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£3.9m awarded to national collaboration to support academic engagement with public policy

Research England has awarded almost £4m to a consortium of universities to explore ways of improving academic-policy engagement. Capabilities in Academic-Policy Engagement (CAPE) is a partnership between UCL and the universities of Cambridge, Manchester, Nottingham and Northumbria, as well as Parliament, Government and policy organisations. As the Covid-19 pandemic has demonstrated, the need for reliable evidence which can inform public debate and policy has never been greater. With increasing pressure on public finances, it is also vital that local and central governments can be confident that their policy interventions will be effective and successful – and academic expertise has a … Continued

In The Media: Call for regional scientific advisers to boost local engagement

English councils should appoint scientific advisers to enable academics to inform local policy decisions, according to a university leader. Read the full article at Times Higher Education

In The Media: Universities must collaborate to better inform public policy

Covid-19 has underlined the need for more coordinated and comprehensive engagement with policymakers, say David Price, Sarah Chaytor and Andrew Wathey. Read the full article in Times Higher Education.

In The Media: Academic-policy engagement: from the niche to the mainstream

Sarah Chaytor, UCL’s director of research strategy and policy, says a new UCL-led project will give academics the tools to influence policy. Read the full article on University Business.

In The Media: It’s time for academic-policy engagement to truly take off

Marking the launch of Capabilities in Academic Policy Engagement (CAPE), Sarah Chaytor and Andy Westwood make the case for a step-change in academic-policy engagement. Read the full article on WonkHE.