By Press Office 02 May 2016

Leading change in public services will debated by leading academics at an international research event taking place at Queen Margaret University (QMU), Edinburgh on Friday 13th May 2016.

From 8.50am to 4.30pm, the event will bring together some of the top thinkers in public administration to discuss the most recent developments in leading change in the age of austerity.

The event is particularly timely given the EU Referendum, elections for the Scottish Parliament, Welsh Assembly, Northern Ireland Assembly, English local councils, London Mayor and London Assembly, as well as the police and crime commissioner elections.

Key speakers at the event include Professor Paul Cairney from University of Stirling; Professor Paul Joyce from Universite Libre de Bruxelle, Belgium; and Professor Jari Stenvall from University of Tampere, Finland.

Research areas for discussion include redesign, talent management, big data and citizen engagement.

Commenting on the event, QMU’s Dr Ian Elliott, senior lecturer and co-director of the Edinburgh Master in Public Administration (MPA), said: “If you’re keen to take part in some serious discussions about leading change in public services during some of the most challenging years in living memory, then this is a great opportunity for you to have your say, shares ideas and research, as well as debate the issues with your colleagues across the industry.”

The free event will appeal to professionals from Scotland’s public sector, as well as those across the UK industry. The event is sponsored by the Joint University Council's Public Administration Committee of which QMU is an institutional member.

To register for a place at the event online, visit: or contact the events team at QMU, E:

For more information on governance, justice and public management programmes at QMU, ‘Step Ahead’ at QMU and find your postgraduate course online:

Notes to Editor

Queen Margaret University have a long established track record in education and research in Governance, Justice and Public Management. Queen Margaret University’s Master of Public Administration (MPA) programme is an innovative postgraduate programme which includes workplace learning in association with ACOSVO. As such this programme exemplifies the University’s approach to practically-relevant education within the public services area.

For further media information contact Lynne Russell, Marketing Manager, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, E:  T: 0131 474 0000, M: 07711 011239 and Jon Perkins, Press and PR Officer, E: T: 0131 474 0000.

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