New digital resources for policy impact

We’ve created a series of digital resources to help you learn how to influence public policy. Influencing public policy is one of the ways you can demonstrate the impact of your research, whatever stage you are at in your academic career. How academics can work with politicians to influence policy Professor Paul Burstow, a former … Continue reading “New digital resources for policy impact”

Four ways to influence policy in your pyjamas

Since we’re all likely to be working from home for the foreseeable future, we present our guide to influencing policy in your pyjamas (note: these tips work just as well if you do decide to get dressed). Social distancing may be the order of the day, but that doesn’t mean you have to stop your … Continue reading “Four ways to influence policy in your pyjamas”

Engaging with All-Party Parliamentary Groups

Engaging with All-Party Parliamentary Groups (APPGs) is an accessible way of connecting with policy makers about your research. However, APPGs are little-known outside of policy circles. So, what are they exactly, what are they not, why are they a useful route for policy engagement, how can you get started? APPGs are informal cross-party groups. There … Continue reading “Engaging with All-Party Parliamentary Groups”

Ta-da! How to be a whizz at policy engagement

How to stay up-to-date with debates, look for opportunities and engage with policy makers. In the 2013 film Now You See Me, four magicians pull off a series of heists during their performances, taking money from the rich to give to ordinary people in the audience. Like Robin Hood, but with stage lighting. The question … Continue reading “Ta-da! How to be a whizz at policy engagement”

How to write an effective briefing note

In this article Jeremy Swan, Public Affairs Manager (Policy Impact), gives some tips on writing briefing notes for a policy audience.  Briefing notes can be a really great tool for influencing policy makers. But if you’ve not written one before, it can be hard to know where to start. In this post, I’ll provide a … Continue reading “How to write an effective briefing note”

What academics really think about policy engagement

In May 2018 I began a parliamentary academic fellowship with the House of Commons Select Committee on International Development. This committee, like many others, hears mainly from a small group of universities, mainly in London and the South East, and wanted to know how to engage a wider range of academic expertise across the country.  … Continue reading “What academics really think about policy engagement”