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Upcoming Training Sessions

Public Policy|Southampton offers a series of practical policy training sessions designed to support the process of engaging policymakers with your evidence.

Delivered by external and internal experts, these sessions can be taken in isolation based on your specific needs or as a series providing the opportunity to gain a rounded view of what policy impact is, how to measure it and the tools and techniques needed to achieve it.

So You Think You Want To Do Policy?

Are you an Early Career Researcher considering how to get involved with policy impact? Join as we hear from PhD students who have undertaken policy placements with our partners in government and local council. Seyed Toliyat completed a placement with the Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CCAV), a joint endeavour between Government's Department for Transport and the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy. Meanwhile Karolina Zarzyczny has been an active member of the Greenprint project, a collaboration between a number of local partners to promote green recovery in the Central South. This event is an opportunity to learn more about the upcoming placements for this academic year and have your questions answered by the team. This event is open to those at all stages of their research journey.

Details: 14:00-15:30, Wednesday 2nd November 2022, online (link on registration)

Government Analysts and Academics: Bridging the Gap by Nigel Campbell

Delivering this session will be Nigel Cambell, who is Head of Delivery Analysis and Defra Covid Data; SCS economist and policy adviser at Defra (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs). In his previous role as the Chief Analyst in the Cabinet Office’s Implementation Unit, Nigel worked on the Prime Minister’s implementation priorities which combined analysis with frontline fieldwork in order to strengthen delivery. In this session Nigel will share his experiences as a senior civil servant and some of the policies he worked on. Nigel will also be identifying how and why members of the academic community might wish to consider engaging government analysts as part of their research.

Details: 14:00-16:00, Wednesday 18th January 2023, Room 13, Building 3021 Highfield Campus 

Engaging with UK Parliament by Dr Wassim Dbouk 

Learn from PPS' own Dr Wassim Dbouk and colleagues on how to practically and successfully engage with UK Parliament, including by providing written and oral evidence. Hear about how we match launched inquiries with University of Southampton expertise, as well as the support we provide along the way for experts interested in responding. Your impact could range from being cited in proposed recommendations to the ensuing adoption of new or changed Government policies. These contributions can also be recognised in letters of support/recommendation from the Committee, so often prove to be a valuable opportunity.

Details: 14:00-16:00, Wednesday 25th January 2023, hybrid (link on registration)

Embedding Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in Your Policy Impact by Laura Bea

This session will provide introductory thoughts and frameworks on how to include principles of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion when you are thinking about policy recommendations based on your research. This will include using Bacchi's WPR approach (Whats the Problem Represented), Haraways Standpoint Theory and Crenshaw's Intersectionality Theory to reflect on personal positions and assumptions that come through when thinking about policy recommendations. No prior academic knowledge of these theories are needed for the session. The session will also introduce a professional framework, the Equality Impact Assessment, that could be used to think and reflect more critically about the impact of the impact you are aiming to achieve.

The session will be led by Laura Bea, current Network Manager for the Universities Policy Engagement Network and previous PPS Specialist Policy Officer (EDI), and they will be joined by additional guests who will provide additional insight into the above.

Details: 14:00-16:00, Wednesday 15th February 2023, online (link on registration)

To book a place for any of the above sessions, please visit:

Students via PGR Manager: 

Members of Staff via Staffbook:  

If you have suggestions of topics you would like us to cover please email us.

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