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Research and Innovation Services

Public Policy Training and Events

We run regular workshops and events throughout the year, including advice surgeries, training sessions, fellowships and showcasing events.

Policy Drop–in Sessions

Wednesday 4th April 2018 at 2pm to 4pm, Palatine Centre PC005

The policy team within Research and Innovation Services are hosting a one-to-one drop in session to advice anyone wanting assistance in engaging with policy makers.There is no need to make an appoint or register for this session.If you would like further information or assistance please contact Lisa Hodgson on 49204 or email

Wednesday 16th May 2018 at 2pm to 4pm, Palatine Centre PC002

The policy team within Research and Innovation Services are hosting a one-to-one drop in session to advice anyone wanting assistance in engaging with policy makers.There is no need to make an appoint or register for this session.If you would like further information or assistance please contact Lisa Hodgson on 49204 or email

Policy Engagement for Impact – Wednesday 11th April at Kenworthy Hall, St. Mary's College

The policy team are hosting two 'Policy Engagement for Impact' lunch time sessions where there will be an opportunity to hear from experienced academics about their experience of engaging with policy and policymakers. The first event will take place on Wednesday 11th April in the Kenworthy Hall at St Mary’s College at 12:00 till 14:00 and lunch will be provided.

The confirmed speakers are Alex Densmore from Geography, Lisa Hodgson from Research and Innovation Service and a further speaker is to be announced. If you would like to attend this event please register here

If you would like to attend any future workshops please email your details to and we will keep you informed.

Scottish Parliament Academic Fellowship Scheme

Last week the Scottish Parliament launched its Academic Fellowship scheme. Please see here for an overview, including details of current Fellows. The window for application is extremely tight with the deadline for applications being 5 January 2018. If you are interested in applying to this scheme please contact Neil Heckles on or Lisa Hodgson on We may have some funding available to support any successful placements.

There are two application routes:

Stream 1: Academics apply for a specific project defined by the Parliament under one of the following policy themes. As well as general circulation, please forward to academic colleagues with research expertise in these areas.

1.International trade

  1. Innovation in farming and food
  2. Effectiveness of economic development
  3. Digital justice
  4. Post legislative scrutiny
  5. Waste
  6. Health – integration of services
  7. Good Food Nation

Stream 2: Academics propose a project.This can be on any topic of clear relevance to parliamentary business, in particular original analytical or primary research

If you would like further infromation please contact the team by phone on 49204 or email

‘Blogging for Impact’ – Professor Colin Talbot, Cambridge University - Wednesday 29 November Holgate Room Grey College. 1 – 2.30 pm (lunch from 1-1.30)

Professor Talbot was founding Director of the Policy@Manchester network, and a former advisor to both the Treasury and Public Administration Select Committees. His advice on public sector performance, public spending systems and civil service reform has been sought by governments around the world – including the OMB in the USA and Prime Ministers and Cabinet Department in Australia. His research on Government, Academics and Policymaking has included experimental virtual Policy Labs.

Professor Talbot retired from the University of Manchester in summer 2017 and is currently an emeritus Professor of Government and Public Policy and Research Associate with the Judge Business School and Cambridge Public Policy. In this workshop he will discuss his experience and success in engaging policymakers through online blogs and ‘virtual policy labs’.

This event has taken place but if you would be interested in attending an simular event in the future please contact us on

Open Calls for Academic Parliamentary Fellowship Scheme

The UK Parliament is piloting an Academic Fellowship Scheme that will offer academic researchers at every stage of their career the rare opportunity to work on specific projects from inside Westminster’s walls.

The Parliamentary Academic Fellowship Scheme is offering academics from different subject areas and at any career stage the opportunity to come and work in Parliament.

Funded by monies made available to universities to increase the impact of their research, the Scheme includes opportunities for academics to work on specific projects proposed by offices inside Parliament, as well as enabling academics to propose a project of their choosing.

To apply for the Fellowship scheme please complete the below application form and return it to before Monday 14th August 2017.

Please see below a short presentation from the Academic Parliament Fellowship scheme that provides more details. For further information and the application guidelines please Parliament UK website.

The external deadlines are (all applicants have to go through the internal process frist);

Stage one - Applicants submit an Outline Application (essentially an expression of interest): Midnight 4th September

  • This will provide a brief description of the proposed project and indicating a preferred host parliamentary office.
  • Academics notified about decision in principle (e.g. whether they have been shortlisted by parliamentary offices): Friday 15th September

Stage two - Applicants shortlisted in stage one would be invited to progress to the stage two – preparation of a Detailed Application. This would elaborate on the Outline Application and would be required to be submitted: Midnight Friday 13th October.

  • We expect that parliamentary staff to want to interview candidates before making a decision. Interviews with academics: Week commencing 23rd October.
  • Candidates will be informed as to whether they are successful by Monday 30th October.

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact Neil on 44641 or email


Future Events

Further details will soon be available on this page of furture events and workshops. In the meantime, join our mailing list to receive regular updates, as well as information about placement opportunities and open consultations. You can register to receive these updates by emailing