Diverse policy voices

An online event exploring professional support staff and technicians’ engagement with policy initiatives across UK higher education.

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Discover brand-new survey findings, hear from the research sponsors and contribute your questions to a panel discussion with local, national and regional policy stakeholders and organisations involved in co-creating the survey.

Wed 9th June 2021

12:30 – 1:30pm GMT+1

Zoom

Agenda and speakers:

12:30 – 12:35 Welcome and Brief introduction to the context of the research

12:35 – 12:50 SHIFT Insight presentation on report and findings

12:50 – 13:00 Audience Q&A

13:00 – 13:25 Reflection on findings – Sponsors and Partners – Followed by Audience Q&A

Panel Members:
Anja Roeding Professional Research Investment and Strategy Managers (PRISMs)
Suzanne Nestor-Robson Newcastle University Policy Academy
Simon Breeden Technician’s Commitment
Anette Bramley N8 Partnership

13:25 – 13:30 Next steps, thank you and close

About this project

Diverse knowledge is increasingly being valued and promoted across the higher education sector, with a vision and mission that encourages all to have the freedom and opportunity to succeed.

Funders, when reimagining the research landscape, are reviewing who they consider to be key players in higher education research culture. More focus is being placed on diverse career pathways and creative outputs in team science and scholarship. And the parity of esteem between education job families is gaining increased currency in this space. 

Based on research commissioned by Newcastle University Policy Academy, a situational analysis has been conducted of the current engagement by professional support staff and technicians with policy initiatives across the country’s higher education sector. It aims to highlight best practice, capture experiences of policy engagement, and identify the barriers to engagement amongst the allied academic community. 

The open access survey, co-designed with policymakers, has concluded and this event showcases its findings. At the launch, attendees will hear from Shift Insight, as the report authors. They will also hear from our sponsors and be invited to contribute questions to a panel discussion with local, national and regional policy stakeholders and organisations involved in co-creating the survey.