Policy Leeds works to connect policy professionals with researchers and to nurture long term and productive collaborations and engagements. We offer a number of services for both policy professionals and researchers to make this happen.

Policy professionals

Policy Leeds provides a coordinating contact point for policy professionals to find the research expertise you need at the University of Leeds. The University has a strong and diverse research base, meaning we have access to an enormous range of expertise in many different policy relevant areas. We can provide everything from individual introductions through to organising roundtables or seminars. Where appropriate, we will look to support developing longer term relationships through our strategic policy initiatives or other innovative collaborations. Please contact us to start a conversation.

This website hosts a range of policy-relevant resources to inform and challenge policy thinking, based on the latest research evidence and ideas. These include a series of policy briefs, blogs and evidence submissions. If you can’t find what you are looking for, need something bespoke, or would like to suggest a topic for one of these strands, then please get in touch to discuss.

Researchers 

We support researchers to develop their policy engagement work, policy networks and pathways to impact, and to connect with others within the University with similar interests.

Our rapid response fund will support researchers to quickly take advantage of opportunities for policy engagement. Our strategic policy initiatives will build momentum and develop or deepen policy relationships for key research areas. 

Policy Leeds will share information on opportunities for policy engagement and resources for professional development via the Engaged Research Team on Microsoft teams (open to University of Leeds members only, search on Teams or get in touch by emailing policyleeds@leeds.ac.uk to be added). The Engaged Research Team will also give researchers a way to connect to others across the University interested in policy engagement to ask questions, join in conversations, share intelligence and best practice. Termly Policy Leeds seminars will similarly provide an opportunity to find out what others are doing and to network.

We can also provide bespoke guidance and coaching if you want to develop your policy engagement but aren't sure where to start, or want to know how to take it to the next level. 

Please contact us if you would like to discuss any of this further.