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March 29th

Degrees of Advantage: A longer-term investigation of the careers of UK graduates

The Nuffield Foundation has awarded funding to the University of Warwick for an 18-month project to extend its research into the experiences of graduates in the UK labour market.

March 28th

The Nuffield Foundation announces new £5 million Ada Lovelace Institute to examine profound ethical and social issues arising from the use of data, algorithms, and artificial intelligence, and to ensure they are harnessed for social well-being

The new Institute is named after Ada Lovelace, the 19th Century mathematician widely regarded as one of the first computer scientists. The first of its kind in the UK, the Institute will: 

  • Convene diverse voices to build a shared understanding of the ethical questions raised by the application of data, algorithms, and artificial intelligence (AI). 

March 23rd

New review of evidence of what works in maths teaching

Using calculators in maths lessons can boost pupils’ calculation and problem-solving skills, but they need to be used in a thoughtful and considered way, according to a review of the evidence published by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) today. Much of the work in the review was funded by the Nuffield Foundation.

March 21st

Children from rich families much more likely to secure grammar school places as they reap rewards from private tutoring

Research funded by the Nuffield Foundation reveals the huge advantage rich families gain by using private tutors in the race for grammar school places.

A new paper from the UCL Institute of Education shows that private tutoring means pupils from high-income families are much more likely to get into grammar schools than equally bright pupils from low-income families.  

Reduce working hours to tackle teacher retention, suggests new research

According to a new Nuffield-funded study by the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER), teachers work the longest hours at 50 hours per week during term time, followed by police officers (44) and nurses (39). Working long hours over prolonged periods, as teachers are doing, can create pressure and stress, with potential negative effects on health and well-being, all of which may impact on staff retention.

March 19th

Nuffield student Emily Xu named GSK UK Young Scientist of the Year

Congratulations to Emily Xu who has been named GSK UK Young Scientist of the Year 2018 at The Big Bang Fair in Birmingham.

Emily, who attends James Allen’s Girls’ School in London, undertook a Nuffield Research Placement at Imperial College London under the supervision of Bradley Ladewig in the Department of Chemical Engineering.