UCL Public Policy


Public Policy Masterclasses

Public Policy Engagement Masterclass Series 

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We are pleased to offer a second iteration of our Public Policy Engagement Masterclass Series. The sessions are designed for early career researchers to build their skills in academic policy engagement, but are also open to all UCL students, staff and researchers to attend. UCL Public Policy is committed to increasing the diversity and inclusivity of its work and activities. We particularly encourage people from under-represented groups to attend and strive to feature a diversity of experience in course content.

Part 1: Public Policy 101

Introducing foundational knowledge of public policy, including the policy ecosystem, key policy stakeholders & how to achieve policy impact. This webinar introduces students and researchers 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?

Part 2: Pathways to engagement

Hands-on learning to navigate the pathways to translating research into policy change and building/sustaining relationships with stakeholders. Participants will be able to take away skills and resources that will help them to translate their research into broader contexts and engage with policy actors, networks and organisations. Our goal is for attendees to leave the sessions feeling well-versed in the varying pathways to engagement, and motivated to share their own work and expertise with different actors across the evidence ecosystem.

Part 3: Introduction to public engagement (rescheduled) 

Develop your communication skills and your confidence - practice your 'elevator pitch' and tailor messaging for different audiences. This session focuses on developing the communication and presentation skills of participants, with a particular focus on public groups. Participants will be encouraged to think about how they present their research in different contexts and how to think about the audiences they will encounter and how to tailor their approach to these audiences.

Tuesday 8th June 10:30-12:30 on Zoom
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Part 4: Writing for policy audiences

Practical and pragmatic seminar exploring how to influence policy professionals and better explain the significance of your research. This workshop is perfect for anyone seeking to improve their writing skills. We will learn more about writing to support policy development, covering both what civil servants and ministers expect and how to provide the information they really need. This session will include time for Q&A.

Tuesday 11th May 10:30-12:00 on Zoom
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Part 5: The Conversation media training

Join an editor from The Conversation to learn how to tailor academic research into effective blogs and engage with online news sources. This interactive webinar will provide attendees with practical guidance and insights into how to communicate research findings with public audiences.

Tuesday 18th May 10:00-12:00 on Zoom
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Part 6: Roundtables and Policy Advisory Groups

This webinar will provide attendees with practical guidance and insights into how policy roundtable events and policy advisory groups can benefit the policy impact of their research. The webinar will cover: why to host a roundtable and/or a policy advisory group, how-to guidance, and case studies from UCL researchers with first-hand experience organising roundtables and policy advisory groups.

Tuesday 25th May 10:30-12:30 on Zoom
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