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Think Small to Reach Big: a new book by Owain Service & Rory Gallagher

The Behavioural Insights Team was created to help apply a more nuanced understanding of human behaviour to government policy, and to spread the understanding of behavioural science. Governments across the globe are now using behavioural insights to make better policy. But from the outset, we found that there has been interest not just in how […]

April 6, 2017


Inspirational students encourage university applications

Young people from lower income families, or families without a history of university attendance, are much less likely to apply to university than their peers, even when they get the grades to do so (Anders, 2012). They’re also particularly less likely to apply to selective universities – despite these universities often offering more generous financial […]

March 31, 2017


Terror in Westminster

The BIT London office is just off Parliament Square, so Wednesday’s tragic events were truly on our doorstep. Thank you for the many concerned emails that we have received from colleagues across the world, though much more important are the condolences and thoughts for those hurt or killed, and for their relatives. It seems that […]

March 24, 2017


Supportive text messaging to encourage student success

Today, the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) has announced that they are funding three interventions to help improve outcomes for 16-18-year-old students who are resitting their GCSEs. We are excited that the social support intervention we’ve developed is one of them. Many of us might take for granted that someone in our lives cares about our […]

March 24, 2017


Job opportunity: Operations Manager, Asia-Pacific

Permanent: 38 hours per week Location: Sydney, Australia The Behavioural Insights Team (BIT) is looking for an exceptional candidate to join our Sydney Office as Operations Manager. The full job description can be downloaded here. Candidates should upload their CV and complete their application through Applied. Close of applications: 10 April 2017 11.59pm (GMT) Please note: […]

March 23, 2017


Job opportunity: Research Advisor

Research Advisor Permanent: 39 hours per week Salary range: £30,000 – £45,000 per annum, plus benefits Immediate start Based in Westminster The Behavioural Insights Team (BIT) is recruiting a Research Advisor, who will support the Chief Scientist to design, conduct, and evaluate randomised controlled trials. This role sits within BIT’s Productivity team where you will work […]

March 15, 2017


BI Ventures is recruiting a Lab Manager 

Fixed-term up to 12 months: 39 hours per week Salary range: c. £25,000 per annum, plus benefits Salary is negotiable dependent on experience Based in Westminster The BI Ventures team is looking for an exceptional candidate to join them as a Lab Manager for Predictiv, BIT’s online experimentation platform. The role will involve working closely […]

March 10, 2017


Behavioural insights to boost apprenticeships

What do National Apprenticeship Week, National British Sandwich Week, and National Bed Month all have in common? Behavioural science has an answer. These are all attempts to raise the salience of their particular cause, encouraging awareness and timely decision-making, whether it’s to hire an apprentice or eat a British sandwich. As this week is National […]

March 8, 2017


Job opportunity: Research Assistant

Research Assistant Permanent: 39 hours per week Salary range: £25,000 per annum, plus benefits Based in Westminster The Behavioural Insights Team (BIT) is looking for an exceptional candidate to join the Research and Evaluation and Skills teams as a Research Assistant. This role will be dedicated to supporting a randomised controlled trial in further education colleges […]

February 28, 2017


Applied: BIT’s first behavioural product

When the Behavioural Insights Team (BIT) was established back in 2010, we often concluded that the solution to a problem faced by government wasn’t always a new policy or intervention. It was a tool – like a new website, app, or even physical product – that individuals or organisations could use to help them solve […]

February 21, 2017