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CAPE is hiring! Project Manager

We are seeking an experienced project manager to drive the successful delivery of the CAPE project. This is an opportunity to play a key role in delivering a significant large scale project at the interface of higher education, government and policy making.  Working closely with the Project Delivery Group, the project manager will play a key role in ensuring the successful delivery of CAPE activities and project KPIs. This will include overseeing all operational elements of the project, managing budgets, spending and reporting, managing communications, and working closely with the Advisory Board chair, CAPE project staff, university researchers and policy professionals. The post will be … Continued

The Knowledge Exchange Unit celebrates two years in UK Parliament

The Knowledge Exchange Unit (KEU), was formed in September 2018 by the Parliamentary Office for Science & Technology (POST), a CAPE partner, and has just celebrated its second anniversary. KEU was created to support, enhance and diversify the exchange of information and expertise between parliament and the research community, and has published a report reflecting on their achievements and plans for the future. CAPE welcomes this report and we look forward to working with them on their priorities for the coming year. Read more: About POST The Knowledge Exchange Unit two year report

CAPE is hiring! Policy Engagement Coordinators

CAPE is recruiting five policy engagement coordinators with demonstrable experience of engaging with or working in public policy. These posts represent an opportunity to contribute to the delivery of a significant large scale project at the interface of higher education, government and policy making Each CAPE university partner will host one policy engagement coordinator, who will work closely with coordinators at the other universities, with their respective university communities, and with regional and national policy stakeholders. The policy engagement coordinators will play a pivotal role in developing and coordinating the effective running of project activities and wider project deliverables. They … 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.

£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