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  • Fit for work? Securing the health of the working-age population

    Newsletter articles

    1 Feb 2011

    IES’s policy conference, held in November 2010, brought together experts, stakeholders and interested parties to debate issues relating to the health of our working population. Delegates heard contributions from UK experts, including Dame Carol Black, and speakers who set the UK experience in an international context.

  • Understanding the changes in higher education student finance for full-time undergraduates

    Newsletter articles

    1 Feb 2011

  • IES VIEWPOINT: Policy learning and the role of research

    Newsletter articles

    1 Feb 2011

    Frequent staff movement in a civil service dominated by a generalist culture, coupled with the ‘policy pendulum’ driven by government changes in a first-past-the-post electoral system, are often held responsible for the chronic lack of institutional memory in the UK policy-making machine. This lack was highlighted by the public administration select committee earlier this year, which also noted that the incoming 1997 Labour Government adopted a ‘year zero mentality’ to policy-making.

  • Weak employment data a cause for concern

    Press Releases

    19 Jan 2011

  • The case for creative education

    Newsletter articles

    1 Sep 2010

    Creative graduates value their creative education. Creativity is central to their identity and their outlook, and a creative education helps them to develop their potential, providing time and space to devote to their practice. They learn by doing, through project-based enquiry, and from those with sector experience, benefiting from the critical feedback, support and encouragement from their peers. A creative education provides them with the confidence to move out into the world of work, and provides them with a range of technical, professional and personal skills that can be applied in a variety of settings – not just creative roles.

  • Evaluation of HSE’s Moving Goods Safely Intervention

    Newsletter articles

    1 Sep 2010

    HSE’s Moving Goods Safely 3 (MGS3) intervention targeted risks associated with the movement of goods in the logistics, warehousing, road haulage and goods delivery sectors. MGS3 was aimed at reducing injury and ill-health through a number of different work streams that focused on risk areas such as loading and unloading vehicles, vehicle movement and parking and appropriate use of equipment.

  • Healthy Workplaces Milton Keynes

    Newsletter articles

    1 Sep 2010

    Improving access to advice and support on occupational health and safety issues to business, especially those organisations with fewer than 250 employees (ie small and medium-sized enterprises – SMEs), has been identified as a key issue in successive UK government policy documents. Several pilot programmes have been launched over the course of the past five years to test potential ways in which access could be provided. Evaluations of these pilot services have generally shown that SMEs are difficult to engage on the issue of occupational health and safety advice, and where they do seek help, this is most often for basic safety advice and with understanding and interpreting health and safety regulations.

  • The dangers of working with isocyanate paints

    Newsletter articles

    1 Sep 2010

    Isocyanate paints have been identified as a major cause of occupational asthma in the UK and are thus a serious potential health hazard in the motor vehicle repair sector, where they are in common use. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has undertaken information and advice campaigns aimed at workers and managers in this sector, warning them of the dangers of these paints. It stresses that the negative health effects can be overcome by following procedures such as always wearing air-fed breathing equipment when spraying the paints, and spraying in a controlled environment, such as a spray booth. One of the main dangers is that the spray mist from isocyanate paints is so fine that it cannot be seen by the naked eye. It is therefore vital that the time it takes for the spray to clear from the spray booth – the clearance time – is calculated, posted clearly on the booth and that workers do not enter the booth without breathing equipment before the clearance time has elapsed.

  • Survey paints picture of creative graduates

    Newsletter articles

    1 Sep 2010

    Graduates of creative courses are well placed to ride out the recession, a new study has revealed. Led by University of the Arts London and conducted by IES, Creative Graduates Creative Futures is the largest ever survey of creative graduates’ career paths.

  • The new government and upcoming EU employment issues

    Newsletter articles

    1 Sep 2010

    The type of relationship that the UK will have with the rest of the EU now that the new coalition government in place is likely to take shape over time. The government’s coalition programme does not reveal a great deal about its plans for its future relationship with the EU. However, it does state that its primary concern is to ensure that the UK plays a leading role in Europe, but that there is no further transfer of power from the UK to Brussels without a referendum in the UK.