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Community of Policy Practice launched

Strengthening academic policy engagement

Northumbria University recently held an interactive online event to formally launch its Community of Policy Practice.  The Community of Policy Practice is open to all staff at Northumbria University and membership has grown to more than 150 members since it was set up in October 2021! The Community of Policy Practice will strengthen effective academic policy engagement and provides a great opportunity for staff at Northumbria University to engage with opportunities stemming from the Capabilities in Academic Policy Engagement project.

The launch event on 18 January 2022 featured a presentation from Professor Alistair Rieu Clarke and his research on international law, sustainable development and transboundary waters and an overview of the opportunities available through the Capabilities in Academic Policy Engagement (CAPE) project from Jenny Hasenfuss, CAPE Project Coordinator at Northumbria University. The event was also a chance for researchers and professional services to shape the development of the Community of Policy Practice.

“It was excellent to see so many colleagues attend the Community of Policy Practice launch event. As a modern research rich environment here at Northumbria University the Community of Policy Practice presents a great opportunity to connect with our researchers and co-develop activities to strengthen effective public policy engagement.” Lucy Jowett, Research Impact Manager, Northumbria University

Collaboration, exchange and learning

In future months the Community of Policy Practice will feature a range of activities including guest speakers, drop-in funding sessions and opportunities to share practice and resources to support and strengthen effective academic policy engagement.