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2016-17 Seminars

2016-17 Seminars


The ESRC seminar series focuses on the challenges posed by information sharing in the delivery of public services. We're now in the third year of seminars.

The third year of seminars included the Information Sharing Panel Debate, which took place on Thursday 15 September.

Our next seminar in the series is: Information Sharing for Devolution and Public Service Reform. This is taking place on Thursday 6 April 2017 at Manchester Science Park Kilburn House. 

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Info Sharing Panel Debate

The Information Sharing Panel Debate brought together leaders from across government to consider the role they play in improving information sharing and services for the public.

The debate took place on Thursday 15 September 2016 and was led by the Centre of Excellence for Information Sharing.

The audience were addressed by Lord Freud, Minister of State for Welfare Reform at the Department of Work and Pensions. Lord Freud has advised the UK Government on how to reform the welfare system and the key role information sharing and the correct use of data plays in this. The minister also spoke about the importance of information sharing and consent within Universal Credit.

The panel was then chaired by Paul Maltby, Director of Data, Government Digital Service. The members included:

  • Chi Onwurah - Labour MP Newcastle upon Tyne Central, Shadow Minister, Culture and the Digital Economy.
  • Jonathan Bamford - Head of Strategic Liaision, Information Commissioner's Office.
  • Katie Farrington - Director for Digital and Data, Department of Health.
  • Tony Lloyd - Interim GM Mayor and Police and Crime Commissioner, Greater Manchester.
  • Professor Rob Wilson - Professor of Information Systems Management, Newcastle University.

The panel discussed a range of themes including engaging the public, the digital economy bill, frameworks for supporting information sharing and devolution and information sharing.

The event was also used to showcase the work of the Centre of Excellence for Information Sharing and launch the Centre of Excellence for Information Sharing's annual report 2015-16.


Public Service Reform

Our next seminar in the ESRC seminar series is: Information Sharing for Devolution and Public Service Reform.

Venue: Manchester Science Park, Kilburn House, Lloyd St N, Manchester, M15 6LR

Date and time: Thursday 6th April 2017, 10.00 - 16.00 

Convenors: Professor Sue Baines, Manchester Metropolitan University, and Dr Sue Richardson, Bradford University in collaboration with the Centre of Excellence for Information Sharing.

Our ninth seminar will take place in Manchester.  It is about the challenges posed by information sharing for public services in the context of devolution.

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Combined Authorities have been recently established in England to coordinate strategies, policies and services across local authorities. The Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) was the first in the country. Its ambitions include breaking new ground in combining health and social care budgets, and innovative, ‘integrated’ solutions to crime, policing, worklessness and related health problems. The seminar will feature contributions from the sub region as well as elsewhere in the UK and overseas.

Presentations will be supplemented with facilitated, task-based activities and there will be plenty of opportunities for questions. Lunch will be provided with time for networking. We will conclude with a panel session to reflect on the day and to formulate ideas and plans for moving forward.

Doctoral students and early career researchers are encouraged to present posters. We are able to offer bursaries to cover travel if needed for poster presenters. If you are interested, please email a 150 word abstract with an indication of your travel costs to Sue Baines s.baines@mmu.ac.uk by Wednesday 29th March.

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Book a place

The event is is free to attend but you will need to register.