Widening participation in Higher Education

How can open data be used to develop localised strategies to widen participation in Higher Education?  A year-long study by the Southern Policy Centre shows how this can be done.

Devo-South: a report on business and devolution

What are the challenges facing southern England, how can devolution empower local leadership to tackle them, and what do business leaders make of the opportunities offered by the government’s decentralisation agenda?

About us

SPC is the only think tank for southern England, launched in 2014 as a cross-party institution. Our region is central southern England, stretching from Dorset to West Sussex, and the Isle of Wight to Oxfordshire.

Our research areas

Regional public policy: producing top quality research responding to the distinct challenges and opportunities of the south

Open Data: using our data expertise to help policy makers solve practical problems

Innovative forms of public participation: working across all sectors to open up decision making to communities using innovative methods

Our Open Data platform: ODI Hampshire