Decision time for HS2: another victim of the UK’s infrastructure failings

Ten years since it was first launched, with £7.4bn already spent and yet another review announced, the benefits of HS2 are being questioned once again. Whilst arguments in favour of HS2 have remained unchanged for a decade – reduced travel times will boost the national economy and drive regional growth – the economic, technological and societal context have changed almost unrecognisably since 2009. It is a depressingly...

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GK Strategy 17th Sep, 2019 Insight
uk , Politics , UK Politics , HS2 , infrastructure
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Summer internship at GK

Having spent two weeks at GK last year, I returned to the office eager to build on the wealth of knowledge and experience I had gained previously. Whilst there were some unfamiliar faces upon arrival, as is the nature of this work I am told, I was given a brief reintroduction to the team and quickly settled back in, much to their credit. Summer 2018 vs 2019 Over the course of the first week, the stark difference from my time last year, in responsibility, autonomy and workload became...

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GK Strategy 14th Aug, 2019 Impact
internship
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The life of an Intern – Interning for a communications agency

Alfie Dewdney joined us for a short internship this summer. Here are his thoughts from working at GK. Day One First day nerves – there’s no avoiding them. Venturing out to spend a week in London as an Intern was always going to be daunting, but when combined with an abrupt 6am start and the challenge of manoeuvring trains and tubes, it’s natural to feel a little uneasy. Fortunately, on arrival at the office on Monday morning, any feelings of apprehension and worry soon left...

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GK Strategy 2nd Jul, 2019 Insight
Communications , GK culture
3 min read

FemTech – a journey for women’s healthcare

Solutions for both women’s healthcare and technology innovation have been charged with lacking in progress – menstrual health, breast screening, sexual health tests and contraceptive methods have largely remained stagnant in development and innovation in the healthcare spaces. Yet, over the last five years, investment in FemTech companies has skyrocketed, whilst smart FemTech solutions are beginning a fruitful journey of NHS employment. Is FemTech the new solution to change women’s...

EdTech – A Digital Revolution in the Classroom?

Progress in the education sector consistently heads policy conversation in the UK. Yet, give or take the minor technological transition from chalkboards to smart boards, the classroom has largely remained steeped in conventional methods of learning delivery for the last two hundred years. In a rapidly modernising world, the education sector is struggling to meet demands of the digital landscape. Predictable problems such a mounting workloads, one-size-fits-all learning approaches and ageing...

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GK Strategy 22nd May, 2019 Strategy 3 min read

Opportunities to Study in Europe

Enrolling yourself into a university can be an excellent investment in your future career. But where to go to university is an important question with lifelong implications. It is a difficult decision to make. Once you have chosen your course you need to find the right educational institution, and it could be further away than you first imagine – perhaps even abroad. More students are now studying abroad than ever...

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GK Strategy 29th Nov, 2018 Insight 2 min read

All Change Please

Train stations are no longer just places for passengers to pass through, buy tickets and rant at staff for delays that aren’t their fault. A number of pressures, including funding and housing, are driving the growth in mixed-use stations in the UK, with housing, shops, food and the railway on one plot of land. Despite the Prime Minister’s claims to the contrary, Britain remains in the grip of austerity, with recent...

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GK Strategy 19th Nov, 2018 Insight 2 min read

Being an Intern at GK Strategy

I knew my internship at GK Strategy would be a great experience as soon as I left my interview. It felt like I’d left a catch up with friends, rather than an interview at a leading public affairs consultancy. Of course, despite the friendly, positive atmosphere, it was by no means a soft-touch interview. It was going to be a great internship for someone, I just hoped that someone was me. Thankfully, recently graduated, I had found my first internship, minutes from Westminster, in a young,...

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GK Strategy 12th Nov, 2018 Insight 3 min read