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Case Study: Newcastle University

“Raising political profile and policy influence”

Brief One of the world’s most highly regarded universities, Newcastle brought in Linstock to raise the political profile and...

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Case Study: TheCityUK

Managing the reputation of one of the UK's largest industry sectors

TheCityUK is the membership body for the UK’s financial and related professional services industry. Its membership includes...

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Blog: Lessons Ahead Of GE17: Don’t Shoot The Messenger?

“A guest blog from ComRes asks: Is a singular focus on Party leaders the best way to communicate with the electorate?”

When an upset happens in politics, who gets the blame, the messenger or the message itself? This general election has been...

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Blog: Leave, yes. Schadenfreude, no.

“We need business in Germany and the UK to work with one another”

The UK has voted to start its voyage away from the European Union. It is a momentous decision and one that will affect the...

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Blog: Are negative endorsements giving Jeremy Corbyn a boost?

“In keeping with the laws of unintended consequences, it seems all these ‘negative endorsements’ could actually help the Corbyn camp.”

It’s a peculiarity of politics that what you’re not is often as valid a foundation for a campaign as what you are. Pepsi...

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Blog: Can I be electric too?

“It seems that the initiatives to date have failed to address perception issues that prevent electric vehicles going mainstream.”

We’re all from families full of eccentrics, if the Gallagher brothers are to be believed, because the UK is turning electric....

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Blog: How can we get ‘Pension wise’?

“The ‘Pension wise’ brand is a good start, but there’s not long left. They’ve got their work cut out.”

So, a little under three months from the introduction of the government’s wide-ranging pension reforms, the guidance guarantee...

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Blog: Shifting influence in higher education policy

“HE has been spoiled by the obvious passion of David Willetts and should get used to a Minister dispassionately administering as he would in any other Whitehall posting”

Thanks to the unprecedented combination of variables that include UKIP, the Greens, SNP and lack of public enthusiasm for any of...

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Blog: Making the most of Party Conference season

“By being clear about what you want to achieve and smart about how you engage, there are plenty of rewards to be reaped.”

After 17 days, hundreds of pamphlets handed out and thousands of canapés eaten, Party Conference season has come to an end....

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Blog: 8 out of 10 voters…

“Statistics should always be treated with a degree of caution.”

Another day, another poll about the Scottish independence referendum. With just a week to go until the historic vote, each...

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Blog: Gaming the system

“Should virtual criminals in video games receive the same penalties as real-world thieves?”

Last week Conservative MP Mike Weatherley, David Cameron’s chief adviser on intellectual property, asked ministers to consider...

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Blog: Reshuffle briefing

“New Universities Minister signals shift of emphasis in HE”

It finally happened. After surviving a succession of reshuffles where most thought he was destined to leave the HE stage, David...

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Blog: Enter the new wave wonks

“Academics stand to benefit from some clear-sighted guidance on how to negotiate the often rocky landscape of public debate. ”

A group of Vice Chancellors from across the spectrum of UK universities recently put their names to a letter in The Times...

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Blog: How can people be guided towards pensions guidance?

“Having new freedoms without the knowledge to execute them well will have far reaching consequences. ”

This week saw the deadline for those wanting to respond to HM Treasury’s consultation into the new freedoms and choices in...

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Blog: Tomorrow’s World

“Marketing and communications professionals need to do some future-proofing.”

Many questioned Facebook’s recent decision to buy Oculus Rift, a piece of virtual reality kit which immerses users in a...

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Blog: No easy options to fill the higher education funding black hole

“It’s around this time of year that we would usually be expecting Ministers at the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) to send their annual grant letter to the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE). However, the news that the letter has been delayed confirms that this year could see some surprises. ”

It’s around this time of year that we would usually be expecting Ministers at the Department for Business Innovation and Skills...

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