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MiAlgae secures £1 million to drive commercialisation and scale up

Edinburgh-based biotech startup MiAlgae has received an investment of £1 million to focus on the commercialisation of its revolutionary microalgae product, targeting the rapidly growing global aquaculture and pet food industries. The biotech business uses co-products from the whisky distillation... (Continue reading)

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ESRC announces new funding for research methods training

ESRC are delighted to announce that they will be investing £2.8m in the National Centre for Research Methods (NCRM) over 5 years until 2024. Continuing into a new phase, the principal aim of the Centre will be to increase research... (Continue reading)

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“Homelessness doesn’t always live on the streets” – major new campaign launched to tackle hidden homelessness

A major new campaign to tackle hidden homelessness by raising awareness that “homelessness doesn’t always live on the streets” has been launched by the Welsh Government. The campaign aims to bring to light the problem of hidden homelessness, and is... (Continue reading)

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Project to improve the lives of urban citizens and elderly people wins 2019 Newton Prize

The winning project investigated how to apply big data and design principles to tackle urban transportation and the difficulties that elderly people face in cities around the world. The project was supported by the Newton Fund Researcher Links Workshops programme,... (Continue reading)

Government announces new Town of the Year competition

Towns across England will be able to compete in a new Town of the Year competition, Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick announced today (9 January 2020), as he set out a new package of support to level up the country. The... (Continue reading)

LGA announces Behavioural Insights Programme has awarded funding to eight councils

In last year’s LGA-funded trial, Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council increased the uptake of assistive technology by 27 per cent through their interventions using targeted mail to those with blue badges and assisted collections. Alongside this, staff were supported to offer... (Continue reading)

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Raising expectations of children and parents, high standards for teachers and tackling bad behaviour: how schools in ‘left behind’ areas can improve

415 schools in England are ‘stuck’ in a cycle of low performance and need better and more tailored support to improve, a new Ofsted report has found. In Fight or flight? How ‘stuck’ schools are overcoming isolation, Ofsted defines stuck... (Continue reading)

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CIPD – Top bosses’ pay overtakes average worker’s entire 2020 pay in just 3 days

Annual ‘High Pay Day’ figures published with warning to employers not to treat new CEO pay reporting requirements as a tick-box exercise FTSE 100 CEOs only need to work until just before 17.00 on Monday 6 January 2020 in order... (Continue reading)

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Struggling schools set for specialist support

Schools Minister announces six successful new Teaching School Hubs to support struggling schools Over one thousand schools are set to receive expert support from some of the country’s highest performing schools as the Department for Education announces six new Teaching... (Continue reading)

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Chancellor launches Budget process to usher in ‘decade of renewal’

Sajid Javid confirms next Budget will be held on Wednesday 11 March 2020. Chancellor says Budget will set out ambitious plans to unleash Britain’s potential, level up across the UK and usher in a decade of renewal Budget will start... (Continue reading)

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