UCL Public Policy


Public Policy Engagement Online Series

Public Policy Engagement: Online Series is a suite of free online materials aimed at supporting researchers to engage with public policy, including ‘how to’ videos

The course is designed for early-career researchers to build their skills in academic policy engagement but is open to all career stages. 

Content includes short videos, interactive activities, reflection exercises and resources 

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Module 1: The Essentials

The Essentials introduces learners to foundational knowledge in public policy engagement. The module content has been designed to help early-career researchers and university staff gain an overview of the policy ecosystem and identify strategies and resources to assist them to incorporate academic-policy engagement into their work. 

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Module 2: Achieving Policy Impact

This module offers insights into how to translate research into broader contexts and engage with policy actors, networks and organisations. The goal is for learners to become well-versed in the varying pathways to engagement and impact, and motivated to share their own work and expertise with different actors across the evidence ecosystem.

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Module 3: Writing for Policy Audiences

This module offers practical and pragmatic advice on how to inform policy professionals and better explain the significance of your research. While designed for early career researchers and professionals, it's perfect for anyone seeking to improve their writing skills. Learners 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, with a focus on Select Committee inquiries and policy briefs.

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Module 4: Connecting with the Public Through Social Media and Blogs

This module provides learners with practical guidance and insights into how to communicate research findings with public audiences through social media (LinkedIn and Twitter) and blogs. Consisting of recordings from communication specialists, this module will enable early career researchers and indeed anyone working in academia to frame their research for public audiences and leverage online tools for disseminating their work.

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Module 5: Policy Advisory Groups and Roundtables

This module provides learners with practical guidance and insights into how policy advisory groups and roundtable events can benefit the impact of their research. Topics covered include: 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.

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