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Academic Engagement with Policy and Programme Stakeholders

15/02/2013 (11:00-17:30)
Lunch and refreshments will be provided. All welcome. Admission free. To register please email Oliver.Heath@rhul.ac.uk


Interactive workshop organized by the Centre for Social Sciences.

The ‘Academic Engagement’ event brings together policy and programme stakeholders and academics to discuss and share their expertise on how academic research can influence and make a demonstrable impact upon policy design and programme implementation.

The objective of this open dialogue workshop is to help academics better understand and directly engage with the policy and programme ‘user community’.  

Senior policy officials will share their experiences of academic engagement for policy design and development, explaining how the policy process works, how best to engage with it and how this relationship can endure.

Leading academics will share their experiences of engaging with policy-makers, applying and communicating research findings effectively, lessons learned of this mutually beneficial relationship and how academics can contribute as policy and programme advisers;

Senior programme providers will share their experiences of implementing policy through programmes and the crucial role academics can play as advisors in directly influencing programme implementation to help research to further deliver a demonstrable impact.


11:00     Arrival and Coffee

11:10     Welcome and Introduction – Dr Oliver Heath

11:15     Overview of the policy-making process – Zamila Bunglawala

11:30     Academic Presentations –

  • Dr Matthew Goodwin, Politics and International Relations, University of Nottingham and currently seconded to the Department of Communities and Local Government
  • Professor Jonathan Wadsworth, Department of Economics, Royal Holloway and LSE

12:15     Q&A

13:00     Lunch

14:00     Policy Presentations

  • Nick Starkey, Deputy Director Big Society, Office of Civil Society, Cabinet Office
  • Ed Moses, Deputy Director and Head of Social Care Strategic Policy and Finance, Department of Health

14:45     Q&A

15:30     Coffee

15:45     Programme Presentations –

  • Vidhya Ramalingham, Projects Coordinator, Security and Integration, Institute for Strategic Dialogue
  • Ross Frenett, Projects Manager, Against Violent Extremism Network, Institute for Strategic Dialogue

16:30     Q&A

17:15     Wrap-Up

17:30     Close



This workshop will take place on Friday 15 February in MX034, situated to the rear of the Management block, Egham campus, Royal Holloway. The workshop is free to attend and open to Royal Holloway academics and research students who would like to learn more about the policy making process and programme implementation. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

If you would like to register to attend please email Oliver.Heath@rhul.ac.uk

Please note that places are limited so an early response is advised.


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