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  • Dragons’ Den Episode 12, Series 18

    Posted on: - On blog: Dragons' Den: the Intellectual Property blog

    This week we saw some fiercely passionate entrepreneurs fighting for their businesses despite some tough questioning from the Dragons. From recyclable shoes to a finalist in MasterChef: The Professionals, I was on the edge of my seat...but who managed to secure an investment?  

  • What do PTAs do and why should you join one? PTA members answer your questions

    Posted on: - On blog: The Education Hub

    This week is Parentkind’s National PTA Week. To mark the week we put your questions to the chair and secretary of a Parent Teacher Association (PTA) from a school in Gloucestershire to find out more about what they do, why …

  • Coverage of Defra and Natural England’s announcement on protected landscapes

    Posted on: - On blog: Defra in the media

    In today’s blog, we look at the coverage for our ambitious proposals to create and improve protected landscapes across England.

  • Using research to design policies and services

    Posted on: - On blog: Public Policy Design

    Watch this short film of people who work in a multidisciplinary team talk about how they use research to make public policies and services.

  • Building for the future at HMCTS

    Posted on: - On blog: Inside HMCTS

    Since returning to the Ministry of Justice as Permanent Secretary earlier this year, I have been struck by the great progress HMCTS has made, both in both keeping justice moving throughout the past year, and also on its reform journey this past decade.

  • Farming in Protected Landscapes opens in July

    Posted on: - On blog: Future Farming

    Last week, I wrote a post about the importance of England’s Protected Landscapes – our National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Today, I’m pleased to tell you about the new Defra-funded Farming in Protected Landscapes programme, which will be open for applications from next month.

  • Transforming Accommodation Services for our Armed Forces families  

    Posted on: - On blog: Inside DIO

    David Brewer’s recent blog set out DIO’s new approach – through the Future Defence Infrastructure Services (FDIS) programme - to delivering efficient and effective hard facilities management services across the Built Estate, as existing contracts come to an end. That journey …

  • Opportunities expand for teaching partnerships

    Posted on: - On blog: Social work with adults

    Teaching partnerships, to improve placement opportunities and the quality of learning and development students experience on placement, have been a great success. So much so, government funding, channeled through the Department of Education and the Department for Health and Social Care, is now being expanded.

  • We’re hiring interaction and service designers!

    Posted on: - On blog: Design in government

    In Cabinet Office, we are looking for designers to join us and work on services that matter and are genuinely user-centred.

  • How we drive uptake of DIT's products with our users

    Posted on: - On blog: Digital trade

    Hear from the publishers behind Digital Trade on their top tips for DDaT professionals

  • Knowledge Assets Launch Event

    Posted on: - On blog: Knowledge Asset

    The Knowledge Assets team recently held a digital launch event to introduce their ambitious programme of work to a cross-Whitehall audience. We welcomed a host of expert speakers, including: Minister Solloway, Minister for Science, Research and Innovation Dr Andrew Mackintosh, …

  • Horizon Europe: Civil Security for Society €1.6 billion funding available

    Posted on: - On blog: Innovate UK

    I am pleased to announce the availability to UK innovators, working in academia, industry, research organisations and public bodies, a €1.6 billion funding opportunity through the EU Commission’s Horizon Europe Civil Security for Society Work Programme (Cluster 3).

  • Trainee teachers have really gone above and beyond this year

    Posted on: - On blog: Teaching

    From supporting the teaching of classes or bubbles to delivering remote education - this year’s trainee teachers have shown creativity, versatility and resilience. We asked trainees from Teach North/Outwood Institute of Education to tell us about some of their standout moments from the last year.

  • Might oaks from little acorns grow…?

    Posted on: - On blog: Forestry Commission

    A year in the life of Bella Murfin and Naomi Matthiessen, job share Directors for the Nature for Climate Fund Tree Programme in Defra.

  • Public service: A duty worth celebrating

    Posted on: - On blog: Planning Inspectorate

    Today, 23 June, is Public Service Day. To mark this important day, inspectors Menaka Sahai, Heidi Cruickshank and Richard Schofield share their thoughts on why they became an inspector and how the public service that they deliver is important for the nation.

  • Inclusive Innovation: looking forward to the next normal

    Posted on: - On blog: Innovate UK

    Recent events have shaken the world, bringing significant changes to our society and economy. In particular, the disproportionate impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic and the Black Lives Matter movement have brought inequality into sharp focus. It cannot be ignored.

  • Reduce, Reuse, Recycle - Plastic-Free July

    Posted on: - On blog: Civil Service Local

    Get involved with Plastic-Free July! Find out how to give your unwanted items another life or clean up your neighbourhood with a litter pick. Events organised by CSL NW Environment Network.

  • Increasing our pace from the start

    Posted on: - On blog: HM Land Registry

    Our Early Engagement Team plays an important role in promoting the benefits of our Local Land Charges service and accelerating the number and pace of local authority migrations. Team leader Jamie Winch explains how they're building working relationships with councils across England and Wales.

  • GSE Role Modelling: It's OK not to be OK

    Posted on: - On blog: Government Science and Engineering

    This post discusses how it’s ‘OK not to be OK’ as a role model. Being a ‘positive’ role model does not mean you must only be positive when something is not right. Inspire and empower others by speaking up and challenging when the need arises, or when support and help is required.

  • The road to Royal Air Force Reserves

    Posted on: - On blog: Inside DIO

    When I was 23, I walked into a military camp for the first time in my life to be interviewed for a job as an admin assistant at the Headquarters of the Surgeon General. I was met by a large, tattooed Scottish Army Major who shook my hand and welcomed me at the start of my career ‘behind the wire’.

