March 28th

The Nuffield Foundation announces new £5 million Ada Lovelace Institute to examine profound ethical and social issues arising from the use of data, algorithms, and artificial intelligence, and to ensure they are harnessed for social well-being

The new Institute is named after Ada Lovelace, the 19th Century mathematician widely regarded as one of the first computer scientists. The first of its kind in the UK, the Institute will: 

  • Convene diverse voices to build a shared understanding of the ethical questions raised by the application of data, algorithms, and artificial intelligence (AI). 

March 23rd

New review of evidence of what works in maths teaching

Using calculators in maths lessons can boost pupils’ calculation and problem-solving skills, but they need to be used in a thoughtful and considered way, according to a review of the evidence published by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) today. Much of the work in the review was funded by the Nuffield Foundation.

March 21st

Children from rich families much more likely to secure grammar school places as they reap rewards from private tutoring

Research funded by the Nuffield Foundation reveals the huge advantage rich families gain by using private tutors in the race for grammar school places.

A new paper from the UCL Institute of Education shows that private tutoring means pupils from high-income families are much more likely to get into grammar schools than equally bright pupils from low-income families.  

Reduce working hours to tackle teacher retention, suggests new research

According to a new Nuffield-funded study by the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER), teachers work the longest hours at 50 hours per week during term time, followed by police officers (44) and nurses (39). Working long hours over prolonged periods, as teachers are doing, can create pressure and stress, with potential negative effects on health and well-being, all of which may impact on staff retention.

March 19th

Nuffield student Emily Xu named GSK UK Young Scientist of the Year

Congratulations to Emily Xu who has been named GSK UK Young Scientist of the Year 2018 at The Big Bang Fair in Birmingham.

Emily, who attends James Allen’s Girls’ School in London, undertook a Nuffield Research Placement at Imperial College London under the supervision of Bradley Ladewig in the Department of Chemical Engineering.

February 13th

The Nuffield Family Justice Observatory

The Nuffield Foundation has today set out its plans to establish a Family Justice Observatory that will support the best possible decisions for children by improving the use of data and research evidence in the family justice system in England and Wales.

February 8th

How transparent is government in sharing evidence behind policies?

A new report, funded by the Nuffield Foundation, scores 94 government policies produced by 12 departments, to assess how transparent they were about the evidence behind the policy.

February 7th

Government should review "meagre" data collection about dads, demands major study

The Government should review data collection on families by all publicly-funded bodies, which currently risk failing millions of children because they typically gather such weak information about fathers.

February 5th

Priorities for our 75th year: a message from our Chief Executive, Tim Gardam

I would like to update all our partners and stakeholders on our plans for 2018 as we work to implement our strategic plan. At its heart remains our mission to advance social-wellbeing by funding research and student programmes in Education, Welfare, and Justice (applicants will want to note changes to our grants timetable for Justice outline applications).