Sir Jeremy Heywood: Welcome to Civil Service Quarterly #5

Sir Jeremy Heywood
Sir Jeremy Heywood

If the Civil Service is to be truly world-leading it needs to be more collaborative, learn more from external experts, and respond to new challenges with innovation and boldness. Civil Service Quarterly (CSQ) contributes to that wider goal by publishing articles from civil servants about the work they do.

The latest edition is out today, and leads with a ground-breaking article about the government’s campaign against the practice of forced marriages and female genital mutilation.

There is a lot more besides and my new editorial runs through each of the articles.

We welcome your feedback on what you read either in the feedback boxes below the articles or by tweeting using #CSQuarterly and @UKCivilService.

Read all the articles on the Civil Service Quarterly blog.

We want you

Every quarter I sit down with the other members of CSQ’s editorial board – which includes Alex Aiken, Lin Homer, Dave Ramsden, Charles Roxburgh, Chris Wormald, Oliver Letwin and Chris Lockwood as well as senior figures outside the Civil Service – Sir Richard Lambert and Jill Rutter. We read through and comment in detail on articles for the next edition, and are always struck by the breadth of work going on the in Civil Service today.

Getting an article published in CSQ is something to be proud of, it is a publication read by commentators and experts from around the world. I want to encourage you to think about whether your work, or the work of your staff or colleagues, is worth writing about in CSQ. There are some basic criteria we apply, based on CSQ’s 3 mutually reinforcing goals.

First, CSQ demonstrates our commitment to open government. So all articles are publicly available, and authors put their names to them. Publishing an article is an opportunity to engage in discussion, and we want authors to respond to comments and questions from readers.

Second, CSQ showcases outstanding work done in the Civil Service. We want to celebrate innovation and success, but we can only claim success if we can show the evidence that supports it. If you don’t have the evidence yet, then it’s too early to write your article.

Third, CSQ aims to encourage greater professionalism in the Civil Service by sharing best practice across traditional silos. You must write to be understood by people outside your department and your profession. This isn’t always easy, but the CSQ team can help. If you think you can meet these requirements, get in touch with the CSQ editorial team at

So please encourage others to read CSQ and feedback to us by tweeting about it using #CSQuarterly and #OurCivilService.

Read all the articles on the Civil Service Quarterly blog.


  1. Comment by Patrick Knox posted on

    the link to the article 'How do I successfully manage change? about how HMRC managed it effectively is broken.
    This also highlights that your cover email with these links does not have a way for readers to let you know about broken links or other problems.

    • Replies to Patrick Knox>

      Comment by Russell Barnes posted on

      Hi Patrick, thanks for letting us know and apologies it's not working. Can you let me know which article has the broken link and i'll investigate.

      If you spot anything else please tweet us @UKCivilService


  2. Comment by Peter Dick posted on

    Instead of having an article about the Civil Service Quarterly, could we just have a straightforward means of seeing the contents and of actually reading the articles, please?

  3. Comment by Gerry posted on

    Here's what I get when clicking on your direct link: "Sorry, but the page you were trying to view does not exist"?