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Baroness Barran

Baroness Barran, June 1, 2020 — Civil Society

Minister for Civil Society

The work of civil society is woven into the fabric of our society; community groups; charities; businesses that are committed to social good. In ordinary times, the work of civil society inspires. In extraordinary times it underlines its necessity.As the coronavirus pandemic continues, it’s evermore vital that I can hear directly from those of you…

Oliver Dowden’s statement on coronavirus (COVID-19): 30 May 2020

, May 30, 2020 — Culture

The Rt Hon Oliver Dowden CBE MP Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Secretary gave the 30 May 2020 daily press briefing on the government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Let me begin with the latest figures: 4,171,408 tests for coronavirus have now been carried out in the UK, including 127,722 tests carried out yesterday; 272,826 people have tested positive, that’s an increase of…

Using Telemedicine in the fight against COVID-19

, April 28, 2020 — Digital

The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered an unprecedented demand for digital health technology solutions and has brought to the fore many successful business solutions that are helping to tackle the spread of the disease in a race to flatten the curve and reduce its catastrophic impact on our lives. The United Nations has estimated that the…

Celebrating World Book Night

Caroline Dinenage MP

Caroline Dinenage MP, April 23, 2020 — Culture

Minister of State for Digital and Culture

The 23rd of April is quite a big day for literary lovers across the world – it’s the UNESCO International Day of the Book, it’s (probably!) William Shakespeare’s birthday today, and it is also World Book Night – a brilliant initiative organised by the Reading Agency.Of course, this year’s World Book Night is probably more…

Mush hosts virtual meet-ups for new mums

Sarah Hesz

Sarah Hesz, March 30, 2020 — Civil Society

Co-founder of Mush

On a missionAt Mush, we have been on a mission since 2016 to connect mums in order that they feel happy, confident and supported. My co-founder and I created the free app to find local mum friends when we became maternity leave buddies after a chance meeting in a rainy playground. We know how isolating…

Improving online safety through safety technology

Caroline Dinenage MP

Caroline Dinenage MP, March 11, 2020 — Digital

Minister of State for Digital and Culture

‘Safety Tech’ products and services help make online platforms safer for users, through practices such as moderation and filtering. This sector plays a hugely important role within the landscape of online safety, and is growing fast – 33% growth year on year. With many start-ups across the country, including hubs in Edinburgh and Leeds, the…

My journey from coder to venture capitalist

June Angelides

June Angelides, March 7, 2020 — Digital

Venture Capitalise and Diversity Advocate

One of the things I love the most about International Women’s Day is the stories that surface of everyday inspirational heroes. A lot of them have carved out a career for themselves and turned bumps along the way into trampolines into the next exciting adventure.My journey has been equally “squiggly” and I am grateful for…

TeXchange: presenting innovative digital solutions to combat healthcare challenges

, February 25, 2020 — Digital

TeXchange, the UK-Israel Tech Hub’s flagship programme co-delivered with the wider International Tech Hub Network, took place in the first week of February, bringing healthtech startups from Israel, Nigeria, India and South Africa to London. The programme supports scale-up tech ventures to expand into the UK market by exposing British businesses to the world’s brightest…

From ‘androgyny to queer’, take a look at the V&A’s LGBTIQ+ glossary this LGBT History Month

, February 24, 2020 — Museums

The V&A has had an active LGBTQ Working Group since 2006 and was one of the first museums globally to pioneer inclusivity of such histories in our research and public programming on a regular basis. Developing the V&A’s LGBTIQ+ GlossaryRegularly combing the catalogues for objects of queer interest across the collections, in 2015 the group…

“Volunteering changed my life” – Charli’s Story

Charli Clement

Charli Clement, February 13, 2020 — Civil Society

#iWill Ambassador

To mark Student Volunteering Week, we talk to Charli Clement, 19, from Birmingham, who found the answer to her teenage isolation and lack of confidence in becoming a Scout Leader.When I was 15, I ended up in a mental health unit for a couple of months and it was really rough. When I finally came…