Marloes Peeters on Her Week in Westminster

My Week in Westminster #SciWestminster17 By Marloes Peeters (lecturer Chemical Biology ManMet) After Brexit and recent comments of Michael Gove (“Britain has had enough of experts”), I gained an interest in how policymakers use scientific evidence to support their decisions. … Continue reading

Man Met scientists join politicians for a week in Westminister

Dr Marloes Peeters and Dr James Pritchett are part of a unique pairing scheme run by the Royal Society. The scheme pairs scientists with politicians and civil servants so that they can learn about each other’s worlds, and explore how … Continue reading

New MetroPolis magazine is out now

Before we even knew who the candidates were to be the first directly elected Metro Mayors, we took a very firm view that we would actively engage with our devolved political structures, either just up the road in Manchester city … Continue reading

Has the Chancellor addressed the housing crisis?

Dr. Chris O’Leary of the Policy Evaluation and Research Unit and an expert on housing asks whether proposals in the Chancellor’s budget really address the challenges in the housing market. ‘The housing market is broken’ (DCLG, 2017) is the bold … Continue reading

Has the Chancellor lost an opportunity to have a budget for youth?

Gary Pollock, Professor of Sociology at Manchester Metropolitan University and an expert on youth transitions from childhood to adulthood comments on today’s budget. Following a surge in support from students for the policies of Labour under Jeremy Corbyn, debates over … Continue reading

Britain’s silent centrists, holding out for a Macron

As the Conservative minority government lurches from one crisis to another, according to a YouGov poll for The Times, the proportion of people who think that Theresa May makes the best prime minister has gone UP. Labour may be slightly … Continue reading

Innovative Social Investment: Strengthening communities in Europe (InnOSI) Final Conference

Today some of the PERU team are in Brussels leading the closing conference for the InnOSI project. A short video describing the project and its main aims is available to watch. Speakers at today’s conference include PERU’s Prof. Sue Baines, INNOSI Deputy … Continue reading

Meeting the challenge of reforming public services

By Prof Chris Fox   New challenges The challenges that the post-war public sector was built to respond to have changed: life expectancy has risen, employment rates are as high as they have ever been, , crime has fallen and … Continue reading

The Pursuit of “Social Justice”

By Dr Kevin Albertson   In a recent BBC Point of View the philosopher and writer Sir Roger Scruton asked “What does the Tory Party really stand for?”. Scruton argued the most fundamental belief underpinning Conservative policies historically is the idea … Continue reading

Modern life has changed – so services must too

By Professor Chris Fox Life expectancy has risen, employment rates are as high as they have ever been, participation in higher education has increased, crime has fallen and technological innovations have provided new opportunities. In short, how we live has … Continue reading

Pioneering new positive vision of ageing – Guest Blog

Mayor Andy Burnham has committed to pioneering a new positive vision of ageing. Greater Manchester is working to become the UK’s first age-friendly city region, one which values older people and celebrates the fact that people are living longer. To … Continue reading

Rather than promoting economic value, evaluation can be reclaimed by universities to combat its misuse and negative impacts

By Deirdre Duffy Original content taken from LSE Impact of Social Science Blog   To critics across higher education, evaluation frameworks such as the REF and TEF represent mechanisms of control, the generation of a “target and terror” culture. Deirdre Duffy explains … Continue reading