GCS Events & Comms Exchanges

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

Comms Exchanges are run by GCS members. If you would like to host a Comms Exchange, please email john.bilton@cabinetoffice.gov.uk


23 April


Counter-disinformation training for senior media and digital professionals

This training will tell you what you need to know about the threat of disinformation, how you can help your team to position itself strategically to be able to counter it, and the practical steps required to do this. You’ll get a thorough understanding of the RESIST disinformation model which has been developed by the National Security Communications Team in consultation with GCS and the No.10 Rapid Response Unit, and written by disinformation expert Dr James Pamment from Lund University.

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25 April


This training will tell you what you need to know about the threat of disinformation, how you can help your team to position itself strategically to be able to counter it, and the practical steps required to do this. The target audiences for this course are press and digital teams.

Part 1: Introduction to disinformation analysis and the RESIST Model

The morning session provides communicators with an introduction disinformation and how the RESIST model can be used to tackle threats identified via developing an early warning system and long-term strategic approach.

Part 2: Rapid Response: a practical workshop to countering disinformation

The afternoon session will provide communicators with a practical approach to monitoring the online media environment in order to quickly identify and respond to dis/misinformation using the RRU FACT model.

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14 May


GCS Academy: Southampton

At our South East GCS Academy we are pleased to provide a full days training, covering topics such as crisis communication and evaluation, as well as local campaigns.

Alex Aiken, the Executive Director of Government Communications, will welcome you and talk about his priorities for the GCS, and the Government Communications Plan 2019/20.

Lunch will be provided.

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15 May


GCS Comms Exchange: Fire It Up: The Apprenticeship Campaign

This GCS Comms Exchange will showcase the launch of the new apprenticeships campaign – Fire It Up. The campaign, which launched on 17th January, aims to help raise awareness of the huge variety of apprenticeship options available for people of all ages and backgrounds through national TV, cinema, Out of Home, display and social media advertising, as well as PR, brand partnerships activity and a new website that provides helpful advice and information as well as access to thousands of apprenticeship opportunities across the country.

To hear more about the campaign and the process come along to this event to hear directly from the apprenticeships campaigns team.

You may also dial into this session via Skype. Please email john.bilton@cabinetoffice.gov.uk for details.

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19 July


GCS Comms Exchange: Planning Ministerial Events

Visits and events are important communication tools. They enable ministers and senior leaders to meet and learn from stakeholders, to see examples of great work in local communities and in industry, to develop departmental thinking about policy and to provide a platform for communicating Government messages.

Join the Home Office Ministerial Visits and Events team to learn more about the interesting and diverse work of GCS visits teams and develop your skills in how to create newsworthy and informative visits for ministers or senior leaders.

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