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Policy impact

Policy impact

Support for Policy Engagement at Leeds

Research is most likely to have policy impact when it is timely, relevant, accessible, of good quality, and where a trusted relationship has been developed between researchers and policymakers. There are two key mechanims for this at Leeds:  

  • Policy Leeds is a coordinating support hub, helping link activities across the University and promoting this work to policy actors. Juliet Jopson (Policy Officer) is the main contact.
  • The Yorkshire & Humber Policy Engagement & Research Network (Y-PERN) is a network funded by Research England that includes all the local universities. Get in touch with the Y-PERN @ Leeds team to find out more. 

Juliet also coordinates a network of everyone from across the university with an interest in policy engagement. 

Development programmes and self-guided resources

Policy Engagement Kickstart Programme

Policy Leeds, OD&PL and others from the policy network deliver the Policy Engagement Kickstart programme. It is aimed at researchers and research support staff who are relatively new to policy engagement, the course will explain the structure of government, provide a realistic view of how policy is made and help you to increase the impact of your work. It will run twice in 2023/24.

LinkedIn Learning: Policy Influencing Collection

All staff and students at the University can access learning content on LinkedIn Learning. We've created a collection of resources for policy influencing (both nationally within the UK and internationally). Some of these resources have been written by ourselves and some are from sources we recommend.