The PSA will host a range of events and activities, which will seek to facilitate exchanges amongst and between academic colleagues and public service colleagues.

Forthcoming events

Understanding The Successive Compulsory Removal of Infants and Children: A Birth Mother Profiling Study

Tuesday 20 October 2015, 4.30pm - 6.15pm
Park House, 40 Edgbaston Park Road, University of Birmingham, B15 2RT

Led by: Karen Broadhurst (Senior Lecturer in Socio-Legal Studies) and Claire Mason (Research Associate) School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work, University of Manchester.

The seminar will focus on their current 2 year mixed methods national profiling study, funded by the Nuffield Foundation.

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Are you a 21st century public servant?

Tuesday 03 November 2015, 4.30pm - 6.15pm

Led By: Catherine Needham, Reader in Public Policy and Public Public Management, Health Services Management Centre.

Catherine will explore the skills, values and behaviours that people in public service roles need to demonstrate. How do social work managers develop effective careers and make space to reflect on practice?  What training, toolkits and other resources are available to support those processes?

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Getting over 'nature vs nurture' in education

Tuesday 10 November 2015

This ESRC Festival of Social Science workshop shares research that brings together current ideas from genetics and social science to re-think how we make sense of children and young people and their experiences of learning.

CoSS PSA 'Assemblages' Reading Group

Tuesday 08 October, 14.00 to 15.30
Room 329, Muirhead Tower

This reading group is open to CoSS academics and post-graduate research students with an interest in public services.

RSVP Liz Haydon ( ) to confirm attendance and receive a copy of the article for this session, or to join the mailing list for future meetings (next meeting, 12 November).

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