UCL Public Policy


Power the Planet! policy summer school 2019

Through the UCL Public Policy initiative, over 100 UCL students took part in the 2019 policy summer school.

As part of our Global Citizenship Programmes ‘Power to the Planet’ strand, delivered in conjunction with UCL Laws, our students heard from and worked with policy, advocacy organisations and campaign groups to explore issues related to ‘global environmental justice’. Developing their own independent research skills and delivering group projects focused on legal and policy case studies, students worked for some of the time with policy partners and presented their outputs to them. It is part of UCL’s wider Policy Summer School programme


  •  Over 100 students attended the policy summer school.

  •  Over 13 national policy organisations delivered sessions, including the Parliamentary Office for Science and Technology, Government Office for Science, Camden Council and the Institute for Government.

  • Through talks, tutorials and masterclasses delivered by leading policy thinkers, students developed the ability to tackle some of the key policy challenges facing the world today, from the need to devise a sustainable energy policy, to illegal deforestation to human rights abuses resulting from fossil fuel extraction.

  • Eight students went on to complete a 12-week internship at a national policy organisation.


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Student feedback
“Even if one isn't interested in a policy-related career, the nature of policy work is such that one is constantly dealing with a great variety of people and thus one is guaranteed to develop one's communication, negotiation and team-work skills” (UCL student intern)
 “I love the lectures the most because I knew nothing on policymaking before, but the high-profile current practitioners provided us with the best knowledge to empower us to be involved in this field.” (UCL participant)

Host Feedback
“The intern worked well within the council and provided much-needed capacity and intelligence to shape a new way forward. This is important on large policy challenges.” (National Policy Host)


Future summer school

This year we have teamed up with the University of Manchester to bring you the 2020 Policy Boot camp. The boot camp will run from the 17th August to 27th September. To find out more and sign up visit cfgm.ukWe particularly welcome applications from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME), disabled and widening participation students.