What we do

The Institute consists of two core teams that respectively focus upon policy and public engagement, as well as collaborative projects at the interface of the two different strands. Together, our teams help the University of Nottingham's world-leading research reach the right audience. 


Policy impact

The University of Nottingham’s world-class research offers knowledge of relevance to the full range of policy issues facing decision makers across the globe. The Institute works to ensure this vital insight is heard where it can make a difference.

The policy impact team works with academics to help them understand the needs and perspectives of policy audiences at local, regional, national and international levels, and to develop the skills and knowledge needed to communicate with them effectively.

We support academics to build effective partnerships in pursuit of policy change and to create long term strategies for effective policy engagement.

For policy makers and policy-focused organisations, we offer a way to connect with world-leading researchers across the University’s five faculties. 

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Public engagement

Public engagement is about sharing and involving others in our research. Our public engagement supports academics who want to inspire people of all ages, gain insights and share tools to help make sense of a complex and changing world.

Public engagement activity can range from outreach activities in schools, to patient involvement, citizen science and collaborative research projects. The team help University of Nottingham academics and their partners to formulate high-quality public engagement initiatives, through training, events, networks and one-to-one support.

For an overview of how we have previously worked with staff from across the university to embed new skills, build connections and reach communities read our public engagement summary report 2021-22.

You can also watch our public engagement video to discover some of the fantastic recent projects we have delivered or supported. 




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