UCL Public Policy


Public Policy Masterclass Series (SLMS)


UCL Public Policy is delighted to launch its 4-Part Public Policy Engagement Masterclass Series.  This series provides students, postdocs, researchers, academics and professional service staff across UCL with an introduction to academic-policy engagement and the skills they need to engage effectively with policy.

UCL Public Policy is committed to increasing the diversity and inclusivity of its activities. So while the content has been designed specifically for those based in SLMS, those from across UCL are welcome and we encourage people from under-represented groups (BAME, LGBTQ+, a mature student, or disabled) to sign up. 

Part 1: Public Policy 101

This webinar introduces students and researchers in SLMS to foundational knowledge of public policy engagement. By the end of the webinar, attendees will be able to answer: Why engage with public policy? Who are policy professionals? How can policy engagement increase the impact of your research? The first live sessions took place in June 2020 and the recordings are available here. This webinar will be held again in Winter 2021. 

Part 2: Up Close and Policy Lunchtime Seminars

The goal of the series is both to provide the audience with insights in how to maximise the policy impact of their current research and provide researchers wanting to engage with public policy a clearer understanding of how to get involved. More information is available here.

Part 3: Pathways to Impact

This part consisted of two half-day hands-on workshops on Wednesday 16th and 30th September from 9:30-12:30 via Zoom.

They explored: 

  • How to work with knowledge intermediaries (House of Commons library; POST; government advisers; think tanks; What Works Centres) 

  • Formal processes for enabling research uptake (e.g. submitting evidence to select committee inquiries) 

  • Identifying existing routes and networks that leverage policy engagement ability (e.g. How to do stakeholder mapping, and existing support available within UCL, Theories of Change) 

Please note Part 3 requires you either to have participated or watched the recording from Part 1 and for you to be available to attend both sessions. These sessions will be recorded for those who are not able to attend live. 

Part 4: Communication Skills

Split into two parts, these workshops will explore ways to leverage social media, blogs, and other communication avenues to maximise the reach of your research to policy and public audiences. They will take place on Tuesday 8th (policy audience) and Tuesday 15th of December (public audience). 

Find out more and register below: