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Accredited short course: Executive Programme in Strategic Commissioning

Accredited short course: Executive Programme in Strategic Commissioning
Description
Accredited five day programme - This course has grown out of INLOGOV's longstanding experience of research and development programmes for officers, board members and politicians involved in strategic commissioning across a wide range of public service organisations. It examines the strengths and limitations of models of commissioning across levels of government, as well as in specific service sectors.
Date:
Monday 9th September 2013

Blog: Improve your prospects by studying with INLOGOV

Blog: Improve your prospects by studying with INLOGOV
Description
There has never been a better time to invest in your future. Local government – and the wider public sector- needs creative, agile and intelligent leaders who can respond to a fast-changing and challenging environment. But – more people are competing for fewer jobs.
Date:
Thursday 29th August 2013

The Conversation UK

The Conversation UK
Description
The Conversation is an independent source of news and views, sourced from the academic and research community and delivered direct to the public. Academics from all over the world contribute to discussion on The Conversation, including those here in the School of Government and Society.
Date:
Friday 9th August 2013

Complete our Online Survey and win an iPad

Complete our Online Survey and win an iPad
Description
This online survey is now closed. If you would still like to contribute your views please contact Carrie Bennett, University of Birmingham email: c.a.bennett@bham.ac.uk
Date:
Friday 9th August 2013

Blog: "Birmingham City Council Bans New Payday Lending" - that's Birmingham, Alabama, of course

Blog: "Birmingham City Council Bans New Payday Lending" - that's Birmingham, Alabama, of course
Description
I was reminded recently, as the Archbishop of Canterbury was skirmishing with Wonga, and Plymouth City Council banning payday loan advertising on bus shelters and city centre hoardings, of an internet headline from a couple of years ago: "Birmingham City Council Bans New Payday Lending". It naturally got my attention, if only for the few seconds it took to realise that, regrettably, it simply had to be the 'other' Birmingham, the one in the southern American state of Alabama. Written by Chris Game.
Date:
Thursday 8th August 2013

Blog: Fracking: the latest challenge in the Tory heartlands

Blog:  Fracking: the latest challenge in the Tory heartlands
Description
Martin Stott joined INLOGOV as an Associate in 2012 after a 25 year career in local government. He is National Policy Adviser on minerals planning for the Royal Town Planning Institute.
Date:
Wednesday 7th August 2013

Student funding opportunities

Student funding opportunities
Description
Study with us at Birmingham and you'll have the opportunity to access a range of funding and bursaries to enhance your student experience!
Date:
Wednesday 31st July 2013

Orchestrating the possible for integrated care

Orchestrating the possible for integrated care
Description
New report entitled 'Health and Wellbeing Boards: Orchestrating the possible for integrated care' has been published.
Date:
Monday 29th July 2013

Upgrading Your Existing Postgraduate Qualification

Upgrading Your Existing Postgraduate Qualification
Description
You can upgrade your existing postgraduate qualifications with us to study for either a Masters, Postgraduate Diploma, Postgraduate Certificate or one-off accredited modules.
Date:
Friday 26th July 2013

Blog: Dr Foster's day out in the sun: the use and abuse of hospital mortality rates

Blog: Dr Foster's day out in the sun: the use and abuse of hospital mortality rates
Description
Chris Game is a Visiting Lecturer at INLOGOV interested in the politics of local government; local elections, electoral reform and other electoral behaviour; party politics; political leadership and management; member-officer relations; central-local relations; use of consumer and opinion research in local government; the modernisation agenda and the implementation of executive local government.
Date:
Thursday 25th July 2013

Blog: Picturing place: citizen participation in the age of social media

Description
Katherine Tonkiss is a Research Fellow at INLOGOV. She is currently working on a three year, ESRC funded project titled Shrinking the State, and is converting her PhD thesis, on the subject of migration and identity, into a book to be published later this year with Palgrave Macmillan.
Date:
Wednesday 24th July 2013

