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Students and teachers

Our student programmes provide opportunities for students, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds, to develop their skills and confidence in quantitative and scientific methods.

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One of the objectives of our work in education is to address the shortage of research and quantitative skills across social science students in the UK and by doing so, encourage higher levels of employability, help maintain the UK’s status as a world leader in research and enable more people to participate fully in a digital knowledge economy.

Nuffield Research Placements

Opportunities for school and college students to take part in STEM-related research.



Funding for universities across the UK to support the development and delivery of specialist undergraduate programmes.


Student programmes impact

Between 1996 and 2016, over 16,000 students have participated in Nuffield Research Placements.

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Nuffield Research Placements are shown to increase the likelihood of enrolling in a STEM course at a Russell Group higher education institution.

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In 2018, 1,940 students started Q-Step degree programmes, with 9,564 enrolling in Q-Step modules in total.

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Since 1962, the Foundation has supported major curriculum projects and the creation of a wealth of teaching resources across STEM subjects and beyond.

Our work in education includes funding research and supporting its translation into policy and practice. The Foundation has supported some 60 major curriculum projects and countless smaller ones.

The largest and best-known projects have been in science and mathematics, but the story goes much wider, covering languages (ancient and modern), design and technology, economics and business, English, history and more.

While we no longer host our entire catalogue of teaching resources, they are still available online on the following platforms. For each subject, you can find an archive of classroom-trialled teaching and learning resources.

Teaching and learning resources
  • Institute of Physics
  • Royal Society of Chemistry
  • Royal Society of Biology
  • STEM Learning
  • STEM Learning
  • STEM Learning
  • STEM Learning
  • Nuffield Foundation

Discover the History of Nuffield Curriculum Projects

The Nuffield Foundation has supported innovation in teaching and learning for over fifty years. The international reputation of Nuffield projects is built on the science and maths projects which went round the world and were translated into many languages.

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