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Policy Fellowship with the GLA: Mobilising academic knowledge in London and beyond


Through the Capabilities in Academic-Policy Engagement (CAPE) project, we are pleased to announce a new Policy Fellowship opportunity with the Greater London Authority (GLA).  

CAPE is funding a 12-month pilot to create a dedicated knowledge brokerage function to build knowledge networks between GLA staff and academics in London and beyond. This will also support coordination between universities in London in seeking to apply their academic expertise to regional policy priorities. The Policy Fellowship will also engage closely with the new London Research and Policy Partnership (LRaPP). 

The objectives of the pilot are to: 

London is one of the world’s leading research and higher education capitals, with over 40 Universities and thousands of university researchers, and a breadth and depth of academic and analytical skills that can be brought together to support evidence-based policy development. With significant challenges facing the capital – many of them exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, it is vital that London continues to thrive, and generate new ideas and solutions on how to create more and better jobs, tackle social, economic and health inequalities, and deliver a fairer, cleaner and greener London. 

About the GLA 

The GLA is the strategic regional government of London. It represents the interest of Londoners and directs the future of London, particularly on issues surrounding transport, policing, planning, culture, environment, health, fire and emergency services and economic and social development. The GLA area covers the 32 London boroughs and the City of London.  

The City Intelligence Unit (CIU) sits at the heart of the GLA within the Strategy and Communications Directorate, providing a world-class strategy, intelligence, and analysis service for Londoners through excellent, evidenced, and deliverable insights from our understanding of the strategic issues and challenges affecting London, and use of technology and data.  

About CAPE 

The £10 million, 4-year Research England-funded CAPE project is a partnership between UCL and the universities of Cambridge, Manchester, Northumbria and Nottingham, in collaboration with the Government Office for Science, the Parliamentary Office for Science & Technology, the Alliance for Useful Evidence, and the Transforming Evidence Hub, funded by Research England. 

CAPE has been created to support effective and sustained engagement between academics and policy professionals across the higher education sector.  CAPE comprises four broad workstreams under which activities related to the academic-policy interventions will be co-designed with policy partners: training; knowledge exchange events; seed funding; and policy fellowships. Evaluation is embedded across the project and integrated in the delivery of activities in order to ‘learn as we go’ and share emerging knowledge with university and public policy stakeholders. 

About LRaPP 

The GLA, University of London, and the national CAPE programme have recently launched a new London Research and Policy Partnership (LRaPP). Working closely with London Councils, the Partnership is aimed at promoting greater joint working between London government and London’s academic research community.  

Role description 

The Policy Fellow will have a dedicated remit to convene networks and communities of practice, and deliver activities which aim to address or advance strategic policy priorities. S/he will act as a knowledge broker across multiple policy areas, working to identify and map networks of knowledge and research gaps; supporting academic capability to provide research evidence and expertise to the GLA;  integrating evidence in decision-making; and complementing the role of other GLA advisers and analytical experts. 

The successful candidate will work closely with the GLA, CAPE, LRaPP, the University of London, and other partners in the capital, including London Councils, London boroughs and sub-regional partnerships, business, other anchor institutions, public sector, research and policy organisations, civil society and communities. The main responsibilities of the post will be to: 

Priority tasks may include: 

Research and knowledge brokerage activities may involve: 

The successful candidate will be located in the GLA’s City Intelligence Unit (CIU) within the Strategy and Communications Directorate, but will also be connected to the University of London and CAPE. The postholder will be provided with a senior mentor to help them become familiar with, and navigate, the structures within the GLA and wider London government.  They will be expected to attend relevant management and policy-focused meetings, internally and externally, to ensure they are properly embedded and networked across GLA, CAPE partners, LRaPP and the broader university sector. They will be part of the Executive team for LRaPP. 

The position will be monitored and evaluated by CAPE and the GLA over the period of the pilot to determine its success and any improvements that could be made to the post.  

About you 



About Policy Fellowships 

This Fellowship is open to eligible academic and research staff at CAPE partner universities. It is offered on a full- or part-time basis for 12 months in the first instance, with the possibility of renewal. The fellowship award may be up to £100,000, dependent on career stage and salary level, experience, and time commitment, funded through CAPE. Specific terms and conditions will be stated in a joint fellowship agreement between University College London and the GLA, which the successful candidate will be required to sign at the start of their fellowship 

The fellowship will start as soon as possible. It is expected that the successful candidate will take a hybrid approach to flexible working, and will be based at the GLA’s, and University of London’s offices, as well as working remotely. We will discuss a preferred working pattern with the successful candidate.  

We are committed to being an inclusive employer. We welcome applications from everyone regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, faith or disability.  

The deadline for fellowship applications has been extended to 7 January 2022 23:59. Top ranked candidates will be invited to virtual interview before a final decision on appointment is made. 

For an informal discussion or for any queries, please contact us at [email protected]  

How to apply 

To apply please send: 

− a short CV (max 2 pp) 

− covering letter outlining your suitability for the role 

− a writing sample produced for a non-academic audience (if available)  

to [email protected] by the closing date of 7 January 2022