Public engagement project

In 2015 we successfully bid for £30,000 from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), to support a public engagement pilot training programme. The programme aimed to showcase the role of arts and humanities research in public policy-making processes. The main objectives were to:

  • Enhance all PGR’s awareness of the potential policy relevance of their work
  • Provide specialist practical training for PhD students and ECRs to enhance research impact and employability
  • Enable PGRs to build in appropriate policy impact to research design
  • Generate partnerships with a wide variety of public policy organisations

To achieve this aim the consortium held a workshop on ‘Becoming an Influential Researcher’ in November 2015, developed a range of online training materials (below) and published a report in March 2016.

Interviews with influential researchers

A set of four written interviews with early and mid-career researchers from across the NWCDTP addressing why and how to engage with policymakers, based on their own experience.

Read the interviews

Asking experts: engaging with policymakers

Four experts in influencing policy from UK Parliament and the third sector give video interviews based on their experiences.

Watch the interviews

Academic presentations on becoming influential

Three academic researchers who have made an impact on policy through their research, give presentations based on their own experiences.

Watch the presentations

Resources on writing for policymakers

Resources to support writing for policymakers including policy brief templates and advice for novices.

View the resources

Future plans

Beyond the pilot phase, we will be holding two discipline specific events in 2016. Participating PGR students across the consortium will be equipped with the tools and connections to explore policy-related placements, internships and careers.

Across the broader arts and humanities PGR community it is intended that these future activities will encourage research collaborations and capacity-building as well as providing platforms to shape policy debates.