Character in Education

In 2015, Demos launched its research programme focusing on building students' character in the UK education system. The programme includes policy recommendations, independent research and a series of pilots within schools.

Read the first report in the series, Character Nation, which was produced in partnership with the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues at the University of Birmingham and launched on 4 June.

On 29 June, Demos launched Learning by Doing, a report that focuses on the importance of non-formal learning in building character in students.


Mapping Integration

The Demos Integration Hub has now launched. Drawing on data from a wide range of public sources and leading independent research, the Hub provides a data-driven picture of the nation’s changing social and ethnic fabric, to encourage a more evidence-led debate about the integration and segregation of ethnic minorities, and the openness and cohesion of British society.

The Integration Hub reveals a varied picture of modern Britain, in which many minority groups are benefiting from rapid upward social mobility, and others continue to face entrenched poverty and an intensifying disconnection from mainstream life. It explores how both cultural preferences and economic inequality have played a role in determining communities’ differing levels of segregation, and their overall prosperity in British society.

Developed to be accessible to policy-makers, local and national politicians, the media and the general public, the Integration Hub focuses on five core policy areas: residence, work and welfare, society and everyday life, education and attitudes/identity. It combines quantitative data on a wide range of indicators, with a literature review of analysis from the world’s leading demographers, economists and social scientists.

The Demos Integration Hub can be accessed at



Changing of the guard

While the UK is one of the most diverse countries in the world, this diversity is not reflected in Britain’s offices of power.

The organisation UpRising is working to change that - and a new report from Demos evaluates their success so far.

Read the interim report


Demos Quarterly: Winter 2015

The Winter Issue of Demos Quarterly, our magazine of political ideas, is now published.

It includes original pieces on education policy, the role of law in a healthy democracy, voting reform, social value and the use of social media by Jihadist groups.

Browse the magazine.


Voices of Discontent

Why is populism on the rise across Europe? Drawing on substantial original data, new research from Demos explores the morality and self-justifications of populism.

These reasons are given in the supporters' own words on the new Voices of Discontent website.

Read the report. Explore the data.



British aisles

Britain's increasing reliance on food banks has grabbed the headlines, but are they a sustainable solution?

A new Demos report looks at British and international examples of community supermarkets to see if they could be a better response to food poverty.

Read the report. Come to the event.


The Twitter election

With less than 100 days until the election, tweets are increasingly becoming a key weapon in the political arsenal.

Demos CASM announces a new partnership with the Sunday Times, providing unique weekly analysis of the campaign online.

Read about the project. Read the blog.


What makes a job 'good'?

In the midst of a jobs-rich recovery, attention inevitably shifts to the quality of the jobs being created.

This new Demos and PwC essay collection tackles outstanding questions over pay, productivity, security and job satisfaction.

Read the collection. Read the blog.


Jun 29

Closing the Inequalities Gap on Character Education

Ralph Scott introduces Demos' new education report, which reveals significant inequalities of access amongst children to character-building extra-curricular activities.

Jun 26

English, Not Employment, Must Come First for Migrants

Alice Crawford sheds light on the relationship between under-proficiency in English and barriers to quality employment and suggests that it’s language, not employment that has to come first.



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Demos at 2015 Party Conferences

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Jun 30

Children on Free School Meals Less Likely to Take Part in Sports

Ralph Scott introduces the findings of Demos' Learning by Doing report on...

Jun 29

Poorer pupils less likely to take part in extra-curricular work

The Yorkshire Post covers Demos' Learning by Doing report.