‘I never dreamt we’d get Buckingham Palace’: the history of the Civil Service Awards by Siobhan Benita
The Warwick Policy Lab is co-directed by Professor Abhinay Muthoo and Siobhan Benita who was previously a Senior Civil Servant in Whitehall. The Lab, as reflected by its directors, aims to bridge the gap between academic analysis and public policymaking in order to maximise the impact and influence of rigorous research on decisions taken by politicians that will affect people’s day-to-day lives. In this article in Civil Service World, Siobhan Benita reflects on her time in the Cabinet Office when, amongst other things, she worked with the Cabinet Secretary to introduce the first national awards for Civil Servants.
Colleagues from the Warwick Policy Lab, which is based at Warwick in London, are working with Members of Parliament, experts and practitioners on a cross-party parliamentary Commission on Youth Violence. The Commission was launched in 2017 to examine the root causes of youth violence in England, Scotland and Wales. It is chaired by Lewisham MP Vicky Foxcroft and other Commissioners include Chuka Umunna (Labour), Norman Lamb (Liberal Democrat) and James Cleverly (Conservative).
The clock is ticking for the UK to negotiate a Brexit deal. Professor Abhinay Muthoo and Siobhan Benita discuss strategy and credibility in an article for The Conversation. Read the article 'Game Theory experts: credibility is key for a successful 'no deal' Brexit strategy
Siobhan Benita writes about women in the Civil Service and the need for quotas
Progress on gender diversity in UK, EU and G20 public service leadership has been too slow. Looking to Mexico and France for inspiration, Siobhan argues that Whitehall needs quotas. Read the article here.
Thiemo Fetzer, Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics and Research Associate for the Warwick Policy Lab has published a blog on Youth Turnout in the 2017 General Election. Versions of this blog post have appeared in the British Politics and Policy Blog and the Institute for New Economic Thinking Blog and it was co published with LSE UK Politics blog and with Institute for New Economic Thinking. The blog can be read here.
On Wednesday 15 March, Warwick in London was delighted to host a WIG breakfast briefing given by Professor Dame Sally Davies, the Chief Medical Officer for England. After a welcome from Professor Abhinay Muthoo, the Dean of Warwick in London, Dame Sally gave a presentation on the subject of "Health at Work" to an audience of people from the private and public sector, including several colleagues from Warwick's Medical School.