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 fellowship 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 OVPR 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.

The UCL Policy Champions Network is a grass-roots group of researchers, academics, and professional services staff from across UCL. Champions act as ambassadors for academic-policy engagement within their own research community and across UCL.

UCL is a founding member of the Universities Policy Engagement Network (UPEN) - a network of UK universities who are working together to increase the public policy impact from their research.

Find out more about 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.

Sarah is currently on maternity leave.

Olivia Stevenson

Olivia Stevenson

Dr Olivia Stevenson is Head of UCL Public Policy and a cofounder of the Universities Policy Engagement Network (UPEN).

Olivia works with academics and policy professionals to build networks and joint activities. Leading the UCL Public Policy initiative, Olivia generates collaboration opportunities to improve the quality of engagement between academic research and public policy and manages strategic initiatives. Olivia is formerly a board Member for the Campaign for Social Science and has over 10 years' research experience, 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

Katherine Welch is Head of External Engagement and Partnerships.

Katherine works with the wider UCL Public Policy and Grand Challenges teams to develop strategic partnerships and managing stakeholder engagement for key cross-disciplinary and cross-sectoral activities and programmes to inform policy debate and development and to address global challenges.

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.


Helen Tsui

Helen Tsui

Dr Helen Tsui is currently supporting public policy activities at UCL. 

Previously Helen was covering maternity leave as Head of External Engagement and Partnerships. Before joining OVPR, Helen was the Knowledge Exchange Funding Manager at UCL Innovation & Enterprise and previously the Service Manager for EPSRC UK National Service for Computational Software at Imperial College London. 

Carina Schneider

Carina Schneider

Carina Schneider is Public Policy Engagement Facilitator with UCL Public Policy and responsible for knowledge exchange activities and grant funding to support engagement between researchers across the BEAMS EPSRC portfolios and the external policy landscape, working with Deans of Faculty, Heads of Department, and relevant members of the UCL Public Policy Board, to help develop and inform knowledge exchange strategy and dissemination for such research.

Carina was previously Centre and Policy Manager for the UCL Urban Dynamics Lab, a five-year EPSRC Digital Economy Network project, and over the past 10 years has worked in public programmes, communications and policy positions for The Bartlett, the Royal Institute of British Architects, Groundwork UK and Association of MBAs. 

Clément Leroy

Clement Leroy

Clément Leroy is a Research and Policy Engagement Associate both for the European Institute and the Office of the Vice-Provost Research. His goal is to ensure that UCL cross-disciplinary expertise rightly inform policy on Brexit in the UK and beyond. He is responsible for all matters related to Brexit, coordinating the dissemination of research, curating events and managing the UCL Brexit Hub and the UCL Brexit Blog.

Clément’s particular areas of expertise include diplomacy and EU economic policies as he has worked on Brexit at the French Embassy in London prior to his appointment and on EU economic policies at the French Ministry for Foreign Affairs in Paris. Clément holds an MSc in Public Affairs (distinction) and a BA in Political Sciences (distinction) from Sciences Po Paris.

George Dibb

George Dibb

Dr George Dibb is Head of Industrial Strategy & Policy Engagement, a joint position between UCL Public Policy in the Office of the Vice-Provost (Research) and the UCL Institute for Innovation & Public Purpose (IIPP).

George’s role involves co-ordinating the academic policy engagement from across UCL into the government’s Industrial Strategy, from AI in healthcare to the future of mobility. George acts as the secretariat of the UCL Commission on Mission Oriented Innovation and Industrial Strategy (MOISS) and the UCL Commission on Green Innovation Policy. George’s joint position also involves overseeing the policy engagement of the new UCL Institute for Innovation & Public Purpose (IIPP), with the founder and director, Prof Mariana Mazzucato.

George joined UCL in 2018 from the cross-party think-tank Policy Connect having previously worked in industrial, technology, manufacturing & innovation policy. George holds a PhD in Physics from Imperial College London in novel photovoltaic technologies, and previously worked as a research scientist at the National Physical Laboratory.

Graeme Reid

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 atthe 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.