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  • 10th Jul 2020

Mitigating the impact of COVID-19 on higher education

Students about to start or return to higher education in September face a radically different experience to what they originally anticipated - with online classes and reduced social contact. As social distancing measures become the ‘new normal’ under COVID-19, higher education providers must explore new ways to support access, success…

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  • 8th Jul 2020

Using behavioural insights to support low-wage workers

Prior to COVID-19, low wage workers—defined as those with incomes below $36,000 per year—were already in a precarious financial position. Now, data show that “95% of workers in low-income households have either been laid off as a result of the coronavirus (37%) or have seen a loss of income (58%).”…

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  • 6th Jul 2020

Speaking to consumers unlocked insights into how we can help them save on energy

As the economic effects of COVID-19 become more apparent, consumers are cutting back on spending. Energy bills are often an area where many people can make savings. However, navigating this market can be a difficult task. Information is often presented in confusing ways that make it harder for people to…

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  • 1st Jul 2020

PRIDE reflection blog 🏳️‍🌈: How defaults impact the LGBTQIA+ community

There are few concepts as renowned or respected in behavioural science as the power of defaults. Defaults refer to the ‘status quo’ or ‘business-as-usual’ option that is pre-selected, by design or by accident, by the architect of choice. Default options can have a profound impact on human decision making. However,…

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  • 29th Jun 2020

Life after lockdown: A strong & sustainable economic recovery

As our current economic lockdowns ease we have a unique opportunity to take a fresh start so we have strong and sustainable recoveries

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  • 26th Jun 2020

The disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on ethnic minorities in the UK and what we can do about it

Of the almost 10,000 patients critically ill with COVID-19 in hospitals in England, Wales and Northern Ireland since the start of the outbreak in the UK, 33% were from Black, Asian, Mixed or Other ethnic minorities - even though people from these groups account for 14% of the population (excluding…

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  • 24th Jun 2020

3 insights on social distancing from the science of personal space

2m, 1.8m, 1.5m, 1.4m, 1m. Different countries recommend different distancing guidelines to help limit the spread of coronavirus. As parts of the world begin to leave lockdown, some of these guidelines have begun to be refined - Denmark reduced its recommended distance from 2m to 1m in May, and the UK…

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  • 22nd Jun 2020

Using behavioral insights to combat PPE litter

Most Americans are now wearing face masks and other personal protective equipment (PPE) to help slow the spread of COVID-19 (although political, regional, and racial differences remain). The rapid adoption of PPE is encouraging, but cities and businesses are now dealing with an unintended consequence: an increase in PPE litter.

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  • 19th Jun 2020

Britain’s emotional journey through COVID: Impact on wellbeing

It has been 5 months since the coronavirus pandemic upended ‘normal’ life and forced millions of people around the world to establish novel behaviours. The disruption was, and continues to be felt, in every area of our lives from relationships to work to physical wellbeing. But what does the latest…

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  • 15th Jun 2020

Life after lockdown: an opportunity for change?

Widespread lockdown, it turns out, has presented many of us with an unexpected opportunity to make positive changes to our lives.