Nottingham Civic Exchange provides a platform for action on issues that relate to Nottingham and the wider region. Here you’ll find details of our upcoming events.

Upcoming events

Nottingham Civic Exchange is currently in the process of planning and hosting a selection of events for the remainder of 2018. Please mark your diary for:

  • Thursday 17 May when we will be hosting a discussion on Participatory Action Research
  • Thursday 21 June for the visit of the UPP Civic University Commission
  • Tuesday 11 September for an event with Matthew Taylor, Visiting Professor of Sociology where he will be reflecting on his Review of Modern Employment Practice.

We are also planning events based on Nottingham Trent University research on Precarious Work in June.

Keep checking back here for full details.

Past events

Addressing Economic Insecurity through Public Policy - RSA report launch

Friday 12 January 2018

10 am - 11:30 am

Adam's Room, Nottingham Conference Centre, Nottingham Trent University, NG1 4BU

Join us as the RSA launches Addressing Economic Insecurity through Public Policy.  Working with Nottingham Civic Exchange, this RSA report looks at global trends and recent UK policy through the lens of economic insecurity. Drawing on new data collected by the RSA and analysis by Nottingham Civic Exchange suggests a series of evaluative questions that policymakers should consider when designing policy.

There is growing anxiety about a decline in future living standards. Rising prosperity during the 20th Century was translated into economic and social security through the actions of government: principally the creation of public services and the provision of financial welfare through insurance programmes.

But in recent years economic inequality has risen and a growing number of jobs do not provide the economic security that people need to maintain a decent standard of living. Although policymakers and public leaders increasingly reference the importance of economic insecurity, they tend to lack a coherent account of what it means and who it impacts. This makes the implications for policy less clear, and the misdiagnosis of problems (and solutions) all too common.

The RSA’s Chief Executive and Visiting Professor of Social Sciences, Matthew Taylor will host this event to explore these issues in more detail. He will be joined in conversation by policymakers, experts and people who have been affected by economic insecurity.

Download the report

RSA Engage in Nottingham

Wednesday 28 November 2017

6 pm - 8 pm

Join us from 6pm on Wednesday 28 November for an exciting ideas and network event hosted at Nottingham Contemporary where we will be hearing from projects exploring the idea of economic security and insecurity. Nottingham Trent academics Professor Clifford Stevenson and Dr Tom Vickers will be presenting their research, alongside Nottingham Civic Exchange and RSA Fellows. Full details of the event and speakers are available via the RSA website.

The event is free to attend but we do ask you register your place here.

An Ordinary Working Budget?

Wednesday 22 November 2017

12 - 2.30 pm

Nottingham Civic Exchange is hosting a live streaming event to consider the impact of the Budget for Nottingham and Nottinghamshire people. We want to begin a debate about the importance of the Budget and economics more generally.  We will be drawing together NTU academics, students and local citizens to participate.

For further details please contact Rich Pickford.

Ordinary Working Families: What does it mean? ESRC Festival of Social Science 2017 Workshop

Wednesday 8 November 2017

1 pm - 4 pm

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Nottingham Civic Exchange is working with the University of Birmingham and the ESRC Festival of Social Science to host a policy focused workshop exploring Ordinary Working Families. This event will provide a forum for discussion and debate of Ordinary Working Families, disseminating a programme of work by researchers at the University of Birmingham and Nottingham Trent University, in partnership with Nottingham Civic Exchange. Presentations, by leading practitioners and academics, will be followed by round-table discussion and debate, with artefacts from the project available to participants.

This event will engage practitioners, academics, communities, intermediaries and potential service-users, with the findings of new research, and provide an opportunity to all of these stakeholders to feedback and inform subsequent phases of research: to identify gaps in the empirical work, including datasets or alternate analytical approaches known to attendees; and design qualitative sociological research, including participatory action research with households within the Ordinary Working Families group.

