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Young adults and young pensioners are the most likely to have stopped working during the pandemic.
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Educational inequalities will have widened during lockdown.
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Young-boy-uses-tablet-with-mother-for-maths-learning-Can-maths-apps-add-value-to-learning-PROJ
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Education | 2020 – 2022

Can maths apps add value to learning?

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Girl with mum reading School availability parental labour supply and family wellbeing
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Welfare | 2020 – 2021

COVID-19 and school availability: impact on parental labour supply and well-being

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Welfare | 2020 – 2022

Pension saving over the lifecycle

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Older-man-reads-textbook-Assembling-data-jigsaw-Greater-Manchester-PROJ
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Welfare | 2020 – 2024

Assembling the data jigsaw: powering robust population research in MSK disease

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Medical-professional-massages-patient-knee-Understanding-joint-replacement-surgery-decision-making-for-older-patients-PROJ
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Welfare | 2020 – 2023

Supporting older patients to make informed decisions about knee surgery

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Education | 2020 – 2022

Evaluating the short- and medium-term impacts of Sure Start

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Woman-medical-professional-treats-patient-impact-MSK-conditions-outcomes-other-illnesses-PROJ
In progress

Welfare | 2020 – 2022

The impact of musculoskeletal conditions on outcomes of other illnesses

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Male-teacher-teaches-teenagers-in-secondary-school-lesson-Autonomous-schools-and-the-teacher-labour-market-Evidence-from-academies-PROJ
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Education | 2020 – 2021

Autonomous schools and the teacher labour market: Evidence from academies

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Female-nurse-sees-patient-in-office-Integrating-enriched-longitudinal-data-North-Staffordshire-Stoke-on-Trent-PROJ
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Welfare | 2020 – 2025

Enriched data integration for population musculoskeletal health intelligence

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Education | 2020 – 2021

Ethical principles underpinning co-production with young people

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Education | 2020 – 2020

COVID-19 mitigation measures: education provision and access to special schools

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Older-man-and-woman-walk-together-Geographical-mapping-prevalence-outcomes-MSK-conditions-Wales-Scotland-PROJ
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Welfare | 2020 – 2022

Mapping rheumatic and musculoskeletal disease in Scotland and Wales

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Welfare | 2020 – 2022

Pension saving over the lifecycle

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Girl with mum reading School availability parental labour supply and family wellbeing
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Welfare | 2020 – 2021

COVID-19 and school availability: impact on parental labour supply and well-being

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Education | 2020 – 2022

Evaluating the short- and medium-term impacts of Sure Start

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Teacher in classroom with laughing primary school students, reading a story to them.
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Education | 2020 – 2022

Gene-environment interplay in early life cognitive development

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Education | 2020 – 2021

Ethical principles underpinning co-production with young people

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In progress

Education | 2020 – 2020

COVID-19 mitigation measures: education provision and access to special schools

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Male-teacher-teaches-teenagers-in-secondary-school-lesson-Autonomous-schools-and-the-teacher-labour-market-Evidence-from-academies-PROJ
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Education | 2020 – 2021

Autonomous schools and the teacher labour market: Evidence from academies

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Young-boy-uses-tablet-with-mother-for-maths-learning-Can-maths-apps-add-value-to-learning-PROJ
In progress

Education | 2020 – 2022

Can maths apps add value to learning?

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Serious-teenage-girl-gestures-as-sits-on-couch-in-school-counselor-office-Mental-health-service-provision-for-children-state-care-England-PROJ
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Justice | 2020 – 2021

Mental health service provision for children in state care in England

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Justice | 2020 – 2022

Youth custody: Educational influences and labour market consequences

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Welfare | 2020 – 2022

Vulnerability, migration and well-being: experiences, perceptions and barriers

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Toddler-gleefully-eats-baked-beans-How-COVID-19-is-affecting-food-security-proj
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Welfare | 2020 – 2021

How the COVID-19 crisis is affecting food security

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Welfare | 2020 – 2022

Pension saving over the lifecycle

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Girl with mum reading School availability parental labour supply and family wellbeing
New

Welfare | 2020 – 2021

COVID-19 and school availability: impact on parental labour supply and well-being

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New

Education | 2020 – 2022

Evaluating the short- and medium-term impacts of Sure Start

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Teacher in classroom with laughing primary school students, reading a story to them.
New

Education | 2020 – 2022

Gene-environment interplay in early life cognitive development

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In progress

Education | 2020 – 2021

Ethical principles underpinning co-production with young people

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In progress

Education | 2020 – 2020

COVID-19 mitigation measures: education provision and access to special schools

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Male-teacher-teaches-teenagers-in-secondary-school-lesson-Autonomous-schools-and-the-teacher-labour-market-Evidence-from-academies-PROJ
In progress

Education | 2020 – 2021

Autonomous schools and the teacher labour market: Evidence from academies

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Young-boy-uses-tablet-with-mother-for-maths-learning-Can-maths-apps-add-value-to-learning-PROJ
In progress

Education | 2020 – 2022

Can maths apps add value to learning?

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Serious-teenage-girl-gestures-as-sits-on-couch-in-school-counselor-office-Mental-health-service-provision-for-children-state-care-England-PROJ
In progress

Justice | 2020 – 2021

Mental health service provision for children in state care in England

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In progress

Justice | 2020 – 2022

Youth custody: Educational influences and labour market consequences

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In progress

Welfare | 2020 – 2022

Vulnerability, migration and well-being: experiences, perceptions and barriers

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Toddler-gleefully-eats-baked-beans-How-COVID-19-is-affecting-food-security-proj
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Welfare | 2020 – 2021

How the COVID-19 crisis is affecting food security

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Education | 2014 – 2015

The Nuffield Languages Inquiry and Nuffield Languages Programme

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Education | 2003 – 2003

Nuffield Review of 14-19 Education and Training

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Welfare | 2013 – 2017

IFS Green Budget 2013 – 2016

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Education | 2017 – 2018

Growing up digital

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Houses of Parliament and River Thames. The Assessment Reform Group aimed to ensure government policy was informed by research
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Education | 1996 – 2010

The Assessment Reform Group

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Welfare | 2013 – 2016

Data about fathers in birth cohort studies (Life Study)

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Education | 2013 – 2019

Pupils’ understanding of evolution and inheritance

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Welfare | 2017 – 2017

General Election 2017

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Justice | Welfare | 2015 – 2018

Bridging the Evidence Gap in Family Proceedings

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Justice | 2016 – 2018

The impact of Litigants in Person on the Northern Ireland court system

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Justice | 2016 – 2017

Transparency and privacy in family courts

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Education | 2013 – 2016

When to teach what? Sensitive learning periods and adolescence

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We offer our grant holders the freedom to frame questions and enable new thinking.

Our research must stand up to rigorous academic scrutiny, but we understand that to be successful in effecting change, it also needs to be relevant to people’s experience.

We aim to improve people’s lives by funding research that informs social policy, primarily in Education, Welfare and Justice. We also fund student programmes that give young people skills and confidence in science and research.

We are an open, collaborative and engaged funder that offers more than money. Through connecting the individual projects we fund, we strengthen their collective impact and give voice to an overarching narrative.

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