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Video: Saving Humans: Risk, Intervention, Survival

Video: Saving Humans: Risk, Intervention, Survival
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'Saving Humans' is an innovative and timely theme which consolidates existing University research agendas, provides opportunities for creating novel and exciting partnerships, transcends divides between arts, social sciences and natural sciences and, most importantly, addresses broader issues of social, political and moral concern for humanity's future.
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Friday 11th October 2013

Blog: Leading a Council: insights from Warwickshire

Blog: Leading a Council: insights from Warwickshire
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Written by Izzi Seccombe. "May 2nd 2013 was a greatly significant day. Not only was I appointed leader of Warwickshire County Council, but, as the first female leader, I felt incredibly proud and honoured to be steering our county borough into the future."
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Friday 11th October 2013

Blog: If I asked you to describe a 21st century public servant, what would you say?

Blog: If I asked you to describe a 21st century public servant, what would you say?
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Written by Catherine Mangan. I read with interest the recent announcement from Birmingham City Council that they did not intend to recruit a replacement chief executive, but would instead create a 'lead officer' role. A few years ago it would have been unthinkable not to have a chief executive at the head of a council. Now, with councils debating what their role is, and the need to seize an opportunity to make savings, more and more councils are making the decision to remove the chief executive post entirely.
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Thursday 10th October 2013

Blog: The managerial-political interface: strong relationships prosper in difficult times

Blog: The managerial-political interface: strong relationships prosper in difficult times
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Written by Andrew Muter, Chief Executive of Newark and Sherwood District Council. "The Chief Executive's leadership position in Local Government operates in a different context to simple hierarchies. We all manage at the political interface – what some have termed a grey area between the hurly-burly of big P Politics and the general management of the organization. And the relationship at the core is that between the Leader and Chief Executive."
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Thursday 10th October 2013

Blog: Relational leadership, group dynamics and personal identity.

Blog: Relational leadership, group dynamics and personal identity.
Description
Written by Kim Ryley. Kim Ryley is a recent Past President of the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives and a Trustee of the Leadership Centre. He has 14 years experience as a Chief Executive in four upper tier local authorities. Kim is currently a freelance Leadership Development Consultant and Director of Torque Leadership Associates Ltd.
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Tuesday 8th October 2013

Executive Programme in Strategic Commissioning (5 day course)

Executive Programme in Strategic Commissioning (5 day course)
Description
3, 4 and 5 March and 28, 29 April 2014. This Executive Programme in Strategic Commissioning focuses directly on the current challenge of coping with public service funding cuts at a time of rising service needs and expectations.
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Monday 7th October 2013

Blog: Keeping the door open to new ideas on leadership: Why the public sector may be leading the way

Blog: Keeping the door open to new ideas on leadership: Why the public sector may be leading the way
Description
Written by Ian Briggs. In 1981, Ralf Stogdill published with Bernie Bass a taxonomy of leadership research. To scholars of leadership this Magnus opus has performed two vital functions: firstly, it has been invaluable in keeping open cathedral doors in a gale; and secondly as a work of undoubted scholarly value that it is has served to demonstrate how often confused and misplaced a great deal of leadership research in the past has been.
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Monday 7th October 2013

Executive Programme in Collaborative Strategy (4 day course)

Executive Programme in Collaborative Strategy (4 day course)
Description
12, 13 December 2013 and 16, 17 January 2014. Everyone in the public sector needs to understand why successful collaboration is crucial to success in transformation, costreduction and improved outcomes. But it isn't easy. Each partner will have a different culture and different imperatives and you need to understand what drives them before you can work in partnership effectively. How can you harness the benefits and avoid the pitfalls of collaboration? This module gives you the tools to develop genuinely collaborative strategies, so that your partnerships deliver better outcomes at lower cost.
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Monday 7th October 2013

Blog: George Osborne's budget surplus: paid for by local government

Blog: George Osborne's budget surplus: paid for by local government
Description
Written by Chris Game. In his party conference speech on Monday, Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne announced that a Conservative Government would seek, by the end of the 2015-20 Parliament, to have eliminated completely the roughly £120 billion national deficit and be running a budget surplus.
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Friday 4th October 2013

