March 17th, 2017

Nuffield students win prizes at the Big Bang UK Young Scientists & Engineers Competition

Congratulations to all of our Nuffield Research Placement students who were finalists in last night’s Big Bang Competition at the NEC in Birmingham.

March 15th

Public sector pay now falling as short lived post-crash recovery comes to an end

A combination of rising inflation and pay restraint means that average real pay is now falling in the public sector, and is expected to continue falling over the next three years, according to Resolution Foundation’s latest Earning Outlook published today.

March 1st

Nuffield Research Placement students reach final of Big Bang Competition

Congratulations to all our Nuffield Research Placements students who have made it to the finals of this year’s Big Bang Competition (previously known as The National Science & Engineering Competition).

New pregnancy testing technique needs limits says ethics body

A new report on non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) by the Nuffield Council on Bioethics expresses concerns about the way the test is being sold by private providers. In addition, the Council calls for better information and support; calls for a moratorium on the use of NIPT in sequencing the whole genome of fetuses; and calls for a ban on its use in finding out the sex of the fetus.

UK-wide study shows huge postcode disparity in proportion of children in care

A study by seven British universities and has revealed significant inequalities in child welfare across the UK, with children in the poorest areas at least 10 times more likely than those in the most affluent to become involved in the child protection system. The study is funded by the Nuffield Foundation.

February 27th

FE and sixth forms to suffer from 30 years without additional funding

School funding is in the headlines again as the government tries to rationalise the current system. This rationalisation is long overdue but it is happening at a time when funding is tighter than at any time over the last 30 years. The inevitable result is that some schools will lose out.

February 13th

Staff qualifications and Ofsted ratings of nursery schools do not determine how well children do at school

Attending a nursery with highly qualified staff or an outstanding Ofsted rating has a limited benefit for children’s educational achievement, according to research published today by the University of Surrey and funded by the Nuffield Foundation.

February 9th

Spending cuts to accelerate as tax burden rises to highest level in over 30 years

The IFS Green Budget 2017, produced in association with ICAEW and funded by the Nuffield Foundation with analysis from Oxford Economics, is published today.

February 3rd

Differences in the way the tax system treats the self-employed, owner-managers and employees are costly, inefficient and unfair

Employees still make up 85% of the workforce. But over the last eight years 39% of the growth in the workforce has come from the self employed and company owner-managers. Some of this may be due to growth in the so-called gig economy, but that is by no means the whole story, according to analysis presented in the Nuffield-funded IFS Green Budget.

February 2nd

Professor Dame Sally Macintyre appointed first Chair of the Governing Board of The Nuffield Council of Bioethics

Professor Dame Sally Macintyre, FRSE FMedSci, has been appointed as the first Chair of the Governing Board of The Nuffield Council of Bioethics (NCoB).