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Support and Resources for Brunel Research Community


We aim to inform policy-makers and enhance public life through knowledge transfer and a breadth of world-leading research designed to meet the changing needs of society – locally, nationally and globally. In order to meet this aim, we support Brunel academics and researchers to engage with public policy through:




Policy Development Fund


The Policy Development Fund is designed to support the promotion of Brunel research to policy makers, legislators and regulators via events designed to foster engagement between research and policy.

Policy Development can include presentations and promotional activities to raise awareness of the policy relevance of Brunel research to relevant policy, legislative and regulatory audiences. It can also be a meeting/series of meetings to allow for academics, policy professionals, and policy practitioners to come together to discuss current priorities and proposals for future work.

The policy development is an open call with a rolling deadline. The panel will assess the application and come back to applicants within two weeks of submission. If you would like to discuss your application prior to submission please contact us on

To learn more about the Policy Development Fund, download the guide and application form available below




Public Policy Engagement resources


 Check our downloadable resources here (Brunel Staff Intranet).

You can also follow the parliamentary guidelines:

Other resources:

Search, browse or analyse Areas of Research Interest (ARIs) from UK governmental bodies, to see how your research could help solve problems and inform government policy.



Brunel Public Policy Network


 As members of our public policy network, you will:

  • Be added to our database of experts who engage with public policy
  • Receive our termly newsletter
  • Receive alerts for opportunities to engage with policy (usually targeted or filtered according to the expertise listed on our database)
  • Opportunities for advance registration for our training and policy engagement events

If you would like to join the Brunel Public Policy Network, please complete this form, providing your contact information and details of your area(s) of expertise/ desired policy engagement.



Public Policy Training and Events


We host training to equip Brunel academics, researchers and students with the skills, knowledge and confidence to engage with policy makers.

See our training and events page for listings of our previous and upcoming training and events and reports of previous events, as well as relevant externally hosted events that could be useful and open to Brunel staff. Most of our training is delivered in conjunction with the Open Innovation Team – a civil servant unit with whom the University has a long-term partnership. Find out more about OIT and their Brunel University partnership here. Our training and events can be broadly categorised as:

  • Policy engagement and writing training open to the Brunel academic and research community
  • Policy schools for students (competitive application extracurricular offering)
  • Policy events proposed and led by Brunel academics and researchers funded by the Policy Development Fund.
  • Policy engagement events organised by Brunel Public Policy.
  • Targeted policy training and engagement events for a specific team with identified policy potential. 



Responsive advice and support


We provide support for responding to parliamentary inquiries and government consultations through:

  • Guidance on how to frame responses.
  • Commenting on draft written responses.
  • Preparing you for committee meetings or meetings.

 If you want support with this or are seeking advice or support for a particular policy engagement opportunity not covered above, then please contact us at




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