Ofqual’s Algorithm: The method to madness

You would be hard pressed to find anyone willing to defend Ofqual’s calculated grades a month after they briefly arrested the dreams of many students. And yet the algorithm had its supporters and defenders before Results Day on 13 August. IF Research Intern Anthony J. Piwowarski explores the ways in which a now universally condemned… Read more »

New research: COVID-19 has disproportionately affected young adults’ mental health

The ONS has recently published a new dataset which attempted to measure the level of depressive symptoms in a representative sample of individuals both before and during the UK’s COVID-19 lockdown. David Kingman explains what their findings suggest about young adults’ mental health

Antarctica: a wilderness too close to home

Antarctica is often thought of as an unblemished wilderness – but humans no longer need a physical presence to impair the natural environment. IF Research Intern Anthony J. Piwowarski explores the global consequences of a melting Antarctic ice sheet – and how some states may seek to profit from the climate’s instability.

The unexpected impact of COVID-19 on green investment

Green investment has reached record levels this year, in spite of the pandemic. IF researcher Melissa Bui explains why investor-demand for more transparency on climate risks is rising, and how pension schemes may lead the way in fulfilling investors’ requirements