November 4th, 2014

Students from poorer backgrounds do less well at university

Amongst those who go to university, students from less affluent backgrounds are more likely to drop out and less likely to graduate with a first or upper second class degree than their peers from more affluent backgrounds. This is true even amongst those on the same course who arrived at university with similar grades. These are the main findings of new research published today by the Institute for Fiscal Studies and funded by the Nuffield Foundation.

October 30th

Higher earnings for public school graduates

Graduates who went to private schools earn substantially more than those who went to state schools. Part of that difference is explained by the fact that, on average, they attend more prestigious universities and study subjects which tend to be more highly rewarded.

October 28th

Rise and demise of the National Scholarship Programme

The increase of tuition fees to £9,000 in 2012 was accompanied by a major change to the support for disadvantaged students. Universities were required to provide details of their proposed financial support schemes and access programmes before they were allowed to charge higher fees, and the government introduced a National Scholarship Programme (NSP), designed to offer additional financial support to students via their universities. 

October 22nd

Free childcare for 3-year-olds: no long term benefits for child development

A report presented to the House of Lords today reveals that free part-time nursery places for three-year-olds enabled some children to do better in assessments at the end of Reception, but overall educational benefits are small and do not last.

September 29th

One in five mothers find families fall into poverty after relationship breakdown

A study of family breakdown by Professor Mike Brewer and Dr Alita Nandi at the Institute for Social and Economic Research at the University of Essex, funded by the Nuffield Foundation, has found that women and children suffer most when couples split.

September 11th

Lord Justice Ryder appointed Trustee of the Nuffield Foundation

The Nuffield Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of The Right Honourable Lord Justice Ryder to its Board of Trustees.

Lord Justice Ryder is a judge of the Court of Appeal (to which he was appointed in 2013) and a member of the Family Procedure Rules Committee. He was called to the Bar in 1981, and was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1997, becoming a Recorder in 2000. He was appointed to the High Court Family Division in 2004.

September 9th

University of Leeds joins Q-Step

The University of Leeds will receive £718,980 to deliver a step-change in its social science teaching as part of an ambitious intervention to address the critical shortage of quantitatively skilled social scientists. It will join a network of ‘Q-Step Centres’ across the UK, all of which have received funding from Q-Step, a programme designed to promote a step-change in quantitative social science training for undergraduates.

September 3rd

Nuffield Foundation accredited as a Living Wage Employer

The Nufield Foundation is pleased to announce that it has been accredited as a Living Wage Employer by the Living Wage Foundation.

The Living Wage commitment will see everyone working at the Nuffield Foundation, regardless of whether they are permanent employees or third-party contractors and suppliers; receive a minimum hourly wage of £8.80 - significantly higher than the national minimum wage of £6.31.

August 27th

Study reveals scale of the sexual exploitation of boys

The sexual exploitation of boys and young men is a much bigger problem than previously thought according to a study funded by the Nuffield Foundation, supported by Barnardo’s and carried out by NatCen and UCL (University College London). 

August 4th

UK's first ever administrative justice research institute

The Nuffield Foundation has awarded a grant of £325,000 to fund the UK's first Administrative Justice Institute (UKAJI), a collaborative project designed to kick start the expansion of empirical research into administrative justice issues.