UCL Public Policy


Capabilities in Academic Policy Engagement (CAPE)

CAPE is a knowledge exchange and research project exploring how to support effective and sustained engagement between academics and policy professionals across the higher education sector.

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10 May 2022


  • UCL Public Policy
  • University of Cambridge
  • University of Manchester
  • Northumbria University
  • University of Nottingham
  • Government Office for Science
  • Parliamentary Office for Science & Technology
  • Nesta
  • Transforming Evidence Hub

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CAPE is funded by Research England (2020 - 2024)


Local and central governments need to be confident that their policy interventions are effective and successful. Academic expertise has a crucial role to support this process. This 3-year project will foster and support academic engagement with policy professionals, and enable greater understanding and cooperation between universities, national government, parliament and regional and local authorities.

> read more UCL to lead £3.9m national collaboration to drive academic policy engagement


  • Build capacity and capability within universities and amongst policy professionals through training programmes and skills development. 
  • Develop activities and mechanisms to promote engagement and knowledge exchange at different levels of government and in different geographical contexts. 
  • Develop an evidence and knowledge base through ongoing, embedded evaluation and the provision of evidence-based frameworks and toolkits for use by universities and policy stakeholders. 
  • Incubate a Centre for Universities and Public Policy to provide an online platform for networking and sharing project resources for widespread use.  

Outputs and Impacts 

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