Citizens Assembly: opening up devolution in the south

Solent citizens debate plans for Hampshire devolution, in UK’s first ‘Citizens’ Assembly’ But residents want devolution process to be opened up to the public The Southern Policy Centre helped to organise the first assembly of ordinary residents in southern England to discuss devolution in their area. The assembly pilot was concurrent with a partner assembly in … Continue reading

Southern Powerhouse: lessons to learn from Manchester

Sir Richard Leese, leader of Manchester City Council, joined the Southern Policy Centre and the Winchester Business School to discuss Manchester’s experience of devolution so far (‘Devo-Manc’). The day was kindly supported by PwC. Here are five important lessons that those building devolution deals in southern England can take from the Greater Manchester experience so … Continue reading

Public lecture: Arnie Graf at the University of Southampton

We’re working with the Centre for Citizenship, Globalization and Governance to deliver ‘Standing for the Whole’, a public lecture by Arnie Graf as part of our tour. Monday 26th October, 6-8pm Building 58, Room 1067 Highfield Campus Light refreshments available [embeddoc url=””] Continue reading

Arnie Graf Tour

Arnie Graf – lecture and community organising tour – October 2015 At a time when membership, participation and public confidence in traditional party politics are at a low ebb, the Southern Policy Centre has a programme of work to encourage innovative forms of public participation. To date this has involved support for deliberative polling and a pilot constitutional … Continue reading

Citizens decide: grants and commissioning budgets in Southampton

Southampton City Council has established a People’s Panel, made up of residents who are interested in taking part in consultations and other opportunities to express their views on council services, health services and living in the city. On Saturday 4th July 2015 the Southern Policy Centre ran a deliberative polling session with some members of … Continue reading

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Our work involves bringing together public policy makers, research experts and key change making organisations in southern England Our work shows some of the challenges and opportunities for the region. We invite you to join the discussion as we explore new territory for the region: Follow us on LinkedIn     Continue reading

Why are some areas falling behind in university participation?

SPC launches major new research project into widening participation to Higher Education The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) have produced and published a set of analysis that looks into trends in HE. In particular their statistics on young participation show that there are unexplained gaps in levels of participation from area to area. The … Continue reading