December, 2018


On third anniversary of Tim Peake’s space mission; report reveals over 2 million inspired by education campaign

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The UK Space Agency ran a £3 million education campaign alongside the mission to the International Space Station, which blasted off three years ago  to inspire a greater interest and understanding of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) as well... (Continue reading)

New funding to support children with special educational needs


Children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) are set to benefit from an extra £350 million funding to provide specialist support and tailored facilities, helping those with complex needs to succeed. The Education Secretary Damian Hinds yesterday (Sunday 16... (Continue reading)

Largest upgrade in a generation to workplace rights – getting work right for British workers and businesses


The government will today set out the biggest package of workplace reforms for over twenty years (Monday 17 December), with ambitious reforms to ensure the UK leads the world in meeting the challenges of the changing world of work. Building... (Continue reading)

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Scottish Budget: JRF Reaction


Responding to the Scottish draft Budget (December 12th) Campbell Robb, Chief Executive of the independent Joseph Rowntree Foundation, said: “The Scottish Government is right to make tackling poverty a top priority. It is unacceptable that one million people in Scotland... (Continue reading)

Transforming Granton Waterfront: Council and key partners sign agreement


The Council, National Galleries of Scotland, National Museums of Scotland, Edinburgh College, Scottish Government and Scottish Futures Trust have signed an agreement (December 14th). They will work together to create a new vibrant, city quarter in Granton Waterfront. These public... (Continue reading)

James Brokenshire sets out funding measures for councils

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Councils in England are to share an extra £1.3 billion under funding plans published by Communities Secretary Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP today (13 December 2018). The provisional local government finance settlement gives councils a real-terms increase in core spending... (Continue reading)

Collaborate to innovate: funding for business-academic projects

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Knowledge Transfer Partnerships can make a business more competitive by uniting them with a university or research organisation and a qualified graduate (December 13th). This financial year, up to £40 million is available for businesses to take part in a... (Continue reading)

Police to get largest funding increase since 2010


The Home Office has today (Thursday 13 December) announced the largest increase in police funding since 2010. The provisional police funding settlement of up to £14 billion for 2019-20 is up to £970 million more than the previous year. It... (Continue reading)

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National Cyber Security Cluster ‘Cyber Ireland’ announced by IDA Ireland and Cork Institute of Technology


An initiative to establish a national cyber security cluster in Ireland has been announced today. Facilitated by Cork Institute of Technology (CIT), the national cluster will be called Cyber Ireland and is supported by IDA Ireland. It will provide a... (Continue reading)

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Council Awarded £3m from Sustrans Scotland Community Links Programme

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The council has successfully secured £3m from Sustrans Scotland Community Links, a programme which funds infrastructure projects that make it easier for people to walk and cycle for everyday journeys (December 12th). Funded by Transport Scotland, the Sustrans Scotland Community... (Continue reading)

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