  • GOV.UK Accounts: enabling proactive, personalised and joined-up services

    Posted on: - On blog: Government Digital Service

    Our work on GOV.UK Accounts is one of the most important ways for us to implement our ambitious vision for GOV.UK, so we wanted to give an update on its role we see it playing.

  • Why I’m Proud to be a Reservist

    Posted on: - On blog: Civil Service

    23 June is Reserves Day - a chance to recognise the remarkable contribution of civilians who give up their spare time to serve in the armed forces. Cabinet Office Civil Servant James Waller shares his pride to be a Naval …

  • Future farming: what's changing

    Posted on: - On blog: Future Farming

    Farmers and land managers will be rewarded for doing even more to improve the environment whilst producing high quality food and other products.

    This page gives an overview of the changes to farming in England.

  • Becoming part of the new DWP Digital function

    Posted on: - On blog: BPDTS Our Insights

    Next week, on 1 July, myself and my fellow BPDTS colleagues will transfer into and become part of a new digital function in DWP. Since our inception in 2016 we’ve worked alongside DWP colleagues on a day to day basis …

  • International Women in Engineering Day 2021

    Posted on: - On blog: Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education

    Today is International Women in Engineering Day. It’s a day where we celebrate the amazing work of women within the engineering sector. According to the Engineering UK 2018 report, only 12% of all engineers in the UK are women. We …

  • Women in Engineering Day 2021

    Posted on: - On blog: Government Science and Engineering

    Nishtha Chopra, Higher Radiation Protection Scientist, discusses her career in science as we look to celebrate International Women in Engineering Day on Wednesday 23 June.

  • Queen’s Award for Enterprise – Double Winner!

    Posted on: - On blog: The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise

    Pi has been awarded two Queen’s Awards for Enterprise, one for International Trade and the other for Innovation. Queen’s Award for Enterprise – International Trade At Pi we don’t have ‘customers’ and ‘export customers’, we just have customers. Every customer …

  • New European £2.3 billion research fund for social sciences/humanities

    Posted on: - On blog: Innovate UK

    Horizon Europe - opportunities for social scientists and humanities researchers. Funding for advancing scientific knowledge in the fields of social sciences and humanities falls under Cluster 2 – ‘Culture, Creativity and Inclusive Society.

    This Cluster 2 funds collaborative, challenge-led research within the following research areas: enhancing democratic governance and citizens participation, safeguarding and promoting cultural heritage, and responding to and shaping multifaceted social, economic, technological and cultural transformations.

  • Agricultural shows in 2021: come and talk to us

    Posted on: - On blog: Future Farming

    Agricultural shows bring people together: to network, to do business, to give the public a glimpse into farming life. We are preparing to attend 7 shows this summer, here are the details.

  • Transforming our services: Appeals, applications and examinations

    Posted on: - On blog: Planning Inspectorate

    Stephen Read introduces the work to improve our 3 service areas and how it will make it easier for customers to do business with us.

  • Pride at HMRC, Harry's Story

    Posted on: - On blog: HMRC digital

    We celebrate Pride Month every June to recognise the progress made for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT+) people, as well as marking the anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. In June of 1969, a police raid of the Stonewall Inn, …

  • Giving nature a digital hand

    Posted on: - On blog: Defra digital

    Tracey Friday, a product owner in the Digital Transformation team at Natural England working on delivering digital services for Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG), shares her experience of being on the ‘other side’ of the customer-supplier fence.

  • Expanding the Teaching Partnerships Programme: Creating the right environments for excellent practice and innovation

    Posted on: - On blog: Social work with children and families

    Read how 4 Teaching Partnerships are working to secure a steady stream of high-calibre social workers to the frontline.

  • GSE Opportunities: Systems Thinking Level 7 Apprenticeship

    Posted on: - On blog: Government Science and Engineering

    A new two-year, blended approach apprenticeship starting in January 2022 is being delivered by the University of Exeter. The apprenticeship has been designed for the public service to improve the quality and use of evidence-based scientific advice to government, and …

  • Coverage of Amazon waste allegations

    Posted on: - On blog: Defra in the media

    On today's blog we are looking at the regulations to make sure all retailers take greater responsibility for electricals.

  • Working for Companies House: Sophie's Story

    Posted on: - On blog: Companies House

    Sophie has always recognised the importance of being happy in a job, which is why her career so far has come in 3 phases. Find out how she’s finally found her passion at Companies House. This is the second in a new series where employees reflect on what makes Companies House special to them.

  • Care Home Open Week preview: Beacons of hope

    Posted on: - On blog: Social care

    For almost a decade, care home open days have seen care homes all over the country open their doors to families, friends and local communities. This year’s event, which takes place across a week (28 June - 4 July), has particular significance, providing an opportunity to reunite care homes with their local communities, while celebrating the incredible care colleagues who have remained on the frontline throughout the pandemic.

  • Retail banking: how we’ve made switching easier

    Posted on: - On blog: Competition and Markets Authority

    There are many benefits to switching your current account to another bank or building society. Peter Hill explains why switching can be a great idea, and the work we’ve done to make the process easier and simpler for you.

  • Happy World Humanist Day

    Posted on: - On blog: Civil Service

    What is humanism? Humanists hold a naturalistic worldview. To mark World Humanist Day on 21 June, Liz Lutgendorff  sheds light on what it means to live without following a traditional religion. Even though non-religious people make up more than half …

  • Grow your career in the South West

    Posted on: - On blog: Civil Service Local

    Are you aware of the Civil Service Careers website? It contains a wealth of information on the range of departments and career opportunities in the south west for you to develop your career.