As the civil service vows to improve the diversity of its graduate intake, former senior official Andrew Greenway asks whether Oxford's famed PPE degree is really a golden ticket to the top of the political and administrative elite
Fast Stream to open assessment centres outside London in bid to tackle “unrepresentative” graduate intake
Cabinet Office-commissioned report finds flagship Fast Stream graduate programme remains “unrepresentative of the population at large”, as minister Matt Hancock vows to take action
Government Digital Service programme director Janet Hughes: What if boldness were an explicit value of the civil service?
Civil servants will always need to be honest, impartial, objective, and act with integrity – but we must make sure we don’t encourage passivity or inertia
When an awkward clash erupts in your team, try to remember there is no such thing as “common sense” – only different perspectives
Whitehall tops this year's Times Guide to Higher and Degree Apprenticeships
Majority of departments will be asked to create new apprenticeships equivalent to 2.3% of their overall staffing levels, BIS confirms
Interview: DCLG permanent secretary Melanie Dawes on devolution and encouraging the civil service to let go
At the Department for Communities and Local Government, Melanie Dawes is busy encouraging civil servants to give up their powers over local public services. She opens up to Suzannah Brecknell about stepping back, asking big questions, and the importance of taking all your holidays
Home Office permanent secretary Mark Sedwill "very proud" as department named "star performer" by LGBT charity Stonewall
Home Office named "Star Performer" for treatment of LGBT staff – and will now offer advice to other organisations
New report by consultancy EY reveals the state of gender equality among the senior civil service
A new workforce strategy and using data to “more closely align departments” are among the priorities for Whitehall's incoming HR chief
Women and Equalities Select Committee: Cross-governmental transgender equality plan remains ‘largely unimplemented’
MPs warn Whitehall to up its game on delivering trans equality for staff and citizens
Cabinet secretary Sir Jeremy Heywood: "The dedication, creativity and indomitable spirit of civil servants remains unparalleled"
With the end of 2015 in sight, we asked Whitehall's top officials to review the year, set out their priorities for 2016 – and shed some light on their festive plans. Sir Jeremy Heywood, cabinet secretary and head of the civil service, takes part in our biggest-ever perm secs' round-up series...