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Who we are

CAPE 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. CAPE is funded by Research England.

The Project Delivery Group is made up of academic and higher education experts with a diverse range of experience in academic-policy engagement. Their role is to develop a range of activities and initiatives to strengthen the links between universities and public policy, foster and support new collaborations and enable researchers to develop the skills, experience and contacts they need to make meaningful connections with policy professionals.

Our People

Professor David Price, UCL Vice-Provost (Research) and Principal Investigator

David Price is UCL Vice-Provost (Research), with responsibility for UCL’s research strategy, and the performance, distinctiveness and impact of UCL’s research. As Vice-Provost (Research), he has led on the introduction of the Public Policy programme and championed research that delivers benefits to our society.

Sarah Chaytor, UCL Director of Research Strategy & Policy
Project Co-Lead and Co-Chair of Project Delivery Group

Sarah Chaytor is UCL’s Director of Research Strategy & Policy. Sarah established UCL’s flagship academic-policy engagement initiative, UCL Public Policy, and was a co-founder of UPEN, the Universities Policy Engagement Network.

Her role at UCL includes overseeing the UCL Public Policy programme and building UCL’s capacity to engage with public policy, as well as advising the Vice-Provost (Research) on strategy and research policy, leading on external policy engagement, and managing strategic projects. Prior to joining UCL, Sarah worked in policy roles with the Russell Group, the Wellcome Trust and Universities UK, as a parliamentary researcher and for a think tank. 

Dr Olivia Stevenson, Head of UCL Public Policy

Dr Olivia Stevenson leads UCL Public Policy. She generates opportunities to improve the quality of engagement and knowledge exchange between academic research and public policy and manages strategic initiatives.

Olivia is a co-founder of the Universities Policy Engagement Network (UPEN) and is involved in their Area of Research Interest and Equalities and Diversity work. Olivia has delivered a range of internationally recognised high impact research projects, published widely, most recently on structural and relational inequalities. She supported the development of CAPE and is involved in its delivery. 

Nicola Buckley, Associate Director, Centre for Science and Policy (CSaP), University of Cambridge

Nicola leads the Policy Fellowships team at CSaP. She is responsible for a programme for around 100 Policy Fellows active each year, matching Policy Fellows to relevant academics, developing CSaP’s academic networks and interactions with other universities.

Previously, Nicola was the Head of Public Engagement, has managed the annual Cambridge Science Festival and established the Festival of Ideas and Open Cambridge programmes. She also spent time as a secondee to the Science and Society team in the Department of Business Innovation and Skills.

Professor Andrew Westwood, University of Manchester
Co-Chair of Project Delivery Group

Andy Westwood is Professor of Government Practice and Vice Dean for Social Responsibility in the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Manchester. He is a Visiting Professor of Further and Higher Education at the University of Wolverhampton and a Governor at the National Institute of Economic and Social Research.  He is also an expert adviser to the EU and has worked regularly for the OECD and the IMF.

He has recently worked as a specialist adviser to the Select Committee on Economic Affairs in the House of Lords and also advised the Digital Skills Committee. He has also been a special adviser to ministers on education, skills and science policy at the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills, and a senior adviser at HM Treasury and in the Departments for Education and Communities and Local Government.

Professor Matt Baillie Smith, Department of Social Sciences, University of Northumbria

Matt is Professor of International Development at Northumbria University, with particular interests in the relationship between civil society, citizenship and development in the global South. His work focuses on the diverse ways volunteers are engaged in development and humanitarian settings. He is PI of Refugee Youth Volunteering Uganda and Research Director of the Swedish Red Cross led Volunteers in Conflicts and Emergencies Initiative and co-director of the Northumbria Centre for International Development.

Stephen Meek, Director of the Institute for Policy and Engagement, University of Nottingham

Stephen joined the University as the inaugural Director of the Institute for Policy and Engagement in September 2018, following a career in the UK Civil Service. He held board-level posts in the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government and the Department for Education, and has also had senior roles in HM Treasury, Cabinet Office and, on secondment, in the Local Government Association and working with Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Local Authorities on public service reform and devolution. Stephen is currently chair of the Universities Policy Engagement Network, which brings together policy facing functions from over 50 UK Universities.