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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.

‘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’.

If you would like to attend this event please register here.

Research, Impact and the UK Parliament Training Event

The event will explore how to use research to engage with Parliament and will take place across the UK with an event in Newcastle on Tuesday 12 December at 1.30pm.The training events give an overview of Parliament and then cover ways to work with the institution, including details on Select Committees, legislative scrutiny, the House of Commons and House of Lords libraries and the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST). Training is interactive with plenty of opportunity for discussion and questions

Please click here for more information, details and how to register for this training event.

Durham Public Policy Seminar Series

‘Life Chances of Young People in Scotland’

Naomi Eisenstadt, Scottish Government Independent Advisor on Poverty and Inequality Durham University Business School

11 October 2017 at Durham Castle, Senate Room

12 – 2 (lunch from 12)

In 1999 Naomi became the first director of the Sure Start Unit. Starting out in the civil service with responsibility for Sure Start local programmes, her portfolio grew over seven years to include early education, childcare, parenting policy, and extended schools. She then spent one year as the Secretary of State’s Chief Adviser on Children’s Services. Her last three years before leaving the civil service were as Director of the Social Exclusion Task Force. Naomi will be reflecting on and offering insights into her most recent role, with the Scottish Government, which has included engaging with academics, civil society organisations and young people, in particular her final report which makes recommendations about improving social mobility and life chances for young people.

This event has now closed and video of the event will be posted shortly.

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