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Infographic gives snapshot of Policy Week success

13 Nov 2013

Organisers of Manchester Policy Week have declared the event a big success – and have produced an infographic to illustrate the point.

Houses of Parliament

More than 700 people enjoyed 14 successful events run over five days, ranging from a debate on the success of Labour’s education policy, to whether it is time to electrify heating systems in Manchester homes to cut carbon emissions.

Several events attracted big audiences, including a ‘Battle of the Thinktanks’ on the future of government, Ivan Lewis MP outlining Labour’s international development strategy and the launch of a major report calling for changes to the Government’s domestic violence strategy.

The Policy@Manchester team produced a total of 419 Live Tweets from events, which allowed people across the UK and further afield to join the debates online.

Manchester Policy Week activities attracted over 200 new members to the Policy@Manchester network, while the official Twitter account gained over 400 followers in one week.

There was praise for the initiative from Ivan Lewis MP, who commented during his opening remarks: “It’s great to see this innovative idea of having a series of events which demonstrate the contribution that The University of Manchester makes to the development of public policy.”

Prof Colin Talbot, Director of Policy@Manchester, said: “It was very encouraging to see so many academic colleagues getting involved, along with decision makers and policy players from Manchester and further afield.

“The week has really helped demonstrate the breadth of our expertise across a number of public policy areas.”