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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 Southern Policy Centre have been commissioned by HEFCE to look more closely at five local authority wards in southern England. We want to know: Whether…

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Why not a ‘Southern Powerhouse’? Presentation at Business South

We’ve all heard about plans to give new powers to local authorities in Greater Manchester and other major metropolitan areas in northern England. George Osborne has set out his vision of a ‘northern powerhouse’ but there is real potential for this region too. On the 3rd July John Denham, Chair of the SPC Advisory Board, laid out our work on devolution policy for Business South. Read the speech here and see the slides below: Download the slides Fascinating presentation John Denham @policysouth…

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Greg Clark, devolution, challenges and opportunities

Greg Clark, devolution, challenges and opportunities This blog piece was originally published on the 24th June on the Platform 10 campaigning blog. Although Platform 10 aligns itself with the Conservative Party, the Southern Policy Centre is non-party political. Greg Clark has engineered a powerful decentralising bill that will provide the cities, towns and counties of England and Wales with the chance to take on the big domestic challenges of our time. How creative and effective will each area be in…

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