Getting Research into Public Policy: Summer School

Birmingham Business School (G03) University of Birmingham
Social Sciences, Students
Monday 1st (00:00) - Wednesday 3rd July 2013 (00:00)
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To book a place on GRIPPSS please contact Mattias Hjort ( by Friday 21 June 2013.

Supported by ESRC Doctoral Training Centre

YOUR research is needed for effective and informed public policy. Come along to this FREE 2.5 day Summer School to find out just how you, as a postgraduate researcher, can engage with public policy debates and how your research could feed into policy and legislation at local, national and global levels.

Experts from the University and beyond will share their experiences of engaging with public policy and, working within teams, you’ll develop strategies for engaging with public policy, with prizes for the best team strategy.

Purpose of the Summer School

Many researchers want their research to have impact on people’s lives, on business practice or on policy decisions. In addition to wanting to make our research relevant beyond academia, there are many incentives for seeking impact. These include

  • The Research Councils requirement that the research they fund must have impact.
  • The Research Excellence Framework scoring on impact.
  • Organisations seeking new evidence, ideas and ways of doing things.
  • Policy-makers seeking ‘evidence-based policy’.

GRiPPSS focuses on public policy. In attending this summer school, research students will gain knowledge about how policy is made and be inspired by the range of strategies and actions that can be employed to engage in processes of shaping and making public policy.



The two and a half day Summer School includes presentations and group work that illustrate the wide range of direct and indirect approaches academics can use in seeking to inform public policy debate.


  • Presentations from academics whose research has influenced public policy in different ways and through different means
  • Presentations on how public policy is made, who makes public policy and how to identify stakeholders
  • Presentations from users of research
  • A team task running through the summer school in which each group develops a strategy for informing public policy
  • Opportunities to socialise with fellow research students and with presenters at break times and at a wine reception on Monday evening, to be held at the Barber Institute.

At the end of the summer school, each group will present their strategy, with a prize awarded for the strategy judged to be the best. All students who attend the summer school will receive a certificate.

Who should attend?


The summer school is relevant for University of Birmingham research students from all disciplines, research areas and countries and for students at any point in their degree programme. You’ll have the opportunity to meet and learn from research students from other colleges and countries, as well as be inspired to carry out even more robust and policy-relevant research.