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

Publication  |  28 July 2020

The proportion of Brits that say COVID-19 is the single most important issue facing the UK today has fallen from 72% at the end of April to 51% in mid-July.

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

News  |  23 July 2020

The percentage of Brits who got news about the pandemic at least once a day per week has dropped from 79% in mid-April to 61% in late June.

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

Publication  |  22 July 2020

People feel less connected with friends and colleagues but more with family and neighbours.

There is increased local unity but growing national disunity and keyworkers are feeling more detached than others.

Researcher: Professor Dominic Abrams  |  Organisation: University of Kent

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COVID-19 projects

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Education | 2020 – 2022

The effects of COVID-19 on families’ time-use and child development

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In progress

Education | 2020 – 2022

Comparisons of cognitive skills and educational attainment across the UK

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Education | Welfare | 2019 – 2022

Contemporary fathers in the UK

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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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