

April 23rd

Public finance plans of Conservatives, Labour, Liberal Democrats and SNP leave much unanswered

With the deficit in 2014–15 still at 5% of national income all these parties have pledged to reduce it over the coming parliament. New research, published today by the IFS and funded by the Nuffield Foundation, analyses the public finance implications of these political parties’ election manifesto commitments, and sets out the size and composition of the future fiscal tightening that each appears to be planning.

March 26th

School spending per pupil in England protected to date; cuts of 7% or more possible in next parliament

Overall current or day-to-day school spending in England has been remarkably well protected under the coalition government. Between 2010–11 and 2014–15, there has been a 0.6% real-terms increase in current spending per pupil, though capital spending has been cut by over one third in real-terms. Over the next parliament, current spending on schools could be squeezed harder.

March 25th

Older people value apprenticeships but training quality must improve says new report

The first piece of major research on adult apprentices in this country, carried out by the UCL Institute of Education (IOE) and funded by the Nuffield Foundation, has found that 45% of all apprentices are 25 and over, with 3,000 taken by the over 60s in 2012/13.

The study, Does apprenticeship work for adults? looks at the key factors that motivate employers to provide adult apprenticeships as part of their workforce planning and the views and experiences of adults on training schemes.

March 20th

School funding increases in England targeted at most deprived and led to particularly large increases in non-teaching staff

School funding per pupil in England has increased substantially since the millennium. More dramatic than the average increase in funding was the increased focus on deprived schools over the 2000s. This trend started well before the pupil premium was introduced in 2010.

March 16th

March 12th

Unequal legacy of crisis leaves young with economic mountain to climb

People in their twenties have been the worst affected by the economic crisis despite higher qualifications than any earlier generation, according to a comprehensive LSE analysis of what has happened to inequalities in qualifications, employment, pay, incomes and wealth since 2007.