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Creative solutions for forward thinking local governments

Darren Hunt, Director, Public Sector at SAP, examines how technology is transforming local government and services... Local government is many things to many people. It provides services to citizens, protects the public, runs transportation systems, supports education, collects taxes and promotes economic growth. It also has to manage its internal operations,...
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Theresa May reshuffles cabinet as she takes office

In the past 24 hours new Prime Minister Theresa May has been making ministerial appointments. AG looks at who is in and who is out… As Theresa May settles into her new position as Prime Minister she undoubtedly has a monumental task ahead of her. Negotiating Britain’s exit from the...

Tory leadership race to begin

Following the resignation of David Cameron, the Conservatives must now chose a new leader to take the party and the country forward… Since the vote on Friday it has been a tumultuous ride for politics in the UK. Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the opposition, faced a coup within his own...

Construction and property offer growth post-Brexit

The construction industry could offer the key to thriving outside the EU, while the property sector expects to see some growth… Construction could remain a key driver of economic growth in the future following the EU referendum vote. The National Federation of Builders (NFB) called for the government to maintain capital...

Derbyshire children’s centres to close

Derbyshire County Council has revealed a number of children’s centres will close or be relocated due to budget difficulties… A total of 29 children’s centres are set to close across Derbyshire after the county council’s cabinet agreed to budget saving measures. Councillors met earlier this week after an extensive...
digital skills

MPs warn the UK is heading towards a digital skills crisis

MPs have warned urgent action is needed to tackle a digital skills crisis in the UK, which costs the UK some £63bn a year in lost income… MPs on the Commons Science and Technology Committee have called for urgent action to tackle the digital skills crisis. The committee said the...
telemedicine

mHEALTH: Challenges, hopes and doubts

There are many hopes and at the same time, doubts related to the mHealth development. Here MEP Michal Boni explains the reasons why… Firstly, mHealth development is part of the digital revolution. It means that all aspects of the functions of the healthcare systems can be changed under the conditions related...
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Queen’s Speech: what are the plans for the year ahead?

Today the Queen outlined the government’s plans for legislation for the year ahead during the official state opening of parliament… The official state opening of parliament today presented an opportunity for the government to outline its plans for the rest of the year. The speech, given by the Queen, highlighted...

Facility management in healthcare institutions

Prof. Dr. Susanne Hofer, Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Institute of Facility Management, asks why the non-medical processes are well worth a closer look. Facility Management – a broad concept According to the European Committee for Standardisation Facility Management (FM) is defined as, ‘the integration of processes within an organisation to maintain...
research

EU Commissioner calls for research papers to be free to read

EU Commissioner for Research Carlos Moedas gives support for EU-funded research papers to be free to read - although not necessarily free to publish

The ESRC HIVE-PED delivers expert research seminars

The ESRC-funded Higher Vocational Education and Pedagogy (HIVE-PED) research seminar series has organised and delivered nine expert seminars and two conferences during 2013-16, with a focus on research findings on parity, progression and social mobility in England.
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The ESRC HIVE-PED Seminar Series

The ESRC-funded Higher Vocational Education and Pedagogy (HIVE-PED) research seminar series has organised and delivered nine expert seminars and two conferences during 2013-16, with a focus on research findings on parity, progression and social mobility in England, but including also comparative international perspectives. The ESRC seminars project is led by...
EU

EU Referendum: What does it mean for farming, chocolate and our younger generation?

The terrorist attacks last week were aimed right at the nerve centre of the European Union, and through the lens of the referendum here in the UK the aftermath seems to have served to polarise opinion further. There are those attempting to articulate the argument that the UK would be...

UK to benefit from big data and IoT

Mark Wilkinson, Regional Vice President – Northern Europe and Russia/CIS at SAS Software UK outlines the value of the Internet of Things and big data for the UK economy… The value of big data equity in the UK was estimated at £12bn a year or 0.7% of the annual Gross...

Indoor Positioning Systems – We know where you are

Jim Sinopoli, Managing Principal at Smart Buildings LLC highlights the benefits for Indoor Positioning Systems… Studies have found that people spend 80-90% of their time indoors, so it’s no surprise that one of the most promising technologies for buildings is Indoor Positioning Systems (IPS). An IPS simply locates objects and...

The circular economy opportunity

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation sheds light on the circular economy and why it is an opportunity not to be missed…  Today’s linear economy – in which resources are extracted, made into products, sold and ultimately thrown away – arguably faces its biggest challenges, on a number of fronts. A range...
gender equality

Creating gender equality knowledge in Switzerland today

Brigitte Liebig, Swiss National Science Foundation on the results of the NRP 60 program & how it will create knowledge regarding gender equality
ocean

Climate Change: Ignore the ocean at your peril

Niall McDonough, Executive Secretary at the European Marine Board outlines why the ocean should be part of the climate change discussion The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change COP21 meeting in Paris in December delivered an ambitious agreement on mitigating the effects of climate change. Before Paris, many commentators...

The circular economy opportunity

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation sheds light on the circular economy and why it is an opportunity not to be missed Today’s linear economy – in which resources are extracted, made into products, sold and ultimately thrown away – arguably faces its biggest challenges, on a number of fronts. A range...
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Musculoskeletal disorders in the workplace

Christa Sedlatschek, Director at the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work outlines how musculoskeletal disorders affect workplaces across Europe Across Europe, musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are one of the most common occupational safety and health (OSH) risks in the workplace. They are found across many sectors, including agriculture, construction,...

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