UCL Public Policy


About us

UCL Public Policy aims to strengthen links between UCL researchers and policy professionals, and to provide specific opportunities for UCL research to engage with policy.

Find out who we are, what we can do for policymakers and what we can do for researchers: we want to help both parties understand each other so the world's best research informs world-leading policy.

This includes holding public events and roundtable discussions on policy issues, managing a policy placement scheme for up-and-coming researchers, and supporting specific policy-oriented research activity and briefings.

UCL Public Policy is an initiative of the UCL Vice-Provost (Research) which seeks to bring UCL’s academic expertise to bear on pressing public policy challenges by integrating knowledge and evidence from across disciplines to inform policy. It provides an interface for researchers and policymakers, facilitates routes for engagement between research and public policy, supports the translation of research into policy-focused outputs, and promotes dialogue and debate on key public policy questions.

The UCL Public Policy Board, with a senior representative from each faculty, works with us on improving our picture of UCL’s strengths, augmenting our activity and identifying opportunities to enhance UCL’s policy impact even further.

Download the UCL Public Policy Strategy.

UCL Public Policy team

Sarah Chaytor

Sarah Chaytor
Sarah Chaytor is Director of Research Strategy & Policy, and Joint Chief of Staff in the Office of the Vice-Provost (Research), with responsibility for overseeing the UCL Public Policy programme, as well as advising the Vice-Provost on research policy. Her role includes leading on UCL’s external policy engagement, managing the UCL Public Policy portfolio of activities, building UCL’s capacity to engage with public policy, and managing strategic projects. She joined UCL in 2009 from the Russell Group where she was a research fellow specialising in research policy. Previously she worked in policy roles at the Wellcome Trust, Universities UK, and as a parliamentary researcher.

Olivia Stevenson

Dr Olivia Stevenson
Dr Olivia Stevenson ‎is Head of Public Policy. She is also a board Member for the Campaign for Social Science. With over 10 years research experience, Olivia has delivered a range of internationally recognised high impact research projects and related Knowledge Exchange/Knowledge Transfer activities. Further details and publications can be found by visiting her UCL research profile.

Katherine Welch

Katherine Welch is Acting Head of Public Policy, coordinating engagement between UCL’s researchers and policy professionals. Prior to joining OVPR, Katherine spent five years as Deputy Director/Institute Manager for the UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources, managing the key services, areas of work and institutional partnerships with academia, industry and public sector partners.

Graeme Reid

Prof Graeme Reid
Prof Graeme Reid is Chair of Science & Research Policy at UCL. He teaches on several postgraduate courses at UCL and has a research interest in the relationship between taxpayers and the science community. Graeme was specialist advisor to the House of Lords inquiry on EU Membership and UK Science ahead of the 2016 referendum. Graeme has spent many years at the interface between science and government, including a civil service career that spanned the Treasury, the Cabinet Office and BIS. He was head of research funding at BIS and made the case for the science budget in the coalition government’s 2010 spending review. He is a physicist and chartered engineer.