To influence UK national and regional (including Midlands Engine) policy, the project employs a multi-disciplinary approach to researching ‘Ordinary Working Families’. The term has been used alongside ‘Just About Managing’ and ‘The Squeezed Middle’, to refer to middle and lower-middle income working households. Existing contributions identify common characteristics, e.g. constrained disposable income, caring responsibilities or precarious jobs, but use varying measures and offer little explanation of the impacts of financial precarity, including on well-being. Although there is no single definition across the literature, this group have been prioritised by the UK Government, including in Theresa May’s first speech as Prime Minister and Philip Hammond’s 2016 Autumn Statement.

The research outputs that will be presented at this event include: an empirical investigation of UK data from the Understanding Society survey exploring how individuals feel they are ‘managing financially’; trends in objective measures of income and earnings; small area mapping of different measures of income and quality of employment; and more conceptual attempts to define the group.

Community University Partnerships for Mutual Benefit: Dave Wolff

Wednesday 11 October 2017

1 pm - 2 pm

Boots Library, Room 307, Nottingham Trent University, Goldsmith Street, Nottingham, NG1 5LS

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Nottingham Civic Exchange and the Department of Sociology are delighted to host this seminar with David Wolff, Director of the Community University Partnership Programme at the University of Brighton.

David Wolff has been the Director of the Community University Partnership Programme at the University of Brighton since its inception in 2003.

In this talk, he will reflect on the learning from over a decade of development work to establish mutually beneficial co-working between a university and its local community. David will address the question of how can we establish practices and structures that address social inequalities whilst enriching teaching and research. Drawing on recent research David will discuss how we might best sustain spaces where researchers, students, community practitioners and groups can work together to consider and address issues of mutual concern.

RSA Watch: Towards Inclusive Growth

Thursday 14 September 2017

6 pm - 8 pm

Chaucer Building, Room 2702, Nottingham Civic Exchange, Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham, NG1 4BU (please come to the main reception of Chaucer)

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Join us for the latest RSA Watch in Nottingham, which aims to connect you with leading thinkers and ideas.

This event on inclusive growth will stream the debate live from London as part of a series of events marking 10 years after the financial crash.

Recent political shocks may have forced leaders to listen to calls for a fairer distribution of the benefits of economic growth. But how can that be achieved locally and nationally?

Come together to watch Gabriela Ramos, OECD Chief of Staff; Hon Wayne Swan MP, former DPM and Treasurer of Australia; and Charlotte Alldritt, RSA Director of Public Services and Communities, debate whether ‘inclusive growth’ is an oxymoron, or the only hope for a truly sustainable economy.

When the London event finishes, Paula Black, Director of Nottingham Civic Exchange, and Matt Wheatley of D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership will share their local perspectives on inclusive growth.

There’ll be time for informal conversation and networking too – make sure you’re part of it by booking your free place using the link at the top of this page.

If you have any questions please contact the host of this event, Rich Pickford FRSA.

If you have an idea for a future RSA Watch event, please get in touch with Area Manager Abigail Campbell.

If you have any access requirements or require any reasonable adjustments, please let the RSA team know.

Nottingham Civic Exchange Launch Event

Thursday 15 June 2017

5.30 pm - 7.30 pm

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Nottingham Trent University is now into the second year of the implementation of our new strategic plan: Creating the University of the Future. This will see the University strengthen its role as one of the key civic institutions in the City and County through the launch of the Nottingham Civic Exchange.

Based at Nottingham Trent University, and delivered in partnership with the RSA, Nottingham Civic Exchange will become one of the region’s authoritative voices addressing salient policy agendas. In particular, it will explore the implications of new initiatives from a Nottingham perspective, drawing on the expertise of University colleagues, the RSA and its regional Fellows, our civic and commercial partners, community and voluntary groups and, of course, our own students.

As well as presenting the purpose of the Nottingham Civic Exchange, we will be presenting the early findings and next steps of its first major project. This focuses on Ordinary Working Families that are just about managing: how many such families are there in NG postcodes; are they increasing in numbers in recent years; and what are the major issues that impact upon their ability to cope?

Professor Edward Peck, Vice Chancellor of Nottingham Trent University and Matthew Taylor, CEO of the RSA and Chair of the Taylor Review on Modern Employment will open proceedings before there is a panel discussion and Q&A on the challenges faced by Ordinary Working Families.

We will start at 5.30 pm on the City Campus at NTU and food will be available at 7pm.

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