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Welcome to the Nuffield Foundation e-newsletter, which brings you highlights from projects that have recently reported, an update on our main programmes, and details of new projects funded. 

News from Nuffield-funded projects

No magic bullet in London schools' success
London schools are better than those in the rest of the UK at helping poorer children succeed, largely because of gradual improvements in school quality since the mid 90s.
Graduate ‘premium’ more significant for women
On average, all graduates earn more than non-graduates (the ‘graduate premium’), but this difference is more significant for women.  

More than 9 in ten people pay more taxes than they receive in social security over a lifetime
In a single year, 64% of individuals in the UK pay more in taxes than they receive in social security, but over the course of a lifetime this figure increases to 93%.  

Nearly half of 11-year-olds among some minority ethnic groups receive private tuition out of school
Children categorised as from Chinese, black or Indian backgrounds are more than twice as likely to be tutored as their white peers.  

Worried parents are restricting children's freedom
Parents in England give their children less freedom to travel and play in their local neighbourhood than those in other European countries. 

Being a parent – before and after a split
Fathers who are actively involved in bringing up their young children before a split are more likely to keep in regular contact with their child after one. 

Key professions losing staff due to lack of support for student mothers
Key professions such as nursing, teaching and social work are losing thousands of potential recruits as student mothers drop out of higher education due to a lack of support from universities. 

Students enrol on new Q-Step degrees

There are now 31 new quantitative social science degree programmes running at 15 UK universities as part of Q-Step, our programme designed to promote a step-change in quantitative social science training.

Many students on these courses will undertake a work placement to enable them to apply their quantitative research skills in a professional context. Students and staff from the University of Manchester Q-Step Centre explain the importance of these placements in this short video

New funding programmes

Over the course of this year we have launched three new programmes: 

Our other research and innovation programmes open to applications are Children and FamiliesEducationLaw in Society and Open Door. Full details about application criteria, process and timetable are available on the how to apply section of our website

New research and innovation grants awarded

Early Years Education and Childcare


Law in Society

Could you change someone’s life next summer?

We are looking for people who work in science (including social science), technology, engineering, and maths (STEM) research to provide a 4-6 week research placement for Year 12 students in their summer holidays. You'll give students - particularly those who don't have a family history of going to university or who attend schools in less well-off areas - the opportunity to gain first-hand experience of a professional research environment.

Dr Bahijja Raimi-Abraham, postdoctoral research associate in pharmaceutics at UCL School of Pharmacy, explains why she got involved with Nuffield Research Placements in 
this short video.

Nuffield Foundation in the news

A sample of recent media coverage generated by our work:
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