A view of the Scottish Parliament building  in Edinburgh with Calton Hill behind it.

Policy Scotland is part of a wide network of knowledge exchange units in UK universities that connect researchers and students with opportunities for engagement and tools to improve their policy impact.

We represent the University of Glasgow on the Universities Policy Engagement Network (UPEN).

We work with partners to circulate opportunities for policy engagement to Glasgow academics, including:

Policy impact resources

These are some of the resources we have used in our recent policy impact training for researchers and research students. They contain links to useful existing resources and provide top tips for achieving policy impact, understanding your stakeholders and writing policy briefs.

Policy engagement and how to write a policy brief

This training was produced in collaboration with SPRE for an event for PhD researchers entitled Policymakers and your PhD, organised by University of Glasgow Research and Innovation Services.

While those in attendance were postgraduate researchers, the material used in the training is useful for all types of academics interested in improving their impact and engagement with policymakers. The session gives an overview of engagement (the who, what, when, where and how) and goes into detail on how to write a policy brief.

Understanding and reaching your stakeholders

This training was originally delivered to Scotland’s Third Sector Research Forum Conference and focused on understanding how policy actors in a variety of fields are stakeholders in your research, and how to reach them. Includes some common methods for stakeholder mapping.