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Domestic Policy

The Health and Social Care Act 2012 comes into full force from April 2013. In many ways a controversial piece of legislation, it heralds considerable changes, not least to the governance and practice of Public Health. The changes are designed to enable the health and social care systems to adapt to the shift in the demographic profile of society and the changing prevalence of different types of disease. However, in the area of Public Health in particular, do these changes go far enough? This paper briefly discusses some of the changes coming in and the challenges that we face as a...

A 2013 Conference Paper This paper comprises of eight individual pieces of policy research which each aim to evaluate the purpose universities play in the society of today. It seeks to contribute to this contemporary debate by designing policy in a way that allows universities to achieve those purposes indefinitely. Proposed policies are: Degree content A government-backed work-related learning accreditation for university undergraduate degrees Give undergraduate students the opportunity to take a wider breadth of courses as part of a single degree Integrate entrepreneurial elements into the curriculum Research Replacement of the HEFCE as the main funding body for university research by a body which assesses research and...

A 2013 Conference Paper This compilation explores the idea that a new way of teaching and learning could replace the traditional on-campus, set-syllabus university model. The focus of the first twelve reports is on e-learning. This body of research and analysis evaluates almost every aspect of e-learning, including (but not limited to): An exploration of the application of online learning methods; Implications of e-learning for access; Implications for the national curriculum; Whether current courses can be taught wholly online; Potential financial models for MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses); and How universities in Britain and abroad can approach e-learning. The final two reports explore different alternative education models that, given...

A 2013 Conference Paper This paper comprises of four pieces of policy research undertaken by members of The Wilberforce Society which each aim to explore ways of reconceptualising post-16 education and training in society today. It seeks to contribute to this vast debate by designing policy in a way that seeks to improve upon current provision and offer new alternative solutions to long standing problems with the education system in Britain. Proposed policies are: Examination Reform External assessment at the end of Key Stage 4 should be limited to mathematics and English alone Abolish equivalence of qualifications The shortening and simplification of the National Curriculum Universities should...

Prejudice and discrimination, inequalities of opportunity and social alienation are significant problems both within and without the sporting world. I suggest using sport as a tool to change the attitudes of people in the victimised groups as well as those who discriminate; and consequently to increase the opportunities for people from minority groups to participate in sport and in a more inclusive society. Proposed policies are In school, increase the quantity and diversity of school sports and promote diverse sports scholarships at universities. In communities, introduce village sports days, draft minorities consultants on local projects, integrate specialised & regular sporting facilities, and subsidise...

A paper based on data kindly provided by our Partners at YouGov-Cambridge. Reviewed at a seminar with Chris Bryant, MP for Rhondda and former Minister for Europe, and Symon Hill, Associate Director of Ekklesia Think Tank. [gview file="http://thewilberforcesociety.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/Sexuality_and_Discrimination_in_the_United_Kingdom.pdf" save="1"]...

This paper examines the English legal profession as it stands, as well as assessing the major proposals for reform. The paper also analyses recent changes to the legal profession and their potential impact, including the LSA 2007 and the role of ABS models. The paper's proposals include that the legal education system in England and Wales should have a common starting point for both barristers and solicitors, similar to the Hong Kong model; that a merger of the professional regulatory bodies would be unworkable in the short term; and that while the two professions of barrister and solicitor should not be...

This paper proposes a series of population interventions to improve children’s diet with the aim to both directly reduce the incidence of childhood obesity and to encourage the development of healthy eating behaviours in children. Proposals are split into three population levels at which they can be enacted – industry, schools and parents and carers. At the industry level, the paper proposes a comprehensive system of Pigouvian taxation on foodstuffs, based on their nutritional content; the introduction of compulsory front-of-pack labelling using a joint GDA and traffic lights system; and the regulation of advertising of unhealthy foods directed at children on the...

TWS's first Annual Conference, held in January 2012 on the theme of 'Public Policy for Cyberspace', was accompanied by our introduction to the policy debates surrounding this area. The paper was written by our specially-formed subcommittee on cyberspace, chaired by Albert Beardow. Please email policy@wilberforcesociety.co.uk for more information. [gview file="http://thewilberforcesociety.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/Public_Policy_for_Cyberspace.pdf" save="1"]...

This paper sets out to evaluate the state of the greyhound racing industry in the United Kingdom, looking at regulatory structures and mechanisms, and incentives for racing and animal welfare. The paper argues for the closure of unregulated tracks, and for the industry to look into accessing funds from unclaimed winnings and dormant betting accounts to increasing support for animal welfare and effective self regulation. [gview file="http://thewilberforcesociety.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/TWS_-_Regulation_and_Reform_of_the_Greyhound_Racing_Industry.pdf" save="1"]...