INLOGOV MSc Dissertations

INLOGOV MSc Dissertations
Description
Recently we had a week of Postgraduate posts on the INLOGOV blog - five of our MSc students wrote blogs based on their dissertations.
Date:
Tuesday 23rd July 2013

Blog: The 'Detroit question' and Parish Councils

Blog: The 'Detroit question' and Parish Councils
Description
Ian Briggs is a Senior Fellow at the Institute of Local Government Studies. He has research interests in the development and assessment of leadership, performance coaching, organisational development and change, and the establishment of shared service provision.
Date:
Tuesday 23rd July 2013

INLOGOV Postgraduate programmes

INLOGOV Postgraduate programmes
Description
Build a new career with an MSc from the Institute of Local Government Studies (INLOGOV). Our programmes provide a challenging and inspiring study experience for both existing and aspiring practitioners in local public and voluntary sector organisations. They equip participants with the knowledge, skills and confidence to develop their careers and to make a significant contribution within the fast-changing world of public service.
Date:
Monday 22nd July 2013

Accredited short course: Certificate in Overview and Scrutiny

Accredited short course: Certificate in Overview and Scrutiny
Description
This three day programme works through the stages and techniques of the scrutiny process, and the ways in which it may be used both to hold executives to account and to develop policy. It may be used as an induction and training in the principles of good scrutiny for those who are new or relatively new to the topic (including an update on issues for scrutiny raised by new legislation and the Coalition's approach to local government). It will also assist those with experience of scrutiny to develop their skills and improve their practice.
Date:
Monday 22nd July 2013

Blog: Examining citizen participation: theory and practice

Blog: Examining citizen participation: theory and practice
Description
Laurens de Graaf is a lecturer at Tilburg School of Politics and Public Administration, Tilburg University, The Netherlands. In the last ten years he conducted theoretical and empirical research with regard to citizens participation and in a broader sense: the functioning of local democracy. He is often in the field moderating workshops and trainings for councillors, mayors, active citizens and (neighbourhood) professionals about their role and their potential added value to local democracy.
Date:
Monday 22nd July 2013

Accredited short course: Certificate in Scrutiny Methods and Investigations

Accredited short course: Certificate in Scrutiny Methods and Investigations
Description
Accredited short course (accreditation is subject to University approval) - This programme is designed for those involved or interested in scrutiny in local government, but the material covered here, i.e. applied research techniques for policy analysts, is extremely relevant to policy analysts, or those aspiring to become policy analysts, interested in learning about practical research and information gathering techniques.
Date:
Monday 22nd July 2013

Blog: Reflecting on the doctoral take-over

Blog: Reflecting on the doctoral take-over
Description
Over the last ten days the INLOGOV blog has reflected some of the great talent we currently have within our PhD cohort. INLOGOV has 28 students, a quarter of which are part time and working in public service. We like to think this gives a distinct flavour to our programme. The blog over recent days profiled some of the great work among current students and reflections from previous INLOGOV graduates of our doctoral programme.
Date:
Friday 19th July 2013

Blog: Finding an academic home

Blog: Finding an academic home
Description
Mark Roberts is a Research Fellow in the Department of Politics and Public Policy at De Montfort University, Leicester. His research interests include citizen participation, neighbourhood working, new institutional theory, interpretive analysis and the influence of religion and race in urban politics. Before completing his PhD at INLOGOV, Dr Roberts worked in local authority social work for twenty nine years, with his last post being Deputy Director of Social Services in Sandwell MBC in the West Midlands.
Date:
Friday 19th July 2013

Blog: Different expectations and different contexts

Blog: Different expectations and different contexts
Description
Dr Thom Oliver is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Oxford Brookes Business School. He completed his PhD, exploring the representative role of councillors on appointed bodies, at INLOGOV in 2011. He currently lives in Bristol and has recently rejoined INLOGOV as an Associate.
Date:
Thursday 18th July 2013
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