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Blog: The English question

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Written by Martin Stott. It is worth contemplating the possibility of a scenario in which Scotland votes for independence in September and a new Government holds an 'in/out' referendum on the remainder of the UK's membership of the EU in 2017 – and the vote produces an 'out' result. Whether it is of the social democratic variety espoused by the SNP in Scotland, or the populist nationalism of UKIP in England, nationalism is having a profound effect on British politics.
Date:
Friday 17th January 2014

Blog: Where have all the politics gone? On wildebeest, lions and other political animals

Blog: Where have all the politics gone? On wildebeest, lions and other political animals
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Written by Catherine Staite. "One benefit of spending many days mass catering and washing up over Christmas has been the companionship of Radio 4 news programmes. Sadly, I now feel a bit like those women who decide on divorce just after Christmas. Prolonged exposure to political reporting has left me feeling betrayed and irritated in equal measure."
Date:
Friday 10th January 2014

International Collaboration map

International Collaboration map
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The College of Social Sciences is proud of its extensive links with universities and other strategic partners throughout the world. Through our network of global partnerships, we engage in a wide range of activities including staff and student exchange and collaboration in research and teaching.
Date:
Thursday 19th December 2013

Doctoral Researchers Yearbook 2013

Doctoral Researchers Yearbook 2013
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The Yearbook showcases the innovative and cutting edge work of the Doctoral Researchers in the Schools of Business, Education, Government and Society and Social Policy. The quality of the research being undertaken within our Doctoral Research Community is outstanding and this Yearbook highlights the impressive scope, depth and breadth of the research being undertaken.
Date:
Wednesday 18th December 2013

Video: International students at the University of Birmingham

Video: International students at the University of Birmingham
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International students from Indonesia, Brunei, Thailand, Vietnam and Malaysia at the University of Birmingham talk about their time at Birmingham, including their experiences living in a vibrant and multicultural UK city.
Date:
Tuesday 10th December 2013

Autumn Statement 2013 - Response

Autumn Statement 2013 - Response
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We asked six leading academics for their response to the government's Autumn Statement and the likely impact it could have on everything from taxes to local service provision, the high street to personal wealth.
Date:
Tuesday 10th December 2013

Autumn Statement 2013 - Expert Opinions

Autumn Statement 2013 - Expert Opinions
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We asked six leading academics for their expert opinions on this week's Autumn Statement and the likely impact it could have on everything from taxes to local service provision, the high street to personal wealth.
Date:
Wednesday 4th December 2013

Listen to our latest podcasts

Listen to our latest podcasts
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Listen to the latest podcasts from across the School of Government and Society. Podcasts include our Departmental termly seminar series, academic research and current affairs.
Date:
Friday 22nd November 2013

Blog: Electoral reform: STV for local elections and first-time compulsory voting

Blog: Electoral reform: STV for local elections and first-time compulsory voting
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Written by Chris Game. Two research-based reports on electoral reform appeared almost simultaneously last week. Great for anoraks, but for a local government blog a dilemma. Only one report directly concerns local government, and here, therefore, it properly leads off. But the second is – how to put this – at least methodologically the more interesting and will receive the greater attention.
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Friday 22nd November 2013

The Conversation: Hard Evidence: is it possible to forecast HS2's benefits?

The Conversation: Hard Evidence: is it possible to forecast HS2's benefits?
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Written by Rebecca O'Neill, INLOGOV PhD researcher. The recent publication of the government's strategic case for HS2 has added to mounting concerns about the strength and validity of evidence put forward to support the project. Previously, the business case report written by KPMG stated that the high-speed rail link could benefit the UK by £15 billion a year – a claim made just days before a critical vote in parliament that secured further funding.
Date:
Thursday 21st November 2013

ESRC grant success for Birmingham

ESRC grant success for Birmingham
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We are delighted to announce that the University of Birmingham has risen to third in the UK with Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) grant success in terms of values of award according to the Times Higher statistics.
Date:
Wednesday 20th November 2013

Blog: A reply to Frazer Nelson: the only thing astonishing is how little power local authorities have

Blog: A reply to Frazer Nelson: the only thing astonishing is how little power local authorities have
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Written by Catherine Staite. Fraser Nelson's article on Birmingham City Council last Friday was a very disappointing offering from an experienced journalist and a reputable paper – more Daily Mail then Daily Telegraph. It was riddled with inaccuracies.
Date:
Monday 18th November 2013

The Conversation: After a slow start, police commissioners hit their stride

The Conversation: After a slow start, police commissioners hit their stride
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The "plebgate" saga has once again raised questions about police integrity and dented public trust and confidence in policing more generally. Building such trust was, of course, one of the coalition government's arguments for introducing police and crime commissioners (PCCs). Elections for the first PCCs took place exactly a year ago and despite initial criticisms, they do appear to be making a difference.
Date:
Friday 15th November 2013

Economic and Social Research Council funding

Economic and Social Research Council funding
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We are able to offer 22 ESRC scholarships to fund postgraduate training and doctoral research, with both +3 (PhD) and 1+3 (Masters and PhD) funding available. A full ESRC scholarship comprises research fees, relevant bench fees, and an annual Research Council stipend (£13,726 in 2013/14). Applications for ESRC funding beginning in October 2014 are now being accepted.
Date:
Wednesday 13th November 2013

INLOGOV Postgraduate Taster Days

INLOGOV Postgraduate Taster Days
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12 December 2013 and 16 January 2014. Are you an individual planning to invest in your future with a postgraduate qualification? Or are you you an organisation planning to invest in building capacity within your organisation? If the answer is yes – then register for an INLOGOV Taster Day to find out more about what INLOGOV can offer you or your organisation.
Date:
Friday 8th November 2013

New Executive Programme in Collaborative Strategy

New Executive Programme in Collaborative Strategy
Description
12, 13 December 2013 and 16, 17 January 2014. This module gives you the tools to develop genuinely collaborative strategies, so that your partnerships deliver better outcomes at lower cost.
Date:
Friday 8th November 2013

New Executive Programme in Outcomes, Performance and Resources

New Executive Programme in Outcomes, Performance and Resources
Description
06, 07 March and 03, 04 April 2014. At a time of public sector austerity, value for money takes on a greater-than-ever priority. This course addresses key questions in efficiency and performance and shows how services can be defended against retrenchment budgeting by clear evaluation of outcomes.
Date:
Friday 8th November 2013

New Executive Programme in Public Management and Leadership

New Executive Programme in Public Management and Leadership
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15, 16 May and 05, 06 June 2014. This programme will give you a firm grounding in the theories of leadership and management in the context of a fast-changing public sector. You will learn new ways of looking at old problems and gain invaluable insights from the experience of successful leaders.
Date:
Friday 8th November 2013

Blog: The paradoxical nature of being successful

Blog: The paradoxical nature of being successful
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Written by Ian Briggs. The world of social science can be an odd place at times. Much is quite rightly being made of the impact of severe reductions in public spending, but when social scientists look at the levels of satisfaction with public services, many see the general quality of services remaining high.
Date:
Wednesday 6th November 2013

Postgraduate Open Day - 27 November 2013

Postgraduate Open Day - 27 November 2013
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The next Postgraduate Open Day will be held on Wednesday 27 November 2013. You can now book your place.
Date:
Tuesday 5th November 2013
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