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Defra seek Digital Sequence Information expertise ahead of COP15 – register your interest by 16/01

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) are seeking to convene a panel of experts on the treatment of Digital Sequence Information in the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework. The panel will focus discussions on Access and Benefit Sharing and discussions will help inform UK’s negotiation strategy ahead of the Conference of the Parties (COP15) on the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).  CAPE are exploring the role universities can play in supporting engagement around rapid-policy needs, through the convening of ‘pop-up’, or short-term expertise groups that differ from the Scientific Advisory Council models. CAPE are encouraging colleagues from across UK Higher … Continued

CAPE knowledge sharing session

On 22 November 2021, CAPE hosted the first of its quarterly sharing sessions, themed around the ‘Incoming Policy Fellowship Model’. Sharing sessions examine each of the CAPE academic policy engagement mechanisms so we can discuss learning with the sector on what works. The session provided an opportunity for 40 public policy professionals and researchers to share their experiences and reflections on the incoming policy fellowship mechanism and its role in the policy engagement landscape. The presentations and discussion considered evidence of policy fellowships and introduced case study examples of successful fellowship schemes. What is the incoming policy fellow model? Incoming policy fellowship … Continued

CAPEcast episode 4: An inside look into the Ministry of Justice’s Evidence and Partnerships Hub

In our fourth episode of CAPEcast, our podcast exploring academic-policy engagement, Kayleigh Renberg-Fawcett talks to Amy Summerfield, Head of Evidence and Partnerships in Data and Analysis (formerly the Data and Analytical Services Directorate) at the Ministry of Justice (MOJ). We take an inside look into how the MOJ is structured and why they created their Evidence and Partnerships Hub, which provides a centralised and dedicated function within the department to allow MOJ colleagues to make the best use of academic expertise. Through this, they are engaging with academics to transform the way evidence is used to generate policy insights, and … Continued

Lessons Learned from the Policy Fellowship Model: Sharing Event 22nd November

On 22 Nov, 3-4.30pm, we are delighted to invite you to the first in our series of our quarterly sharing sessions, themed around the ‘Incoming Policy Fellowship Model’. You’ll hear from us about CAPE – who we are, what we’re testing and how you can get involved, before we move into a series of talks themed around experiences and reflections of the incoming policy fellowship mechanism and its role in the policy engagement landscape, followed by an audience Q&A. Incoming Policy Fellows are fellowships for policy stakeholders to visit universities to talk to researchers and research services staff about policy pertinent questions. These visits usually last 2-3 … Continued

National Policy Perceptions: Only two weeks left!

CAPE invites you to share your thoughts, reflections and experiences of academic-policy engagement. The survey is anonymous, open to all Higher Education professionals in the UK and should take no longer than 15 minutes of your time. We hope that your reflections and experiences will contribute to an evidence base as to what might help better support higher education professionals to collaborate with public policy organisations to deliver stronger, evidence-based public policy. In particular, we aim to understand the following: How (and how often) HE professionals across all job families currently engages and/or supports with public policy. Where the barriers … Continued

A year and a half of CAPE – what have we learnt?

A year and a half into our four year project, we took some time to reflect on our collective experience of the project so far, and what we’ve learnt along the way. Starting a project in a pandemic is difficult but brought surprising advantages CAPE commenced exactly as the first lockdown happened. Our usual methods such as meeting stakeholders face-to-face or hosting fellowships in person had to change. It also meant that we weren’t able to hire our project team as quickly which significantly affected what we could do in those embryonic first few months. However at the same time, … Continued

CAPE launches new funding for academic-policy initiatives, the CAPE Collaboration Fund

We hope the CAPE collaboration fund will stimulate researchers and public policy professionals to work together in order to develop evidence-informed approaches to policy problems. It’s a key part of CAPE’s work to understand how to strengthen the relationship between the academic and public policy communities. Sarah Chaytor, CAPE Co-Investigator and UCL Co-Lead This week, we are delighted to share that we have officially launched our new funding scheme, the CAPE Collaboration Fund.   The CAPE Collaboration fund aims to build collaborative and co-productive research and activity between academics and policy professionals in an effort to better develop policy work. Up to … Continued

CAPEcast episode 3: Beyond the usual suspects – diversifying engagement with Parliamentary Select Committees

For our third episode of CAPEcast, our podcast exploring academic-policy engagement, Sarah Chaytor talks to Rob Davies, knowledge mobiliser at CLOSER (the home of longitudinal research) and currently a CAPE Fellow at the House of Commons Scrutiny Unit, and Faten Hussein a Senior Specialist at the Unit. We explore the work that the Scrutiny Unit is undertaking to understand and create systematic mechanisms to diversify engagement with their processes. In particular, we focus on Rob’s work as a policy fellow supporting the development of the first ever parliamentary Select Committee Areas of Research Interest (ARI) with the International Trade Committee. … Continued

CAPE is hiring! Policy Engagement Project Coordinator at University of Cambridge

CAPE is hiring a Policy Engagement Project Coordinator who will be based at the Centre for Science and Policy (CSaP) at the University of Cambridge, one of our CAPE partner institutes. At CSaP, the Policy Engagement Project Coordinator for the CAPE project will run a scheme to coordinate 20 Policy Fellowships per year across the five universities, working with colleagues to identify policy professionals to recruit for meetings with academics, as well as academics for matching with meeting and secondment opportunities. The post holder will also deliver CSaP’s participation in a full range of CAPE activities, which will include workshops … Continued

Parliamentary Select Committee publishes Areas of Research Interest

The International Trade Select Committee has published five Areas of Research Interest (ARI) for 2021 to help support the Committee’s scrutiny of UK wide trade policy. The ARI are as follows: Trade negotiations Gender and trade Food standards Developing countries Foreign Policy and Trade Academics at all career stages, research institutions, and experts are encouraged to register their interest in the ARIs, add their existing research in the topic areas, provide their insights, and suggest questions that the Committee could be asking the Government. CAPE Policy Fellow Rob Davies, who through his fellowship at Parliament’s Scrutiny Unit, has been working … Continued