UCL Public Policy


UCL Policy Fellows

The UCL Policy Fellows programme provides UCL researchers with the opportunity to work directly with policy professionals whilst embedded within a policy environment.

Current opportunities

Department of Health and Social Care - Collaborate

The Department of Health and Social Care’s (DHSC) Strategy Unit is currently 6 months  in to a new initiative for bringing external insights and expertise into the policy work of the department. ‘Collaborate’ is taking an innovative, Open Policy Making approach to bring together the voices of clinicians, academics, patients and policymakers during six month ‘semesters’ on relevant themes. DHSC is looking for an enthusiastic PhD or post-doctoral student, with a background in behavioural sciences research and/or theories of improvement and systems thinking, preferably in a healthcare setting, to be placed with us for between 4 and 6 months on a part time basis. 


To apply please send a covering letter (one page) outlining your suitability for the role and a short CV to Katherine Welch (k.welch@ucl.ac.uk). Closing date for applications: extended to 29 June 2018


Greater London Assembly: Research Associate Secondment - Higher Education and Innovation

The strength of London’s world-class Higher Education and research base is key to the productivity of London, and the UK as a whole.  The Mayor of London’s response to the Government’s Industrial Strategy supports the need for research and business collaboration so that London businesses, universities and research organisations can continue to work together to preserve and promote economic success, locally and nationally. The main purpose of the role is to ensure that Higher Education is centre stage of the Mayor of London’s Industrial Strategy and to identify practical ways in which university-business collaboration can be increased to maximise innovation and business growth across London’s key sectors.


Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

The Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is looking to fill two six-month placements within the Industrial Strategy team. The Government published its flagship Industrial Strategy White Paper in November 2017. Its publication marked a starting point for bringing together policy makers and the private sector, to deliver against its ambitious aims. BEIS has exciting opportunities in the high-profile Industrial Strategy team who lead on the strategy’s delivery and development.

BEIS is looking for candidates to work on two roles in the Industrial Strategy analyst team helping to drive forward the analytical work supporting the development of Grand Challenges and missions. The Grand Challenges aim to put the UK at the forefront of the industries of the future, ensuring that the UK takes advantage of major global changes, improving people’s lives and the country’s productivity. Find out more about the Industrial Strategy Grand Challenges. Find out more about the roles: 

Industrial Strategy Policy Role

Industrial Strategy Analyst Role

To apply please send a covering letter (one page) outlining your suitability for the role and a short CV to Katherine Welch (k.welch@ucl.ac.uk).


About the programme

The UCL Policy Fellows programme aims to:

  • Facilitate engagement between academics and policymakers by:
    • improving the exchange of information (of the latest research and of policy priorities)
    • developing networks between academics and policymakers
    • contributing UCL academic expertise to policy-relevant activity.
  • Enhance mutual understanding of academic research, the development of policy, and the workings of Government.
  • Assist in the development of a culture in which policy implications and influence are considered throughout the research process, and engagement with policy by researchers is encouraged, facilitated and rewarded.
  • Enable the contribution of academic expertise to specific policy activities in the host organisation.

How it works

Placements are offered on a flexible (often part-time) basis, generally for 3-6 months in the first instance (with possibility of extension), to suit the circumstances of both researchers and host departments. Placements are offered based on matching general expertise, skills and interests to policy needs, rather than necessarily directly matching a specific project. UCL Public Policy provides support to identify placement opportunities, manage the administration of the placement, and identify funding where necessary.

Benefits for researchers

Placements enable researchers to work closely with policy professionals and gain direct experience of the process of policy development. As well as developing policy knowledge and the ability to translate research expertise, placements help to develop transferable skills that are useful beyond academia, such as networking, stakeholder engagement, project management, public speaking, and negotiating

Benefits for host organisations

Host organisations benefit from the particular skills and expertise of the researcher in helping to inform and shape policy development and have access to some of the latest academic thinking in the relevant area, as well as the researcher’s broader academic networks. Placements also help to develop individual and institutional relationships between academics and policymakers and provide mutual points of contact.

For more information or to have an informal discussion about the programme please contact Katherine Welch (k.welch@ucl.ac.uk) or Olivia Stevenson (o.stevenson@ucl.ac.uk)