The Nuffield Foundation is an independent charitable trust established in 1943 by William Morris, Lord Nuffield, the founder of Morris Motors. Its aim is to improve social well-being in the widest sense, primarily by funding research and innovation in education and social policy, mainly in the UK but also in Europe and Africa. It believes that policy and practice should be influenced by evidence that is independent and rigorous. It also works to ensure these qualities are maintained in the future by funding programmes to build capacity in education, science and social science research.
Lord Flowers (1924 - 2010) was a distinguished theoretical physicist who became a key figure in UK science and university policy. He chaired the Nuffield Foundation from 1987 to 1998. He played a key role in the establishment of POST and was its Vice-Chair between 1998 and 2005.
Lord Flowers was particularly interested in science policy, in parliament and in promoting the careers of young scientists.
As Chair of the House of Lords Select Committee on Science and Technology he said:
“... strategy must, first, leave room for new people who have not yet made their mark and for ideas too novel to have been awarded priority. Secondly, it must be focused on long-term needs and not on the solution of short-term problems.”
The opportunity is funded by the Nuffield Foundation in memory of Lord Flowers. One fellowship is available every year at POST.
POSTnote briefings written by fellows funded through the Nuffield Foundation Flowers Fellowship:
POSTnote 539 - Creating Age-Friendly Cities
POSTnote 495 - Obesity Treatments
POSTnote 467 - Childhood Allergies