December 13th

Sharp social-class divide in university entry rates also found in state schools

State school students in England who have university-educated parents are five times more likely to reach higher education than those from disadvantaged backgrounds, a study funded by the Nuffield Foundation has found.

It has long been known that pupils from independent schools are more likely to gain university places than those in state schools. But new research by academics at the Institute of Education, University of London, demonstrates how big a part family background also plays in determining which state-educated pupils go on to university.

Government and industry should do more to encourage social responsibility in biotechnology research and innovation

The Government and industry should take steps to ensure that research and development of new biotechnologies is carried out in accordance with socia

December 10th

Teresa Williams Social Research Association interview

Teresa Williams, the Foundation's Director of Social Research and Policy reflects on her motivation, aspirations and achievements in this profile on the Social Research Association website.

November 27th

Exploring the mandatory life sentence for murder

A new book based on work funded by the Nuffield Foundation examines the mandatory life sentence for murder.

November 21st

Life after parental separation: research challenges law change proposal

Government plans to amend the 1989 Children Act by introducing a presumption of shared parenting are well-intentioned but misguided, say the authors of new research into childhood experience of family break-ups.

Courts should retain their current discretion to put the needs and wishes of individual children first when considering contact disputes between parents, say researchers, who have surveyed the opinions of hundreds of young adults with experience of family break-up.

November 8th

Gap in higher education participation between rich and poor is decreasing

The gap in HE participation between those from the richest and poorest families has been narrowing over the last decade. The gap in participation at age 18 or 19 between state school students from the most and least deprived fifths of the population fell from 40 percentage points in 2004-05 to 37 percentage points in 2009-10 with much of that narrowing occurring after the tuition fee cap was raised to £3,000 in 2006-07.

October 29th

Quantitative methods programme welcomed by Minister of State for Universities and Science

Minister of State for Universities and Science David Willetts MP has welcomed the Nuffield Foundation’s new initiative to promote a step-change in the quantitative skills of undergraduates. Commenting on the programme he said:

October 25th

Independent assessment of public sector pension reform

The Government’s proposed reforms to the NHS, Teachers, Local Government and Civil Service pension schemes will reduce the average value of the pension benefit for members of these schemes by more than a third. However, even after the Government’s proposed reforms, public sector pensions will still be more valuable than most private sector pensions. 

October 16th

£15.5 million for quantitative methods training for social science undergraduates

The Nuffield Foundation, the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) have launched a major new £15.5 million programme designed to promote a step-change in quantitative methods training for social science undergraduates in the UK.

October 3rd

New assessment framework could stop primary school science falling behind English and maths

Science education in primary schools is at risk of being given less teaching time than the other core subjects of maths and English. This is due to the lack of a comprehensive system of assessment to track performance at pupil, school and national level, according to a working group of specialists in primary science education.