UCL Policy Fellows Programme
Gain new skills and build your networks by spending time embedded in a policy or research environment
The UCL Policy Fellows programme provides opportunities for UCL researchers to gain experience of working within a policy-focused organisation and to use their research skills in a policy context. The scheme also provides policy professionals opportunities to visit UCL and discover more about UCL’s world-leading research.
Opportunities for UCL researchers to spend time in a policy environment
Oppotunities for policy professionals to visit UCL and engage with our research community
The following are examples of some of the work produced by UCL Fellows whilst on policy placements:
Your exposure to air pollution could be much higher than your neighbour’s – here’s why
Johanna Buechler (UCL Cell & Developmental Biology) writes in The Conversation, about her work for Defra
A snapshot of UK research infrastructures
David McGovern's (UCL Civil Environmental and Geomatic Engineering) work at the Royal Society helped contribute to this report on research infrastructures
UCL ISR report for Defra on Circular Economy and Resource Efficiency
Stijn Van Ewijk (UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources) contributed to work on Circular Economy at Defra
What people say about the programme:
“Our UCL policy posting brought a huge amount of expertise, a new perspective and great connections to world-leading thinkers to our project. His contribution has had a tangible impact on our final findings and policy recommendations.
Government Office for Science
“We set the researcher a tricky problem requiring analytical skills as well as policy understanding, which she quickly grasped. I thought the placement was very successful and would definitely consider this scheme again.
Department for Transport
“I think academics could greatly enhance the policy impact and influence of their work by devoting more effort to producing generalist explanations of how their work is important, and how it relates to research done by others. I wholeheartedly recommend UCL's policy fellows programme as a means to learn how to do these things better, and thereby contribute to society in new ways
UCL Laws, seconded to Government Office for Science
“It’s an inspiring and useful experience to see how policy is made. It helps you understand how research impacts society and you can contribute to better public policy.
UCL Energy, seconded to Defra