What is UPEN?

The Universities Policy Engagement Network, UPEN, is a community of UK universities committed to increasing the impact of research on policy.

UPEN offers a dedicated contact point for policymakers, and a collective response to requests for evidence.

It organises knowledge exchange events with government, parliament, devolved bodies, and identifies mechanisms to take forward specific projects.

UPEN is also developing best practice amongst universities in policy engagement activities, and will act as a champion for this relatively new role within universities.

Political Studies and Civic Universities: Community, public, and policy engagement for political science

thumbnailThis panel was recorded as part of the Political Studies Association Conference 2021. It outlines and explores the opportunities for political studies in engaging and participating in developing the civic universities agenda as well as linking to the Knowledge Exchange Framework (KEF) and the growing interest across higher education in terms of the way academics engage more deeply with the community, public and policymakers.