UK Policy

An Open Letter to the Chief of Ofsted and the Education Secretary

Ella Marshall | Posted 20.04.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Ella Marshall

Mr Wilshaw and Mrs Morgan, I sincerely hope that you do not rest easy at night when the servants of your system lie awake toiling and panicking over what extra workload tomorrow may bring...

Consensus Launch: Developing the Ideas That Unite Us

Stefanie Lehmann | Posted 18.04.2016 | UK Politics
Stefanie Lehmann

Our speakers, Jon Cruddas MP, Seema Malhotra MP, Councillor Sam Tarry, and Stephen Kinnock MP, didn't shy away from identifying some of the challenges we will face in trying to develop consensus on key issues.

Nothing to Learn From the Culture White Paper

Nigel Carrington | Posted 13.04.2016 | UK Politics
Nigel Carrington

What does this mean? In the current climate, any government commitment to culture is an achievement. But the narrowness of that commitment is a strategy in itself. Withdrawal of government support for cultural education from primary, secondary and tertiary state education has consequences.

Redundancies Make Headlines - Missed Opportunities Should Too

Ben Hughes | Posted 09.03.2016 | UK
Ben Hughes

Whenever a well-known business announces redundancies of hundreds of jobs it makes the headlines. We all understand the horrifying impact these kinds of decisions have on people and communities. So imagine where the UK's recovery would be without the 100,000 jobs that exist thanks to responsible finance lenders over the past 10 years.

Time for a Level Playing Field on Post-16 Education Options

Dr Julie Mills | Posted 13.02.2016 | UK
Dr Julie Mills

Hearing the news recently that the Government plans to bring in legislation around the provision of careers advice to students surrounding their post-...

An Open Letter to Nicky Morgan MP

Joeli Brearley | Posted 28.01.2016 | UK Parents
Joeli Brearley

Firstly, I do not believe that all employers behave like this out of malice, but out of ignorance. They panic, believing pregnancy could have a detrimental impact on their stability. Many are unaware of what the laws are.

Why the Greek Ultimatum Is Ultimately Idiotic

Maudie Fraser | Posted 28.01.2016 | UK Politics
Maudie Fraser

The EU is about unity, alliance and mutual support, and I am a backer of it in that capacity, but this dog-eat-dog backstabbing is corroding its very foundations and questioning the validity of the very high regard in which the rest of the world holds us.

Road Code Violations is Britain's Rising Problem

Mohadesa Najumi | Posted 10.12.2015 | UK
Mohadesa Najumi

Speeding, or as many know it, the tax you pay for having trying to get somewhere too fast or for trying to impress a hot girl on your date. Britain h...

World Food Security - It's Time to Stop Ignoring the 'Beasts of Burden'

Petra Ingram | Posted 16.11.2015 | UK
Petra Ingram

Food security is a major global issue. There are many facets of this complex issue, but there is a critical one that continues to be overlooked. This blind spot amounts to ignoring one of the most useful aides to people in the developing world, and the loss of a huge opportunity for international development. It is the contribution of working horses, donkeys and mules.

Infection Prevention: A Contagious Issue

Rose Gallagher | Posted 27.10.2015 | UK
Rose Gallagher

You are probably unaware that last week was International Infection Prevention Week. Unlike Bonfire Night or Christmas - this is generally not one for...

Corbyn's Wrong When It Comes to Education

Charlie Rigby | Posted 19.10.2015 | UK Politics
Charlie Rigby

Of course we want young people to make the most of their lives through a well-rounded education, but under Corbyn's plan I worry this will not be the case. Instead, if a National Education Service is implemented, the reality is society will be going at the speed of the slowest, and this is in nobody's interest.

Reforming Apprenticeships - Four Tips for the Tories

Channon Zhangazha | Posted 01.10.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Channon Zhangazha

Apprenticeships are attracting a huge amounts of interest from across the political spectrum. We've come a long way from the days when Tony Blair is said to have joked that political interest in vocational education was such that he could make a declaration of war in a speech about skills and no-one would ever notice.

