Attachment Research Project
A generous gift of £750,000 from the Alex Timpson Trust will be used to fund a new research programme at the Rees Centre for Research in Fostering and Education at Oxford University. The gift will be released over the course of a five-year period, and will be used to establish the Timpson Attachment Programme, a research initiative focused on attachment awareness.

Judy Sebba, Professor of Fostering and Education and Rees Centre Director said: “The generosity of the Alex Timpson Trust in supporting attachment awareness research in schools across England will contribute to a step-change in our understanding of how vulnerable young people, including those in care, can be better supported to learn and will benefit thousands of children and young people.”

Alex Timpson Trust Trustee, Prof. Elizabeth Harlow, Professor of Social Work at Chester University, has been working closely with the Timpson family since 2016 to develop an awareness programme for those working in the education sector and will work in close association with the Rees Centre at Oxford University on its schools research programme.

In 2015 NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) guidelines were published on attachment and the needs of adopted and looked after children. These guidelines encourage schools and education providers to educate staff members on attachment theory and to give thought to the ways in which the emotional needs of children are given attention.

The five year project completed in May 2022. To read about the findings please follow this link:

Former trustee for the trust, Elizabeth Harlow PhD BA CQSW FHEA, has completed a concluding summary on the extensive project. Download the paper with the link below:

The Alex Timpson Trust aims to support this mission in helping children to shine.


The Alex Timpson Trust is a registered charity with the Charity Commission.
Charity Number 1174098