What is UPEN?

The Universities Policy Engagement Network, UPEN, is a community of UK universities committed to increasing the impact of research on policy.

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.

A practical guide for establishing an evidence centre

thumbnailIn the UK we have recently seen a range of new evidence centres being launched to combat pressing social issues.

PODCAST: Stephen Meek talks academic-policy engagement with the Foundation for Science and Technology

thumbnailStephen Meek, UPENís Chair (2019-20) and Director for the Institute for Policy and Engagement at the University of Nottingham, recently spoke with Gavin Costigan, Chief Executive of the Foundation for Science and Technology (and last year's UPEN Chair).