December 5th, 2016

Reaction to Pearson’s decision to develop new AS and A-levels in statistics

Today, Monday 5 December 2016, the British Academy, Academy of Social Sciences, Royal Statistical Society, Nuffield Foundation and Nesta welcomed the decision made by Pearson to develop new AS and A-level specifications in statistics for teaching from September 2017.

December 1st

Study finds missed opportunities: why children in care need early education

Opportunities to narrow the achievement gap between looked after children (children in care) and their peers are being missed because too many of them do not receive good quality early education places, says research funded by the Nuffield Foundation.

November 23rd

Family Background and University Success: seminar and book launch Monday 5 December

The Nuffield Foundation and the Institute for Fiscal Studies are hosting a seminar on Monday 5 December (13.30 - 16.30) to bring together the latest quantitative evidence on the size of the socio-economic gaps in university access and success in England, and what drives them.

How well does government show its working?

The first ever review of whether the UK government is transparent about its use of evidence when developing policies finds that the public and researchers would struggle to follow the government’s reasoning, with standards of transparency varying widely between and within departments.

November 22nd

Criminal justice system deals with fewer than two per cent of detected fraudsters

Fewer than two per cent of people who are caught committing fraud are dealt with by the criminal justice system, according to a new study from the University of Portsmouth and funded by the Nuffield Foundation.

The research found only 15,696 fraud offenders were dealt with by the criminal justice system in 2014-15, with a further 162,869 if TV licence evasion was also included.

November 15th

Current levels of vegetable consumption and production pose threat to children's health

Nuffield-funded organisation the Food Foundation has published new statistics on consumption and production of vegetables that reveal a serious threat to children's health:

October 31st

Should the planned cap on liability for care costs be uniform across England?

A new briefing paper presenting data on regional variations in care costs has been published by the Care and State Pension Reform project (CASPeR) as part of a project funded by the Nuffield Foundation.

October 26th

Leading statistics experts urge reconsideration of decision to drop A-level Statistics

The British Academy, Academy of Social Sciences, Royal Statistical Society, Nuffield Foundation and Nesta have today (26 October) urged AQA to reconsider its decision to abandon AS and A-Level Statistics.

Their statement highlights the importance of statistical skills to the UK economy in an increasingly data driven-age, citing figures from the Centre for Business and Economic Research which estimate that 58,000 jobs per year are likely to be created in the ‘big data’ marketplace between 2012 and 2017.

October 19th

Twenty years of Nuffield Research Placements

This summer around 1,200 sixth formers and college students have undertaken Nuffield Research Placements in science (including social science), technology, engineering and maths (STEM) at workplaces across the UK.  

October 7th

Social change and public engagement with policy and evidence

RAND Europe has undertaken a review for Sense about Science and the Nuffield Foundation, ‘Social change and public engagement with policy and evidence’.

As Professor Tom Ling says in the introduction, “In the UK there is something of a moral panic, an anxiety that we now have a public that delights in rejecting experts … this is a good time to step back and reflect on how the public engage with policy and evidence”.