Ruth Eastwood

SPC hosts senior Higher Education policy round-table

This week, in collaboration with Solent University, we were delighted to host a senior higher education policy round-table. Topics discussed included access, funding and the economic role of HE.  Among those attending were the chair of the Business Select Committee, two former cabinet ministers for universities, the current Chief Executive of the HEFCE and other leading figures in the sector.​ Related links: Southampton Solent University supports SPC’s first inaugural roundtable Our work on education and skills

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Immigration in Southampton

Immigration is one of the most topical issues in Southampton. On Saturday 13th December 2014, local citizens attended the Southampton Conversation to discuss immigration policy with fellow citizens and experts. After all, everyone has a view on immigration. What we found was that people’s views changed after becoming better informed and more engaged with the issues. And people even developed their own policies to tackle some of the issues raised. This was the first in our new Deliberative Polling project. At…

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The think tank and policy forum for central southern England

New approaches to long term challenges Why does central southern England need new focus? Central southern England stretches broadly from Dorset to West Sussex, and the Isle of Wight to Oxfordshire. The region has had little public policy focus despite facing challenges distinct from both the metropolis and other English regions. Our public spending per head is low though we face the triple costs of deprived urban areas, rurality and an ageing population. Average incomes are above the national average but this…

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Launch of the Southern Policy Centre

Southern Policy Centre launches with BBC coverage and ministerial backing The Southern Policy Centre was launched at a major regional conference today. Keynote speakers included the Rt Hon Greg Clark, Minister for Cities, and Lord Andrew Adonis the Shadow Minister for Infrastructure. We were delighted to welcome speakers from the private, public and civic sectors including: Cllr David Burbage (Leader Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead), Professor Stuart Bartholomew CBE (Vice Chancellor of Arts University Bournemouth), Dawn Baxendale (CEO Southampton…

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