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Manchester University hosts Policy Week as leading thinkers discuss equality issues

Policy week

When you think of Manchester, you think of a city which is renowned for its diversity. It's not a place where difference is tolerated, it's a place where it's celebrated, and this is visible in the city's long history of radicalness, reform and protest, from the Peterloo Massacre of 1819 to the Clause 28 marches in the 1980s. So it's fitting that, for five days in November, leading thinkers, politicians and media types will descend on Manchester as Policy Week comes to the city.

What is it?
Policy Week is organised by policy@manchester, a University of Manchester initiative that aims to showcase the great contribution of Manchester researchers to the development of public policy in the UK and internationally. Discussions will focus around issues of equality, taking in subjects from housing to devolution. 

Speakers include the former Deputy Prime Minister Michael Heseltine, who will be talking at Manchester Town Hall on Mon Nov 3, in a speech entitled 'The Forgotten People', while 'Newsnight' presenter Evan Davis will chair a panel discussion ‘What should we do about inequality’. Other speakers include Prof Danny Dorling, the author of 'All That Is Solid: The Great Housing Disaster', plus MPs Lucy Powell and Alison McGovern. Discussions will focus on themes like international development, welfare reform, urban inequalities, health, housing and childcare.

Many of the events are free to attend. Book them at 

Policy Week runs from Mon Nov 3 - Fri Nov 7