June 15th, 2015

Sharon Witherspoon

Following recent discussions about strategic issues within the Nuffield Foundation, Sharon Witherspoon has decided to step down as its Director. The Foundation Chairman, Professor David Rhind, warmly praised Sharon’s many contributions to the Foundation throughout her 19 years there; a summary of these contributions and achievements is annexed. The decision is entirely amicable on both sides.

June 12th

Being a parent – before and after a split

Fathers who are actively involved in bringing up their young children are more likely in the event of a split from their partner to keep in regular contact with their child. Meanwhile mothers who separate from their child’s father have a poorer view of their abilities as a parent than those who stay in their relationship.

These are two of the key findings from a project funded by the Nuffield Foundation on parenting, which examines these questions for the first time in the UK. 

June 3rd

Vulnerable children and the collateral damage of the “no recourse to public funds” policy

Thousands of children – many of them British citizens – become trapped in a situation of poverty and vulnerability when their parents are precluded from working or accessing benefits, a study published today by the Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS) at the University of Oxford reveals.

June 2nd

Fathers' parenting before and after separation: free evening seminar from the Social Research Association

Levels of separation and divorce continue to rise, with almost half of children born today likely to experience parental separation. There is great concern about how to help fathers to stay involved in their children’s lives. 

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.