GCS Events & Comms Exchanges

To book a place at these GCS events you must be a current member of the Government Communication Service.

21 February 2018

GCS Comms Exchange: Ofsted’s campaign for clear writing– FULLY BOOKED

Ofsted will talk about their clear writing campaign and its objectives, including the materials that have come out of the project, its impact and their future plans. Come along to find out how this project can be rolled out by other departments/organisations to improve their comms work

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22 February 2018

GCS Comms Exchange:Insight and Evaluation– FULLY BOOKED

The Home Office Strategic Communications Insight team will provide a presentation on their latest communications research:

  • Communicating with EU nationals on Exiting the EU and Settled Status
  • Conducting insight gathering and creative testing with audiences around sensitive topics – specifically, knife crime among young people and challenges to be aware of when researching with young people

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23 February 2018

GCS Comms Exchange:Communicating better with customers– PLACES AVAILABLE

HMRC is improving its direct customer communications – letters, forms, texts and emails. We want to share the improvements we’re making to our direct customer comms, and how we’re using mini social media campaigns to support this work. This session is for anyone interested in stakeholder engagement, direct customer contact, behaviour change or social media.

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23 February 2018

GCS Workshop: Clients are from Venus. Creatives are from Mars– PLACES AVAILABLE

Who is it for?

This is for the wider GCS, primarily those of intermediate level.

What will be covered?

Beri Cheetham from The Gate talks about how creatives took a very different road to where their careers converge with marketeers. This hour-long session including Q&A will explore how the creative mind works, and how to get the very best out of your creative agency partners. It shows how the bravest and most effective work, no matter what the budget, is forged from trusted relationships between two opposites.

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28 February 2018

GCS Comms Exchange:Strategic communications as a global challenge– FULLY BOOKED

GCS International has been supporting governments around the world to improve their strategic communications for the public good.

This session will start by looking at examples of the work the team has been delivering around the world. It will then have a practical focus on identifying and overcoming some of the challenges GCS International face on a daily basis.

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28 February 2018

GCS Comms Exchange:Social media trends masterclass– FULLY BOOKED

The Ministry of Defence digital team will brief you on all the social media trends you need to know about for the coming year, from Ovid to OTT and Facebook to Fake News this is the one digital talk you don’t want to miss.

This session is led by Helen Craven, Head of Defence Digital Communications and is for communications staff interested in social media.

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6 March 2018

GCS event: Wales in London week – PLACES AVAILABLE

To celebrate Wales Week in London, and in light of the UK leaving the EU on 29 March 2019, come along to this session to understand the basic fundamentals of devolved matters and learn to clearly communicate key UK Government messaging to citizens in the nations.

This session will enable you to obtain:

  • A good understanding of the matters which are reserved for UK Government and devolved governments respectively, with a focus on Wales.
  • What the key UK government messages to citizens are.
  • How to factor this messaging into your campaigns or events where appropriate.
  • How to identify key stakeholders that will help to amplify messaging.

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13 March 2018

GCS & LG Comms: Awards Showcase event (AM) – PLACES AVAILABLE

This joint masterclass with LG Comms will look back at the award winning campaigns from the Public Sector Comms Awards that took place in October 2017. From small to large budgets, these are all campaigns that work.

You are welcome to attend one or both sessions but must sign up to them separately.

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13 March 2018

GCS & LG Comms: Awards Showcase event (PM) – PLACES AVAILABLE

This joint masterclass with LG Comms will look back at the award winning campaigns from the Public Sector Comms Awards that took place in October 2017. From small to large budgets, these are all campaigns that work.

You are welcome to attend one or both sessions but must sign up to them separately.

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16 March 2018

GCS Regional Communications Academy Exeter 2018– PLACES AVAILABLE

At the academy, attendees will hear from senior leaders at the Met Office and Environment Agency and have the opportunity to share their ‘best comms lessons’ reflecting on lessons learned from their work across the MCOM disciplines. Other sessions also include leadership for everyone as well as sessions on evaluation, the Modern Media Operation Guide,and digital.

Delegates are asked to do pre-reading ahead of the conference, which will be emailed to all delegates the week of 26 February 2018, and be prepared to bring and discuss their Personal Development Plans (PDPs).

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12 April 2018

GCS Comms Exchange: Strategic Comms and Security- Lessons from the Home Office– PLACES AVAILABLE

This comms exchange event will take attendees through a campaign recently undertaken by the Home Office. The campaign applied insights drawn from in depth research into the role communications can play to enhance security.

This event is aimed at all communication specialists – however those working in campaigns / behaviour change / communication related to HMG national security priorities will likely find the event of particular interest.

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26 April 2018

GCS Comms Exchange: supporting colleagues through change– FULLY BOOKED

As part of Building our Future, HMRC’s transformation programme, we’ve just opened the first of our 13 Regional Centres, in Croydon. We’ve kept colleagues informed, helped prepare them for new ways of working and a new environment, and started creating a new regional identity.

We want to share how we’ve done it, what we’ve learned, and what we’ll be feeding into future regional centres. This session is for anyone interested in internal communications, change communications, stakeholder engagement or behaviour change

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