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Universities Policy Engagement Network (UPEN)


What is UPEN?

The Universities Policy Engagement Network, UPEN, is a network of over 60 UK universities (to date) who are working together to increase the public policy impact from their research.

It was co-founded in 2018-19 by the University of Southampton who acted as chair and secretariat during the first year and passed the role to the University of Nottingham for 2019-20.

UPEN offers a dedicated contact point for policymakers, and a collective response to requests for evidence.

It organises knowledge exchange events with government, parliament, devolved bodies, and identifies mechanisms to take forward specific projects.

UPEN is also developing best practice amongst universities in policy engagement activities, and will act as a champion for this relatively new role within universities.



Gareth Giles, Head of Public Policy|Southampton writes about what knowledge brokerage brings to policymaking.

Yaryna Basystyuk

A toolkit for engaging with local government

Yaryna Basystyuk, Policy Engagement Manager at Public Policy|Southampton, on her blog for UPEN, reflects on the key factors that can lead to success when engaging with local government.

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Learn more on how Public Policy|Southampton supports researchers engage with policymakers at a local, national and international level

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