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Reviewing the digital work of our embassies

We recently conducted a review of how our embassies are using digital. This blog explains why and how we run that review. The next blog looks at the findings. With … Read more »Reviewing the digital work of our embassies

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Piloting new digital training

The FCO has an ambitious change agenda to bring the organisation fully into the digital age. Our Digital Transformation Unit was set up in February 2014, bringing in the specialist … Read more »Piloting new digital training

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Further adventures testing the Chevening application system

Some beautiful photos from the latest round of Chevening user testing, and what we learned from the latest cohort of scholars On Saturday 25 October, the latest cohort of Chevening … Read more »Further adventures testing the Chevening application system

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Digital Week at the FCO

Last week, the FCO held its first ever Digital Week: a concentrated effort to show our staff how digital tools and technologies can transform our policy-making, service delivery and communications. … Read more »Digital Week at the FCO

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Promoting LGBT rights in China

It’s not always easy to promote human rights in China. But people do care. In particular, our statements supporting LGBT rights always achieve a great deal of attention, most of … Read more »Promoting LGBT rights in China

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NATO Summit Wales 2014: engaging through digital

The NATO summit was held in Wales on 4 to 5 September 2014. This was the first NATO summit in the United Kingdom since 1990. Read more »NATO Summit Wales 2014: engaging through digital

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Consular appointments discovery – looking outside the department

This is the last in a series of three blog posts discussing the discovery phase for our consular appointments transformation. See the posts on who, what, how and identifying user needs. … Read more »Consular appointments discovery – looking outside the department

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Wartime in Paris: an Ambassador tweets

Dr Richard Smith reveals an exciting new Twitter project by the FCO Historians   In 1914 Sir Francis Bertie held the plum posting in the British Diplomatic Service—the ambassadorship to … Read more »Wartime in Paris: an Ambassador tweets

Francis Bertie in 1915 (Agence Rol [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons)