UK Policy

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...

So What Have Politicians Done for the UK End FGM Campaign In 2014?

Hilary Burrage | Posted 03.03.2015 | UK Politics
Hilary Burrage

In 2015 could the emerging FGM Unit please find some serious longer term money, tighten up the loose ends and tell us who is ultimately in charge? Then there'll be a decent chance FGM will end in Britain.

To See the Future of Science We Need to Look Beyond the '2.0 Paradigm'

Dirk Jan van den Berg | Posted 21.01.2015 | UK Tech
Dirk Jan van den Berg

The vernacular of 'Science 2.0' has become increasingly utilised in the debate about the future of science. Many media articles and conferences focus on this topic, and the European Commission has recently held a public consultation to better understand the impact of 2.0 and desirability of policy action to enable it.

Tackling Obesity in Supply Chains

Harriet Lamb | Posted 17.01.2015 | UK
Harriet Lamb

Sadly the saying about 'living off the fat of the land' looks all too anachronistic: half of the world's hungry people are themselves farmers. But if you suggest that farmers in developing countries who grow our food should be paid more, people throw up their hands in horror and cry: 'What about consumers in Europe? How can they afford to pay more? We must keep food prices down for them'.

Suicide Is a Global Healthcare Crisis

Cynthia Joyce | Posted 18.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Cynthia Joyce

The collective grief around the death of Robin Williams has been remarkable, but not at all surprising... what I cannot understand is why there isn't a similar collective public call to urgently address suicide. This is a healthcare crisis - indeed, it has been one for some time.

Could You Soon Be Borrowing Your Student Loan From Your University?

The Huffington Post UK | Miriam Brown | Posted 29.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Graduates could soon be repaying their student loan to their university, if a new policy proposed by the former universities minister goes ahead. U...

Is It Time to Stop Talking About Transformation?

Julian Dobson | Posted 16.09.2014 | UK Politics
Julian Dobson

There are words that have all the impact of a car alarm going off in the middle of the night. They scream at you, but most of the time they mean nothing. One such word is 'transformation'.

Summertime Sadness For UK parents

Ellen Broomé | Posted 16.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ellen Broomé

The summer holidays are meant to be idyllic days spent with family having ice cream on sunny beaches. Unfortunately, for many parents the long summer holidays are a source of worry and stress. As schools break up, this is the last week that many parents will know what to do for childcare.

Mr. Miliband: Pleasant Presentations Won't Make Pragmatic Policies

June O'Sullivan MBE | Posted 09.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
June O'Sullivan MBE

I attended the Inclusive Prosperity Conference at the Science Museum this week which was chaired by Ed Balls MP and the keynote speaker was Ed Miliband... Mr. Miliband warned that he won't always agree with us but my advice to him is to listen and think until his head hurts.