Policy Secondment: The Royal Academy of Engineering - Articulating Policy Impact

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Through UPEN and Capabilities in Academic Policy Engagement (CAPE) , we are pleased to announce a new Policy Secondment opportunity with the Policy and International Partnerships Directorate of the Royal Academy of Engineering . The academy is looking for someone to work with them to develop deep, rich impact narratives which look back at issues on which the Academy has a track record of sustained policy work, to document that work and to track, understand and articulate the influence that workstream has had.

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Opening Up Parliament: Barriers to Engagement and Participatory Potential - What Academics Think

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Efforts are being made at Westminster to open up the UK Parliament to a wider range of public voices, including a more representative selection of academic researchers. So what can universities and Parliament do to encourage a more diverse range of academics to engage? UPEN decided to carry out a survey of 790 university academics and researchers to find out.

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

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This 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.

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Celebrating two years of the Knowledge Exchange Unit in UK Parliament: our achievements, learnings and next steps

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Jump straight to the report here.

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Celebrating 2 years of the Universities Policy Engagement Network

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This week we celebrate two years of the Universities Policy Engagement Network!

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A practical guide for establishing an evidence centre

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In the UK we have recently seen a range of new evidence centres being launched to combat pressing social issues.

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PODCAST: Stephen Meek talks academic-policy engagement with the Foundation for Science and Technology

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Stephen Meek, UPENís Chair (2019-20) and Director for the Institute for Policy and Engagement at the University of Nottingham, recently spoke with Gavin Costigan, Chief Executive of the Foundation for Science and Technology (and last year's UPEN Chair).

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Evaluating academic engagement with UK legislatures: Exchanging knowledge on knowledge exchange

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This research emerged from consultation with the four UK legislatures in early 2019:

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Engaging with UK Government Areas of Research Interest: Learning and insights from UPEN

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Good policy is built on good evidence. Evidence isnít the only factor; good policy requires an understanding of how to deliver, for example. But the best policy draws on up to date research, evidence and analysis from across all disciplines, rather than relying on received wisdom or a narrow evidence base.

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Structurally unsound - Exploring Inequalities: Igniting research to better inform UK policy

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Choose any year at random over the past fifty years and youíd be almost certain to find at least one piece of equalities focused legislation enacted in that year. Yet stark inequalities remain embedded in UK society, permeating throughout our social structures and institutions.

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New report calls for the establishment of a National Centre for Universities and Public Policy

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A new report by University of Bath Institute for Policy Research (IPR), University of Bristol, PolicyBristol, Cardiff University, and the University of Exeter, calls for the establishment of a new National Centre for Universities and Public Policy, to support an ongoing culture change around valuing academia-policy engagement.

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How to guides- UK Parliament

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Working with Parliament can be confusing, so we've put all you need to know in one place.

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Future of social science - insights, opportunities and expectations

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Research funding is going through a period of rapid change, including the introduction of a number of significant new research funds. The content in this section provides information on these changes and the funding opportunities for social science research to make a contribution to society. It is designed to help you navigate new UKRI funding streams and explain how you can get involved with them.

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IfG mentions UPEN on its new report 'How academia can work with government'

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Read the full report here: http://bit.ly/UPEN_IfG_report_April19

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Written evidence submitted by UPEN for the House of Commons Liaison Committee on Effectiveness and Influence of the Select Committee system

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This submission is from the Universities Policy Engagement Network (UPEN), a network of 30 UK universities who are working together to improve dialogue between academics and policymakers and to increase the public policy impact from their institutionsí research portfolios.

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Applications are now open for the 2019 pairing scheme- they will close on 7 April 2019

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Each year 30 research scientists are paired with UK parliamentarians and civil servants. They learn about each otherís work by spending time together in Westminster and the researcherís institutions.

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UKRI GCRF Health and Context call 2019 - outline

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The UKRI GCRF Health and Context call is seeking proposals for interdisciplinary research addressing wider contextual factors contributing to the burden of infectious and non-communicable diseases (NCDs). These factors may include social, cultural, historical, and religious beliefs and practices, or wider biological, ecological and environmental factors. We want to fund consortia conducting ambitious research that:

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GCRF Gender and intersectionality and Education as a driver of sustainable development network plus

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We are pleased to invite proposals for a new Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) Network Plus call. This call will have two separate thematic areas of focus, and applicants can apply to either distinct strand through this call. One theme will be Gender and Intersectionality and the other theme will be Education as a Driver of Sustainable Development.

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£45 million boost for big data bioinformatics research to drive discovery

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A £45 million boost to data and building infrastructure will support major advances in areas such as drug discovery, cancer genetics, regenerative medicine and crop disease prevention over the coming decades.

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Parkinsonís trial aims to detect disease earlier

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The PREDICT-PD trial, carried out by researchers at UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology and Queen Mary University of London, is seeking to recruit 10,000 participants over the age of 60 who do not have Parkinsonís to answer an annual online questionnaire and other tests sent in the post.

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Recruitment campaign ĖPartner toolkit

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The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is seeking to appoint new members to its Register of Specialists.

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Prof. Rachel Mills, UoS, sharing her experience of giving evidence

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Are you a researcher thinking about policy engagement? Listen to @unisouthampton Prof. Rachel Mills sharing her experience of giving evidence @CommonsEAC. Watch the full video here: http://bit.ly/PPSRachelMills @UoSCommsAllison

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The Transforming Construction Network Plus - Round 1 call for Small Projects

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The Transforming Construction Network Plus is funded by the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund to bring together experts from a range of disciplines with industry and policy makers to tackle the most pressing problems in construction, manufacturing, digital and energy to transform the way we build.

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Nurture genius in developing countries with smarter investments

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The world is missing out on breakthrough science because exceptionally talented young people from low- and middle-income countries do not receive appropriate levels of support to help nurture their genius, according to a new study.

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Committee inquiries: Open calls for evidence

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Committee inquiries that are accepting written submissions are listed below.

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Reverse 'Question Time' event gives policymakers chance to quiz academics

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How can we build closer working relationships between academics and policymakers?

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Parliament and me podcast

UCL Public Policy Parliament and me. https://www.ucl.ac.uk/public-policy/new-podcast-series-parliament-and-me

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What is UPEN?

Gavin Costigan unpacking what is UPEN and why has it been established. https://vimeo.com/298170037/7021d47756

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