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CAPE and UPEN working together - CAPE

The Universities Policy Engagement Network (UPEN) and the Capabilities in Academic Policy Engagement (CAPE) research and knowledge exchange project are committed to working together to share learning and enhance engagement across academic-policy engagement.

An overview of both and how they plan to collaborate is provided below.

Overview of CAPE and UPEN

CAPE is a 4-year research and knowledge exchange project, funded by Research England, between five universities: Cambridge, Manchester, Northumbria, Nottingham and UCL, in collaboration with the Government Office for Science, the Parliamentary Office for Science & Technology, Nesta and the Transforming Evidence Hub. CAPE tests and evaluates academic policy engagement mechanisms – including skills training, knowledge exchange events, policy fellowships and funding – in order to better understand how to support effective, sustainable and diverse academic policy engagement. CAPE will also develop toolkits, guides and reports for the higher education sector based on its findings.

UPEN connects university-based knowledge brokers and researchers with policy professionals and research users working within local, regional, devolved, and international actors and organisations to promote the interchange of knowledge, talent and people. Founded in 2018, UPEN is a member-led organisation representing over two-thirds of all higher education institutions in the United Kingdom and offers a ‘one-stop shop’ to promote academic-policy engagement opportunities. Working closely with a range of research-user communities and organisations, UPEN offers innovation-led training and support for knowledge exchange and policy engagement through events, seminars, exchange opportunities and special projects.


With distinct, but complementary objectives, CAPE and UPEN intend to work closely together as a network and a research and knowledge exchange project.

What UPEN and CAPE plan to work together on

How we plan to work together

Getting in touch

If you’d like to suggest ideas for UPEN and CAPE engagement, please contact:

Alex Clegg, UPEN Manager

Sarah Chaytor and Andy Westwood (CAPE Co-Chairs)