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Discovering opportunities in project management

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Keyboard, notepad and folder called Project planning and delivery

The first discovery session on project and programme management has been held at Preston’s Kirkham prison, with a diverse audience of North West civil servants taking part. Alex Scott, covering his first CS Local event, found that the knowledge the audience took away with them could be a springboard into a new career.

Two years of bridging the GAP for hospice patients

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GAP volunteers and hospice satff

The Government Access Point project, which takes services to hospice patients and their families at a difficult time, is celebrating its second birthday. As a project manager, I can say that we’ve come a long way since an enthusiastic handful of volunteers from across the Civil Service first got together to discuss the idea. Starting with a blank sheet of paper, we have now developed a project that is leading the way in new ways of working and providing government services in different, innovative ways.

Reaching out at the Olive Branch

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Charlotte Wright

I've been a civil servant for 17 years and have only ever worked for one department, HMRC, so I was keen to broaden my experience and do something different. Working on the new pilot project Citizen Outreach – Government (COG) gave me the chance to work with colleagues from other departments as well as voluntary organisations and citizens directly. It was a rewarding experience.

European and International Seminar: Harmful Tax Competition

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The manipulation of corporate profits and the use of different jurisdictions to avoid tax is a well-known issue, but the detailed knowledge of how it is achieved is often limited to technical specialists. Hear two eminent International and European law academics, Dr Tom O'Shea and Professor Hans Van Den Hurk talk on this topic.

Celebrating success at 2015 Civil Service Awards launch

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Following our win at last year's Civil Service Awards, we recently joined colleagues from across government to celebrate 10 years of these prestigious awards. At the fantastic event at Lancaster House, I was reminded once again of the incredible work done by civil servants – something we should celebrate much more often. The night also marked the launch of this year's awards and nominations are open until 07 August.