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July 25th

Parents' beliefs about the time and financial resource they allocate to their children

Parents consider that spending money on learning resources such as books, educational games and private tuition for their children is more productive if the child attends a higher quality school, according to research led by UCL and funded by the Nuffield Foundation.

Government encouraged to make the first major changes to divorce legislation for nearly 50 years

This morning the Supreme Court unanimously rejected an appeal from Tini Owens who wanted the court to grant her a rapid divorce from her husband of 40 years, Hugh. The judgement means she must remain married until 2020. 

July 24th

75th Anniversary Lecture by Lady Hale

On Monday 14 May we marked our 75th anniversary with a lecture delivered by former Nuffield Foundation Trustee, The Rt Hon the Baroness Hale of Richmond, President of the Supreme Court.

July 17th

Children's social care is a postcode lottery

A recent parliamentary report - which heavily cites Nuffield-funded research - reveals how spending cuts have pushed children's social care into crisis across the UK. 

Heritable genome editing: action needed to secure responsible way forward

The Nuffield Council on Bioethics, an independent body funded by the Nuffield Foundation, Wellcome and the MRC, has today published its report on the ethical and social issues of genome editing and human reproduction.

July 16th

A fine balance: why we need to focus on equity as well as autonomy and accountability in schools policy

Cheryl Lloyd explores what new Nuffield-funded research tells us about post-2010 education reforms

How effectively does the government control its spending?

Governments are responsible for spending huge amounts of public money. Effective control of that spending is essential if governments are to meet their fiscal objectives, deliver their desired policy outcomes, and achieve value for money for the taxpayer.

A new IFS report, published today as part of a wider study of the history of public expenditure control funded by the Nuffield Foundation, uses more than twenty years of data to analyse the planning and control of public expenditure between 1993 and 2015.

July 9th

Robert Street appointed Director of Justice

The Nuffield Foundation has appointed Robert Street as Director of Justice. Robert will lead our work in Justice, which together with Education and Welfare, forms the three core domains of our research funding. 

The research we fund in our Justice domain aims to facilitate evidence-based changes in the justice system to help improve outcomes for people who are seeking to resolve legal problems, particularly those who are vulnerable.

July 2nd

Government reforms are failing to tackle education inequality

Two-thirds of head teachers believe that inequalities between schools are becoming wider as a result of current government policy, according to a new ‘state of the nation’ report by the UCL Institute of Education (IOE).

The four-year study, funded by the Nuffield Foundation, evaluated the government’s ‘self-improving school-led system’, which has become an overarching narrative for education policy since 2010, making schools more autonomous and accountable for their own improvement.