Blog: A new response to the 'jaws of doom'

Blog: A new response to the 'jaws of doom'
Description
Catherine Staite responds to Local Government Chronicle's anonymous 'Insider' columnist about the 'jaws of doom' and INLOGOV's New Model of Public Services.
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Thursday 3rd October 2013

Blog: Caught in the crossfire: local authority outsourcing and the murky world of employment law

Blog: Caught in the crossfire: local authority outsourcing and the murky world of employment law
Description
Written by Ian Briggs. Given the extent of legislation affecting officers and members in local government, it can be rather misleading to see the influence of Westminster solely through the lens of direct local government legislation. Wider legislation on employment has arguably had as big an impact on the way that local government and local government services are delivered.
Date:
Thursday 3rd October 2013

Blog: The Butler 1944 Education Act: both milestone and millstone

Description
A 'Legislative game-changer' was what we were asked for. Or was it 'Legislative Game-changer'? No matter; this one was both. It's exactly a half-century since the summer of '63: Profumo and Keeler, Philby, the Great Train Robbery, the Beatles, Sindy dolls, and my leaving the boys' grammar school, to which I'd 'won' a place seven years earlier by passing the compulsory 11-plus exam, and going to university. Statement of fact, but also declaration of interest.
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Tuesday 1st October 2013

Blog: The Housing Acts of 1980: a watershed in housing policy

Blog: The Housing Acts of 1980: a watershed in housing policy
Description
Alan Murie and Chris Watson are former Directors of the Centre for Urban and Regional Studies at the University of Birmingham. Alan Murie is Emeritus Professor of Urban and Regional Studies and Chris Watson is Honorary Senior Lecturer. Both are members of the Housing and Communities Research Network in the University's School of Social Policy.
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Wednesday 25th September 2013

Blog: Direct Payments Act 1996: a legislative game-changer on a slow burn

Blog: Direct Payments Act 1996: a legislative game-changer on a slow burn
Description
By Catherine Needham. Some legislative game-changers have a high-profile passage through Parliament, with much media fanfare about how things will never be the same again: gay rights legislation, for example, fits into this category. Other game-changers proceed more quietly, with their immediate implications limited to a relatively small number of people. This latter type can be characterised as 'valve' legislation, in the sense that once passed there is no going back, even if this is not fully appreciated at the time.
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Tuesday 24th September 2013

Blog: The Health Act 2006: Behaviour change in action?

Blog: The Health Act 2006: Behaviour change in action?
Description
By Catherine Staite. The Health Act 2006 is a very dull title for an Act of Parliament which has had such a profound and universally beneficial impact on all our lives. It enacted the ban on smoking in enclosed places to which the public have access.
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Monday 23rd September 2013

Birmingham announced as University of the Year

Birmingham announced as University of the Year
Description
The University of Birmingham has been named University of the Year 2014 in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide.
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Saturday 21st September 2013

Blog: Who'll work with the Lib Dems?

Blog: Who'll work with the Lib Dems?
Description
By Chris Game. One of the few perks of my first paid research job was visiting the major party conferences. This was in the early 1970s, when policies were genuinely debated, votes were taken and mattered, and leaders' speeches didn't have to be delivered without visible notes.
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Friday 20th September 2013

Blog: The role of social value outcomes in commissioning services

Blog: The role of social value outcomes in commissioning services
Description
William Jabang is a Doctoral Researcher at INLOGOV. His PhD research is focused on commissioning and procuring social value.
Date:
Tuesday 10th September 2013

Global ranking reinforces Birmingham's position as a world-class university

Global ranking reinforces Birmingham's position as a world-class university
Description
The University of Birmingham has made an impressive 15 place rise to 62nd in this year's QS World University Rankings, cementing its position in the top 100 universities globally and placing it 10th in the UK.
Date:
Tuesday 10th September 2013

Blog: Bankruptcies, scofflaws and aldermen: differentiated by a common language

Blog: Bankruptcies, scofflaws and aldermen: differentiated by a common language
Description
Written by Chris Game. It must have happened to you. You come across a word for, as far as you're aware, the first time in your life, you learn its meaning, and then read or hear it again in a quite different context just a few days later.
Date:
Monday 9th September 2013
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