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Mon 15 Jan 2024
10:00 - 12:00

Venue: West Hub, West Room 1

Provided by: Researcher Development Programme (RDP)


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Engaged Researcher-Introduction to Policy Engagement

Mon 15 Jan 2024


In this session Dr Holmes-Henderson (Durham University) and Owen Garling (Bennett Institute for Public Policy at the University of Cambridge) will explain routes into policy engagement for researchers in Humanities and Social Sciences disciplines. They will explain the benefits for academics and their institutions of sharing academic research with policymakers in government, parliament and the devolved nations. This will be a practical and interactive session, with the opportunity to ask questions and design a strategy for getting started.

Dr Arlene Holmes-Henderson is Associate Professor in Classics and Ancient History at Durham University where she holds a British Academy Innovation Fellowship (2022-2024). As an expert in Classics outreach and knowledge exchange, she engages diverse stakeholders to explore ways to widen access to the study of the classical world.

Working at the intersection of research, policy and practice, Arlene collaborates closely with policymakers in government and parliament on issues across the Humanities and Education. An affiliated researcher with the Bennett Institute, Arlene sits on AHRC’s Public Policy Advisory Board. Her successful policy engagement with a range of partners has been showcased in this short video:

Owen Garling is the Knowledge Transfer Facilitator at the Bennett Institute for Public Policy where he provides an important conduit between its own researchers and policymakers in the UK and internationally. His work helps to ensure that the Institute’s research is focussing on the questions that matter, and that it reaches the right policymakers and public audiences for making a positive difference. Owen’s work covers all of the Bennett Institute’s research themes: Place, Progress, Productivity and Decision-making in Government. With over two decades of experience of working in the public sector in and around Cambridge he has a particular interest in how the Bennett Institute’s work can support policymakers working at regional and local levels as well as at a national level.

Target audience
  • PhD students
  • Post-docs
  • Researchers
  • Public Engagement Professionals

Number of sessions: 1

# Date Time Venue Trainer
1 Mon 15 Jan   10:00 - 12:00 10:00 - 12:00 West Hub, West Room 1 map Owen Garling

By taking part in these courses, researchers will be able to: • Understand the benefits and drawbacks of engaging with policymakers • Identify appropriate audiences for their research • Choose the most effective model of engagement (One-off, series, co-production) for their research • Identify possible collaborators from within academia, policymaking or industry • Understand how to evaluate the success of their engagement. • Best engage with policymakers to ensure their work is being considered.

Advanced Policy Engagement Session

Once completed this session, participants will be able to sign-up for the "next steps in Policy Engagement" training. Based on their learnings from the introduction session, participants will be able to discuss and deepen their engagement with policymakers.

Led by Dr Arlene Holmes-Henderson (Durham University) and Owen Garling (Bennett Institute for Public Policy) it will explore funding opportunities for collaboration with policymakers and will provide examples of successful partnership projects. Researchers from a range of disciplines will be offered support to disseminate their research in formats favoured by policymakers. The Bennett Institute and the Cambridge Centre for Science and Policy will outline the support available to researchers who want to become more policy-engaged. This will be a practical and interactive session, with the opportunity to ask questions and meet colleagues from across the University.

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