October 22nd

Mismatch in higher education report launch at the Nuffield Foundation

The Nuffield Foundation is hosting an event to launch the Mismatch in higher education report at the Nuffield Foundation on Thursday 5 December from 10:30 till 13:30. 

The seminar, chaired by Mary Curnock Cook, will summarise findings from new research, led by Dr Gill Wyness of the UCL Institute of Education about the extent of ‘match’ between student academic credentials and the course they attend, the characteristics of students more likely to mismatch, the impact of this on university and labour market outcomes.

October 8th

Government on course to break its fiscal mandate while almost matching Labour 2017 pledge on day-to-day public service spending

Ahead of the Autumn Budget, the IFS have published their Nuffield-funded Green Budget - a comprehensive and independent assessment of the state of the public finances and the key economic questions facing the government. 

October 4th

Annual report and financial statements 2018

2018 was our 75th anniversary and the first full year of our five-year strategy. In our annual report and financial statements, published today, we present the work we have undertaken towards achieving our strategic goals and publish our accounts for the year.  

October 1st

Applications open for the Nuffield Foundation Strategic Fund

Applications are now open for our £15m Strategic Fund for ambitious, interdisciplinary research projects that will address some of the most important challenges facing UK society and the public policy agenda in the next decade.

This is a rare opportunity for researchers to develop original and challenging ideas, to work collaboratively across disciplines, and to influence social policy in a period of rapid change and uncertainty for our society. 

September 30th

New tool to democratise debates on tax and welfare policy across the UK

The first version of UKMOD, a transparent, free-to-access tax and benefit microsimulation model, is released by the Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER) at the University of Essex today.

September 27th

The Prime Minister’s proposed tax cuts would cost billions, with most of the giveaway going to those on high incomes

Given the uncertain state of the economy and public spending promises which will raise the deficit, promising tax cuts in the short run looks risky. Any new tax cuts should be designed to improve the design and efficiency of the tax system, promote growth or achieve some clear distributional objective.

September 18th

Further education has faced the biggest cuts in recent years, with a 12% fall since 2010

The extra £4.3 billion just committed for schools in England by 2022 will just about reverse the cuts of 8% in spending per pupil since 2009. Even so, an effective 13-year real-terms freeze will still represent an unprecedented period without growth.

Meanwhile the 4% (£300 million) increase in spending per student on further education and sixth forms announced for next year will still leave them over £1 billion short of what they would need to fully reverse cuts since 2010.

Quarter of teachers in England report 60-hour working week

One in four teachers work more than 60 hours a week and many work in the evenings, despite successive government promises to reduce their hours, according to a new UCL-led study

Funded by the Nuffield Foundation, the study is the first to look at data from more than 40,000 primary and secondary teachers in England collected between 1992 and 2017.

September 9th

British public want restrictions on the use of facial recognition technology

The first national survey of public opinion on the use of facial recognition technology reveals the majority of people in the UK want companies, the government, and public bodies to limit use of the technology including by the police and in schools.

August 30th

Reversing cuts since 2009 to school spending per pupil would cost about £4.7bn in 2022–23

The IFS has published the schools chapter of its 2019 Annual Report on Education Spending in England, funded by the Nuffield Foundation. 

Main findings

  • Total school spending per pupil in England has fallen by 8% in real terms between 2009–10 and 2018–19. Reversing these cuts would cost £4.7 billion a year by 2022–23.
  • School spending per pupil has fallen fastest since 2015–16.