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Working to understand and address the social implications of COVID-19

Our response

We have awarded £2 million for research that will help identify how to mitigate the social impacts of the pandemic, particularly for those who are worst affected. Our partner organisations, the Nuffield Council on Bioethics, the Ada Lovelace Institute, and the Nuffield Family Justice Observatory are also responding to the pandemic.

The latest on COVID-19

News  |  29 October 2020

Poorest pupils miss the most learning during the lockdown and autumn term

The most disadvantaged and vulnerable pupils in the UK are more likely to have missed the most learning time as a result of the disruption to schools, according to new Nuffield-funded analysis from the Education Policy Institute (EPI).

Researcher: Luke Sibieta   |  Organisation: Education Policy Institute

News  |  27 October 2020

15% of citizens are at risk of being less informed, uninformed or misinformed about COVID-19

The report explores the best ways to reach those who consume little or no news about COVID-19 and help them make the best decisions about the pandemic. The BBC is the most widely used news source in this group. They are also more likely to use social media such as Facebook and Twitter, and might also be reached via these platforms. The report suggests that the best way to communicate with the broad public in the next stages of the coronavirus crisis is to focus less on politicians and pundits and more on the sources that are highly and broadly trusted, and demonstrably help people understand the crisis, most notably the NHS and scientists, doctors, and other experts.

Researcher: Professor Rasmus Kleis Nielsen  |  Organisation: Reuters Institute, University of Oxford

News  |  27 October 2020

Practice of remote hearings in family court can challenge fairness and empathy

More than 1,300 parents, family members and professionals in the family justice system across England and Wales responded to a rapid consultation by the Nuffield Family Justice Observatory on the use of telephone and video hearings in the family courts six months on – a follow-up to a first consultation in April initiated by the President of the Family Division.

Organisation: Nuffield Family Justice Observatory

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COVID-19 projects

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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 – 2020

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

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Education | 2020 – 2020

The impact of COVID-19 on mainstream schools in England

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Welfare | 2020 – 2021

Social cohesion in the context of COVID-19

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Welfare | 2020 – 2021

How the COVID-19 crisis is affecting food security

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Welfare | 2020 – 2022

COVID-19 social study

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Welfare | 2020 – 2021

COVID realities: families on low incomes during the pandemic

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Justice | 2020 – 2021

Law and compliance during COVID-19

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We are an open, collaborative and engaged funder and our aim is to support the social science research community to deliver successful projects that have a positive impact on people’s lives.

Our priorities during the COVID-19 pandemic are to support our staff, our grant-holders and the young people who participate in our student programmes, as well as to fund research that addresses the wider social significance of the pandemic.

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