UoN ESRC Impact Accelerator

University of Nottingham: Measuring Business Uncertainty

Following the 2016 EU Referendum the Bank of England recognised the need to gather data on business uncertainty caused by UK’s decision to leave the EU. Paul Mizen, Professor of Monetary Economics, accessed ESRC IAA funds to work with Stanford University, the Bank of England and HM Treasury to establish a new online monthly survey on the impacts of Brexit that reaches 7500 firms across the UK.

Since the IAA award, the Decision Maker Panel programme has received £1.3m funding from the ESRC, Bank of England, and the universities of Nottingham and Stanford. The survey is regularly used by the Monetary Policy Committee, it informed the Bank of England’s Assessment of the Withdrawal Agreement submitted to Parliament in December 2018, and prompted the Chancellor of the Exchequer to increase the Annual Investment Allowance fivefold to £1m in the 2018 Budget to offset Brexit uncertainty.

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Autism and the Police

Autistic individuals are 7 times more likely to come into contact with the Criminal Justice System and may experience greater personal, legal and mental health consequences due to their vulnerabilities. Dani Ropar, from the School of Psychology, has been working with colleagues in Law (Nell Munro, Chloe Holloway, John Jackson) to identify areas where changes are needed in police training, procedures, and the custody environment to better support autistic detainees.
Our project has fed into police policy on the treatment of autistic detainees in the East Midlands, and we are currently making plans to extend these policies to different regions throughout England and Wales. We have also been consulting on the design of the new custody suite in Nottingham to ensure it is more accommodating for autistic individuals.

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