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Pioneering masters degree extended to firms across UK

The UK’s first masters degree to train the next generation of roads engineers has been extended to include all private sector firms across the country. EM Highway Services is the first to send a student on SE7’s two-year MSc in highway engineering management. Councils outside the seven local authorities in SE7 have also been invited … Continue reading

Surrey graduates celebrate pioneering Masters degree

Surrey County Council employees have completed the UK’s first Masters course in roads engineering. The two-year course was launched in 2012 by the county council with the SE7 group of councils and the University of Brighton to train up the next generation of public sector highways managers, and has sparked interest from other academic institutions … Continue reading

Eric Pickles meets South East 7 councils

Picture caption: Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles met the South East 7 group of councils to find out how they are doing more for less by working together. He visited as it was revealed the group aims to make savings of almost £75 million over the next two years. Quote: Surrey County Council leader David … Continue reading

SE7 councils welcome reforms

A major overhaul of the support available for young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), that will give families greater control and choice over the care their children receive, has been welcomed by the SE7 group of councils. The reforms are set out in the wide-ranging Children and Families Bill. Many of the … Continue reading

Local Government Minister Brandon Lewis visits Surrey

Picture caption: Surrey County Council leader David Hodge outlined how local authorities are sweeping away the barriers to working together so they can do more for less at a briefing for Local Government Minister Brandon Lewis. Mr Hodge pointed to the work done at a regional level by the SE7 group and in the county … Continue reading

Councils plan to save millions by joining forces to bolster buying power

Surrey and East Sussex plan to join forces to bolster buying power and save millions of pounds between the county councils. The two local authorities are finalising a proposal to work together to drive harder bargains with suppliers they both use. It is expected that their collective purchasing power will drive down shared costs by … Continue reading

Surrey and Buckinghamshire aim to work together

Surrey and Buckinghamshire have agreed to look for opportunities to work together to find better ways to spend public money more effectively. The agreement was reached at a meeting of Cabinet members from the two county councils at Surrey’s headquarters. Surrey leader David Hodge welcomed Buckinghamshire leader Martin Tett days after Local Government Association chairman … Continue reading

LGA chairman visits Surrey to hear about one team approach

Leader David Hodge outlined Surrey County Council’s new agenda to get everyone working together as one team for the benefit of the county at a briefing for Local Government Association (LGA) chairman Sir Merrick Cockell. They were joined at County Hall by LGA vice-chairman Gary Porter, Surrey’s deputy leader Peter Martin and leaders from the county’s … Continue reading

Surrey head of highways speaks at national event on improving roads

Surrey County Council’s head of highways has spoken at a national event looking at improving roads that featured Transport Minister Norman Baker. Jason Russell talked at the Highways Maintenance 2012: Driving Change conference in his role for the Department for Transport’s Highways Maintenance Efficiency Programme (HMEP). The HMEP, launched by Mr Baker last year, seeks … Continue reading

Council beats £60 million savings target

Surrey County Council will save more than its target of nearly £60 million this year, figures reveal. Annual figures are expected to show the council has hit the savings target it set out to reach at the start of 2011/12 and saved an additional £4.1m when the financial year ends today. Saving £63.1m is equivalent … Continue reading

SE7 councils’ degree course attracts interest

SE7’s new master’s degree to train the next generation of public sector managers has already attracted interest from organisations involved in road maintenance. The National Roads Authority in the Republic of Ireland and Aberdeenshire Council have got in touch to find out more information about the course. The two-year MSc in highway engineering was launched … Continue reading

Transport Minister Norman Baker highlights SE7’s work to make savings

Transport Minister Norman Baker has singled out the work done by SE7 to “negotiate savings” from the group of councils’ combined roads bill. The minister championed the alliance of seven South East councils for its road maintenance efficiency drive at The Future Highways Delivery conference in London, pointing to savings through improved deals from contractors … Continue reading

Department for Transport uses SE7 to promote national efficiency programme

The SE7 group of major regional councils is being used to promote a Department for Transport efficiency drive. The national Highways Maintenance Efficiency Programme (HMEP) seeks to identify and promote innovative ways of addressing road maintenance issues. SE7’s work, which includes the launch last month of the UK’s first masters degree course to train the … Continue reading

Leader interviewed by BBC Surrey about launch of UK’s first highways degree

Surrey County Council leader David Hodge was interviewed on BBC Surrey about the UK’s first masters degree course to train the next generation of public sector road managers. The highway engineering MSc was launched by the SE7 group of councils, including Surrey, and Brighton University. Audio courtesy of BBC Surrey

Students start UK’s first highway engineering degree course

Picture caption: Sixteen students have started the UK’s first master’s degree course to train the next generation of public sector highways managers. The MSc in highway engineering was launched by the SE7 group of councils with Brighton University. Quote: Surrey County Council leader David Hodge said: “Only by having the best staff can we provide … Continue reading


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