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Why student engagement data should be at the heart of higher education policymaking

8 September 2016

There's a wealth of data out there on student engagement, says Emilie Sundorph of the Reform think tank – measuring it should be a compulsory part of the government's new Teaching Excellence Framework

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Dave Penman: Are civil servants really Europhile Brexit-resisters?

2 September 2016

The civil service can deliver the best outcome possible from exiting the EU, says the FDA union's general secretary – but only if it is given clear political direction as well as the required capability and capacity

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Driving a culture of collaboration in the civil service

22 August 2016

How can Whitehall departments be persuaded to collaborate more effectively to achieve greater efficiency and savings? Mark Smulian reports on a round table discussion of the issue sponsored by CGI at Civil Service Live and led by the Ministry of Justice permanent secretary Richard Heaton

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What’s the civil service doing to nurture black and minority ethnic leaders?

22 August 2016

Whitehall can do more to boost the representation of BAME staff in its top ranks – but, says Angela Seesurrun of Civil Service Resourcing, there are already signs of positive change

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Devolving power from Whitehall should be a big opportunity for charities. So why are they worried?

10 August 2016

The voluntary sector should be well placed to help deliver services in the devolution era. But, as Patrick Murray of charity think tank the New Philanthrophy Capital writes, many fear that fragmentation of services and opaque contracting arrangements could shut them out

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HMRC's former comms chief Simon MacDowall: Don't obsess about the Westminster Village – citizens want well-run services

5 August 2016

Simon MacDowall, a former communicationss director in three departments, argues that true success lies not in spinning media lines but in putting citizens’ needs first


Ignore the doom-mongers. The Government Digital Service is evolving, not retreating

4 August 2016

The GDS's new leader Kevin Cunnington now has the opportunity to complete the cultural shift from confrontation to collaboration with departments, says digital inclusion specialist Matthew Trimming​

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Trust in business is low – but consulting has a special role to play in post-Brexit Britain

3 August 2016

The referendum campaign revealed the gap that has opened up between businesses and their consumers – so it's vital that the consulting industry shows it can be trusted


The Government Digital Service shake-up is a victory for senior officials at the expense of citizens

2 August 2016

The big leadership changes in government digital seem like a triumph for those who believe a government organised along Victorian lines is still fit for fixing today’s problems, argues former senior civil servant Andrew Greenway

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In the tense aftermath of the Brexit vote, it's the job of all public bodies to take on hate crime and prejudice

29 July 2016

Prejudice and discrimination can rise at a time of heightened insecurity, says Dr Marc Verlot of the Equality and Human Rights Commission – and it's not just the job of the police to tackle it

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Here's why the scrapping of DECC could actually be good for climate change policy

29 July 2016

Climate sceptics were jubilant when Theresa May announced the end of a dedicated climate change department. But, as Professor Sam Fankhauser of the Grantham Research Institute argues, bringing together the teams working to cut carbon with those drawing up industrial policy could be a smart move 

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Civil service whistleblowing: despite positive steps, there's a way to go to ensure officials feel able to speak out

28 July 2016

While steps to improve data on whistleblowing are welcome, civil servants need more reassurance that they won't be penalised for challenging wrongdoing, says Tom Casey of the independent whistleblowing charity​ Public Concern At Work