View hundreds of lectures for free, online at Gresham College

Gresham College has hosted free public lectures for over four hundred years, on a wide range of topics, not just politics and economics, but also history, science, the arts, and much more.

Not only is it possible to attend the lectures in person, but the college has recorded all of the lectures since the 1980s, and over 1,900 of them are freely available on their website, in text, audio and visual formats.

This is a marvellous resource of fascinating information and definitely worth a look.

Their website is here:


Living Wage Week

Living Wage Week, Sun 5 Nov- Sat 11 Nov, is the annual celebration of the Living Wage movement in the UK.

Our movement is made up of Employers, Experts, Organisations and People who all believe that a hard day’s work deserves a fair day’s pay.

On the Monday of Living Wage Week – Monday 6th November – the new Living Wage Rates are announced at a ceremony. These rates apply to all Living Wage accredited employers.

The real Living Wage is annually calculated to reflect the cost of living in the UK and there is a separate, higher, rate in London. It is voluntarily paid by thousands of employers in the UK and applies to all workers over the age of 18 included contracted and subcontracted staff.

For more information on Living Wage Week 2017 – please email: 

Real lIving wage

Introducing the new Director of the Parliamentary Digital Service

Heading into the future without forgetting the past – A Parliamentary Digital Service Blog Post

2017 has included some unexpected things for the PDS. In her first week, Tracey Jessup talks about becoming the new Director, what PDS has achieved so far and what the future holds.

Read more at the Parliamentary Digital Service Blog:


Hotlines List Update

The Hotlines List was updated on 21 September 2017

As always, please ensure that you are using the current version of the hotlines list on the intranet, as copies saved to your computer may be out of date.

Please go here to see the new information (you need to have an intranet login to access this page).

Developing our skills through 10% time

Developing our skills through 10% time – A Parliamentary Digital Service Blog Post

You might have heard of companies which let their employees spend a percentage of their time on creative projects that will benefit them. Emma Allen introduced this in the last organisation she worked for and she’s blogged about doing the same for her teams at PDS.

Read more on the PDS Blog:

Changes to courier deliveries to Parliament

There has been a change to the way in which courier deliveries are made to Parliament, and you should have received an email giving you the details.

If you haven’t received the email, you can view the information on the intranet.  Please do take the time to go and read it, because it is very important and affects the way in which you need to order and receive goods.

DVLA hotline number temporarily out of order

The DVLA is currently experiencing some intermittent issues with external telephone calls. This means that some of you may experience problems when trying to call the MP hotline provided by the DVLA.  Engineers are working hard to fix the problem.  In the meantime, please use the email address provided on the hotline list.

Social media and political polling

The House of Lords Committee on Political Polling and Digital Media takes evidence from Demos and academics in its second public evidence session.

The sessions focus on the impact of social media on political opinion polling, the prospect for social media analysis to provide an alternative to traditional approaches to analysing public opinion and how the media reports on opinion polls when they are published.

The Committee meets on Tuesday September 12  in Committee Room 2, Palace of Westminster

At 10.45am

  • Professor Susan Banducci, University of Exeter
  • Carl Miller, Demos

At 11.45am

  • Professor Jane Green, University of Manchester
  • Professor Chris Hanretty, Royal Holloway, University of London

Interview with Rob Greig, departing Director of PDS

In his final week, Director of the Parliamentary Digital Service Rob Greig reflects on his time working on digital transformation and the challenges ahead, in this excellent podcast from Ben Woodhams and Robert Brook.

Worth subscribing to the UK Parliament feed on Soundcloud for more.