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

Opinion  |  24 September 2020

The NHS COVID-19 app: is it an enduring public health technology?

The Ada Lovelace Institute explores whether the long-awaited contract tracing app can deliver on its promises for 2020 and beyond.

Organisation: Ada Lovelace Institute

News  |  24 September 2020

One fifth of people say they are unlikely to get vaccinated against COVID-19

Results also suggest substantial levels of misinformation amongst the general public about vaccines, with half (53%) of respondents believing to varying degrees that vaccines can cause unforeseen effects.

Researcher: Dr Daisy Fancourt  |  Organisation: UCL

News  |  22 September 2020

Teachers’ well-being and work-related anxiety did not decline during lockdown

Slightly fewer teachers were highly-anxious about work after lockdown was imposed, with about one in 20 reporting very high anxiety compared to one in eight before lockdown. The same was not true for headteachers, however, many of whom were highly anxious about work while the country was in lockdown. 

Researcher: Professor John Jerrim  |  Organisation: UCL

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COVID-19 projects

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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 – 2021

COVID realities: families on low incomes during the pandemic

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Welfare | 2020 – 2022

COVID-19 social study

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Justice | 2020 – 2021

Law and compliance during COVID-19

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Education | Welfare | 2020 – 2021

Growing up under 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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