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 Nuffield News

Nuffield College is deeply saddened to report the death of Sir Tony Atkinson, who passed away peacefully in the Churchill Hospital in Oxford on 1 January 2017.
Tony Atkinson was Warden of Nuffield College between 1994 and 2005, and subsequently an Honorary Fellow. He pioneered the study of the economics of inequality: his most recent book Inequality: What Can Be Done was published by Harvard University Press in March 2015, and in February 2016 he was awarded the Dan David Prize for his work to find solutions to poverty. As Chair of the World Bank's Commission on Global Poverty, he recently completed a report on monitoring global poverty which was launched in Oxford in November 2016.
A Memorial Service will be organised later in the year. Further information will be provided here in due course.
Obituaries have been published in the Financial Times on 2 January 2017, in the New York Times​ ​on 3 January 2017, in the Telegraph on 5 January 2017, in the Guardian on 10 January 2017, and on the Oxford University website ​on 4 January 2017.

 Warden's welcome


Nuffield College is dedicated to the pursuit of the social sciences. We seek to provide outstanding facilities for students and academic staff to study and to conduct research, and to be a place that acts as a bridge between the academic and public worlds. We hope this website gives a flavour of our work.

Sir Andrew Dilnot


 Annual report


 Graduate admissions and funding

Graduate admissions and funding
opportunities for entry in October 2017
We invite applications for graduate study in Economics, Politics and International Relations, Sociology, and Social Policy. The College aims to attract applicants of the highest academic merit, irrespective of background and personal circumstances, and to provide an exceptional working environment for them. In line with this commitment, the College has further enhanced the financial support it offers to new students.
The following funding package applies for 2017 entry:
If you are admitted to Nuffield to undertake one of the courses we offer in Sociology or Social Policy (preferably DPhil or a masters course leading to a doctorate); Economics (MPhil or DPhil); or Politics or International Relations (MSc, MPhil, or DPhil), we will underwrite full funding for the duration of the fee liability of your course.
Nuffield also admits a small number of students in relevant interdisciplinary subjects, for example, Economic and Social History. Funding is available for those courses also, but may be less than full underwriting of fees.
To be eligible for funding you must apply for your course by the relevant January deadline, in accordance with the University’s graduate admissions process.
For further information about graduate admissions and funding opportunities at Nuffield College for courses beginning in October 2017 see here:
Alternatively please contact:


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