The Shocking Plight of 330,000 Disabled Children in the UK

Fiona Smith | Posted 21.09.2015 | UK
Fiona Smith

We cannot rely on charities: this needs to be a top priority for our Government and we need to find ways of working together to address this issue. It's no good having policy in place if it is not put into practice. The system needs to be overhauled and fast, if we are to provide the care and support that all disabled children and their families deserve.

Making the World a Better Place for Animals: Animal Rights or Animal Welfare Science?

Dr Mark Kennedy | Posted 09.09.2015 | UK
Dr Mark Kennedy

Many of us want to see a better world for animals. A world where animals are never cruelly and intentionally abused, where dogs are not pitted against...

Money's Too Tight to Mention - The Way We Are Now 2015

Chris Sherwood | Posted 01.09.2015 | UK
Chris Sherwood

As Relate's new CEO I will make sure this report is used to continue to build our understanding of what people want and need from relationship support. And we are getting a very clear message from the stats - families need more help to get the balance between work and family life right.

Post-Politics: A Failed Mystification of Sound Bite and Cliche, Its Time Is at an End

Christian Garland | Posted 31.07.2015 | UK Politics
Christian Garland

The fact that Corbyn is so far ahead and looks set to actually win, is very in keeping with what happened in Scotland in May, along with the Greens own 1 million+ votes: the fact that politics must be about contestation and ideas not 'delivery' of a copy of a copy of sound bite and cliché: the time of 'post politics' is at an end.

Love in the Whitehall Machine

Ruth Sutherland | Posted 15.07.2015 | UK
Ruth Sutherland

The arguments we have with our children, partners, siblings and parents, the daily niggles, the dishwasher left unstacked, the pile of towels on the bathroom floor, are meaningless in the face of their love.

The Tax-Free Minimum Wage - A Gimmick or a Real Giveaway?

Conor D'Arcy | Posted 03.07.2015 | UK Politics
Conor D'Arcy

Amid the flurry of pre-election pledges made by each party, the Conservatives' 'Tax-Free Minimum Wage' attracted a curious mix of attention... Rather than a trivial tweak, the implications of this policy are potentially substantial and could lead to additional tax cuts, which could be announced as early as at next week's Budget.

What Could an EU Exit Mean for the UK Construction Industry?

Simon Thomas | Posted 23.06.2015 | UK
Simon Thomas

Even though the dust from the 2015 General Election has only just begun to settle, the political news agenda has already shifted to the next public po...

Youth Estrangement and Disownment Needs Status, Recognition and Definition

Becca Bland | Posted 28.05.2015 | UK
Becca Bland

It was inevitable that it was going to happen: the government always were going to wield cuts at the young. But the recent Queen's speech gives us an idea about where exactly the belt will be tightened, and who specifically will be unable to rely on the help of the state.

Five Tech Priorities for the New UK Government

Damian Radcliffe | Posted 27.05.2015 | UK Tech
Damian Radcliffe

Although the future of the BBC is likely to be the most high profile part of John Whittingdale's portfolio; technology - as a job enabler and creator - will no doubt also be a key priority. Here's my take on the top five tech issues likely to be sitting in the ministerial red box

A New Kind of Science Policy - Five Ways for David Cameron's New Government to Support Science

Dr Timo Hannay | Posted 19.05.2015 | UK Tech
Dr Timo Hannay

Though faced with an unenviable heap of political dilemmas, especially regarding our country's size, shape and place in the world, David Cameron and his colleagues would do well also to pay attention to one of the most important long-term drivers of social progress: science.

Have the Planets Aligned for Ed Miliband?

Leo Garbutt | Posted 10.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Leo Garbutt

Over the last century, there have been periods during which one set of commonly accepted values in British politics is replaced by another. This occur...

Government Chief Data Officer? We Need an Army of Data Analysts

Simon Dennis | Posted 12.04.2015 | UK Tech
Simon Dennis

By 2020 there will be 56.000 jobs across the UK for big data specialists, yet over three-quarters of big data positions are currently described as difficult to fill. Crucially, using data in public services is about achieving efficiencies, and that is key for any future government.

'All I Want For The Election Is Free Education'. What Students *Really* Want From Our Next Government

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 25.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education

Under 25s are a three million-strong voice and have the power to drastically impact on all of the political parties' fortunes this coming general elec...