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. 


We are delighted that Tim Gardam has been appointed Chief Executive of the Nuffield Foundation, and that Professor Anna Vignoles has been appointed as a Trustee. Tim is currently Principal of St Anne’s College at the University of Oxford and Chairman of the Which? Council. He will take up his position at the Foundation on 1 September 2016. Anna is Professor of Education at the University of Cambridge. 

News from Nuffield-funded projects

‘No win, no fee’ has made pursuing a clinical negligence claim more accessible for many but some serious cases may fall through the funding gap
The growth in lawyers working on a ‘no win, no fee’ basis has removed the financial barrier to pursuing a clinical negligence claim for many people, but a small number of serious cases may be falling through the funding gap, according to research published by the Nuffield Foundation.
IFS Green Budget says Mr Osborne is boxed in by his own rule and will have to pull off a precarious balancing act
The Chancellor could be forced into additional spending cuts or tax rises if economic and fiscal forecasts again turn out unfavourably. Key chapters include the impact of universal credit and the controversial issue of corporate tax.

Family court ‘recycles’ one in three young mums
At least one in four women who have lost a child through court order will return to the family court in relation to a subsequent child. For women who were teenagers at the birth of their first child, this figure increases to one in three.

The Nuffield Council on Bioethics has published a briefing note on the ethical considerations relevant to the current Zika epidemic
The briefing addresses issues such as: surveillance and data sharing, public engagement, research into vaccines and treatments, and approaches to mosquito control. 

New podcast series on sound evidence in human rights
A project to share and promote the hard facts about human rights through podcasting has launched its first three episodes.

Nuffield student part of discovery of new strategy for teaching arthritis
A student from our Oliver Bird Rheumatism Programme has been instrumental in a new study which indicates that arthritic cartilage, previously thought to be impenetrable to therapies, could be treated by a patient’s own ‘microvesicles’ that are able to travel into cartilage cells and deliver therapeutic agents.

Foster care protects the education of children in care
Children who are fostered make better educational progress than children in need (children living with their families while receiving social work support). Also, in general, the longer they are in care the better they do.
Fiscal framework for Scottish tax and welfare devolution is not workable
It is not possible to implement the Smith Commission’s ‘no detriment’ principle when it comes to transferring powers from Westminster to Scotland.

Report challenges government criticism of judicial review
Reforms to judicial review are making it much more difficult for people to challenge unlawful and arbitrary decisions and there is no evidence for government claims that the process is widely abused, of little value to claimants and a burden on public bodies.

Could you change someone's life this summer?

Do you work in science (including social science), technology, engineering, and maths (STEM) research? Could you provide a 4-6 week research placement for a Year 12 student in their summer holidays? We are looking for people who can 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.

Could you change someone's life this summer?

Towards a family justice observatory

We are commissioning a scoping study to develop proposals for the purpose, functions and delivery options for a family justice ‘observatory’ to facilitate better use of research evidence in the family justice system. We will announce the successful bidder in the spring. You can read more about why we are doing this in our briefing paper.

New research and innovation grants awarded

Economic Advantage and Disadvantage

Children and Families

Early Years Education and Childcare


Law in Society

Q-step news

PhD opportunities from MMU Q-Step Centre

Manchester Metropolitan University Q-Step Centre are offering four fully-funded PhD scholarships for 2016.

Free online course on making sense of data

Staff at the University of Sheffield Q-Step Centre have written and presented a free online course to raise the awareness of learning quantitative methods to a wider audience. This short video explains more. 

Making Sense of Data in the Media

Nuffield Foundation in the news

A sample of recent media coverage generated by our work: 
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