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Policy Engagement - Opportunities and Case Studies

Useful Resources

Parliamentary Academic Fellowships

Warwick has a strong track-record of success in the Parliamentary Office for Science and Technology (POST) Parliamentary Academic Fellowship Scheme. This competitive programme enables researchers at all career stages to use their expertise and skills to carry out projects in UK Parliament. Recent Fellows include: Dr Maria Barrett (SCAPVC); Dr James Winnett (WMG); Dr Gabriel Siles-Brügge (PAIS) and Professor Thijs Van Rens (Economics).

Universities Policy Engagement NetworkUPEN offers a dedicated contact point for policymakers, and a collective response to requests for evidence. It organises knowledge exchange events with government, parliament, devolved bodies, and identifies mechanisms to take forward specific projects.

Industry and Parliament Trust

The IPT is an independent, non-lobbying, non-partisan charity that provides a trusted platform of engagement between Parliament and UK business. The IPT is dually supported by cross-party representation of senior parliamentarians on its Board of Trustees, and through the patronage of its industry supporters.

Policy Briefing Service

The Research Impact team helps academics write policy briefings.

Examples of previous policy briefings are available here (these are from the Faculty of Social Science).

Our experienced staff translate academic research into succinct and impactful briefings for policy-makers. Get in touch to find out more...

Capabilities in Academic Policy EngagementCAPE is a knowledge exchange and research project that explores how to support effective and sustained engagement between academics and policy professionals across the higher education sector.

Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST)

POST produces impartial, non-partisan, and peer-reviewed briefings, designed to make scientific research accessible to the UK Parliament. The briefings come in the form of POSTnotes and POSTbriefs. Timely and forward thinking, they cover the areas of biology and health, energy and environment, physical sciences and computing, and social sciences.

UK Parliament - Research Impact

Parliament is keen to hear from researchers from different career stages, disciplines, institutions and backgrounds.

Parliamentarians and parliamentary staff are generally interested in research that is relevant to current issues on the parliamentary agenda. In addition, MPs are interested in research related to issues that affect their constituents.

UK Government - Areas of Research Interest

Areas of Research Interest (ARIs) give details about the main research questions facing government departments.

Each governmental department publishes its specific Areas of Research Interest. The Impact Team can help academics identify how to align their research with ARIs to achieve impact in government policy.

Case Studies

Parliamentary Academic Fellowship

Between April 2017 and July 2019 Dr Gabriel Siles-Brügge spent 2 days a week in Westminster as one of the first ever Parliamentary Academic Fellows, assisting the International Trade Committee (ITC). Embedded in the Committee policy team, Siles-Brügge contributed to numerous briefings to MPs and helped the Committee prepare several reports on UK trade and investment policy.

Women of Colour Resist - Engaging with Activists

Dr Akwugo Emejulu is working with activists across Europe to help bring attention to their campaigning. Her research highlights the successes and challenges faced by women of colour activists which feeds into ongoing conversations and campaigns to affect change in policy, visibility and engagement.

Committee on Standards in Public Life

Professor Mark Philp chairs the Research Advisory Board for the UK’s Committee on Standards in Public Life (CSPL). Recent work has seen the Committee make the case for making the intimidation of candidates in elections an offence, which will shortly issue in statute after extensive collaborative work with the Jo Cox Foundation and Parliament. 

European Foundation for the Care of New-born Infants

Professor Dieter Wolke's research on the effects of being born preterm has led to invitations to join the scientific advisory boards of key European and international new-born health organisations.

His research has also contributed to policy and practice guidelines for the standards of care for preterm babies.

All Party Parliamentary Group for Disability

Since 2016 Professor Kim Hoque has worked with the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Disability to influence government disability employment policy. Working closely with the Chair of the APPG, Doctor Lisa Cameron MP, Hoque has met with and persuaded MPs and civil servants from across the political spectrum to support the proposals outlined in his research.

Ending Violence against Women and Children

For the last 25 years Professor Ravi Thiara has worked in the under-researched field of sexual violence and minoritised women. Professor Thiara's research has challenged the short-term and siloed policy and practice responses, helping to inform policy at Women's Aid, Rape Crisis and Imkaan.

Policing the Borders Within

Since 2016, Dr Ana Aliverti has worked closely with English police forces and the Home Office's Immigration Enforcement (IE) on an independent evaluation of immigration-police cooperation in everyday policing. UK's police forces and IE have started to formalize their joint working practices and policies, particularly since the national roll out of Operation Nexus in 2012.

Doing Politics, Changing Society

Since 2010 Dr Khursheed Wadia has worked with the Muslim Women's Network UK (MWNUK) advising on issues of gender and policy. Between 2018 and 2019, Doctor Wadia ran a programme with MWNUK to equip young women of colour with resources and confidence to organise and launch social action campaigns on issues including disability rights, colourism and sexual harassment.