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November 19, 2020 Thursday 11:37:02 AM IST

UCL tops list of universities most engaged with UK policy

Policy Indications

UCL is the most active university in regard to academic engagement with policy, according to policy impact tracking website Overton, which analysed the number of citations in policy documents collected from government, intergovernmental organisations and think tanks worldwide, as well as mentions of UK academics in government sources. Russell Group universities dominated the list - UCL ranks first, with 5.4% of the total number of citations and mentions included in the study, followed by the University of Oxford (5.0%), Kings College London (4.8%), University of Cambridge (3.9%) and Imperial College London (3.4%).

The study findings come just months after UCL announced its £3.9m Research England project Capabilities in Academic Policy Engagement (CAPE), in partnership with the Universities of Cambridge, Manchester, Northumbria and Nottingham and in collaboration with the Government Office for Science, the Parliamentary Office for Science & Technology, the Alliance for Useful Evidence, and the Transforming Evidence Hub. The project aims to support effective and sustained engagement between academics and policy professionals across the higher education sector and reveal the hidden stories that lay behind these concentrations.

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