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Durham University

Research and Innovation Services

Support For Researchers

The Public Policy Hub supports researchers to realise the societal benefits of their research through engaging with public policy. Our responsibilities include:

  • Delivering strategic support for research engagement with policy, including acting as a first point of contact for policymakers wishing to learn more about our research
  • Growing and maintaining relationships with members of the policy community aligned to the University’s research interests and guided by academic leaders
  • Gathering intelligence and insight about forthcoming opportunities to engage with public policy, and understanding where we can add greatest value within this sphere
  • Facilitating dialogue and discussion between researchers and policymakers through events and tailored practical support, particularly in areas where research has been identified as a priority for REF
  • Providing training and producing guidance materials to support researchers to engage effectively with public policy.

Policy Engagement Innovation Funding

The Public Policy Hub are piloting some funding for testing new approaches to public policy related research engagement. The total funding available (which is fluid between the three strands) is:

2017/18 (financial year): £10,000

2018/19 (financial year): £15,000

We envisage funding being used for relatively short term activities and up to around £2k, being used in three main ways, but as this is a pilot are open to discussing other ideas with people.

1. Placements and exchanges

2. Experimental policy engagement pilots

3. Rapid response

Please see further guidance and FAQ's here.

Contributing to Parliament Office of Science and Technology (POST)

POST are looking for contributions from various stakeholders including academia, industry, government departments to their current and future work for POSTnotes.

POSTnotes are four page summaries of public policy issues based on reviews of the research literature and interviews with stakeholders from across academia, industry, government and the third sector. POSTnotes are often produced proactively, so that parliamentarians have advance knowledge of key issues before they reach the top of the political agenda.

Please see the below link to ongoing and future projects approved by the POST Board.

For additional information, or to contribute evidence, literature, or as an external reviewer please contact expressing which project you are interested in contributing to, how and what your expertise is.

The Policy Hub are happy to assist anyone wishing to contribute and we would like hear if anyone does contribute. Please contact us at

Research and Innovation Services

Mountjoy Centre

Maple Wing

Stockton Road




Telephone number: 0191 334 9204