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“Celebrating Research” Mini Conference 16th October 2014

by on 17 October, 2014

On 16 October 2014 over 50 staff from across the City Council, who are involved or interested in research, came together for a mini-conference at Woodcock Street.  The event attracted a wide variety of presentations and research posters promoting research being carried out within the Council. Staff attended from all directorates and the conference provided an opportunity for staff to network, share best practice and discuss further collaborations with internal and external stakeholders.

Both Sir Albert Bore, Leader of the Council, and John Cotton, Cabinet member for Health & Wellbeing, gave presentations supporting research work.

Councillor John Cotton outlined the importance of research, especially in times of austerity, and described how he had utilised the skills of researchers within the Council to inform service reviews.

Sir Albert Bore spoke of the necessity for joined up working across the directorates and aligning research to policy and practice.

An evaluation of the event can be found at:

The next step is to put together a road map of how to integrate research activities across the Council which will, ultimately, result in effective, appropriate and sustainable services for the citizens of Birmingham. Research can take many forms and you may be actively involved in undertaking research without realising it; from gathering customer feedback to evaluating the service you provide.

So to find out more about research within BCC future events, training and published research please visit the BCC Research Blog: or contact a member of the conference’s organising committee: Steve Rose from Economy Directorate or Deborah Towle, Karl Beese or Hashum Mahmood from Directorate for People.

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