Professor Sir Martyn Poliakoff and Minister for Universities and Science, Jo Johnson MP at Nottingham in Parliament Day

March 2, 2018, by Rob Ounsworth

Update: Institute for Policy and Engagement

As part of the University’s Research Vision, we have established the Institute for Policy and Engagement  to support the reach, impact and reputation of our research.

There are three initial pillars within the Institute:

1) to provide specialist support for global policy impact and engagement

2) to provide the University with a hub to better support public engagement with our research

3) to provide a platform and space for research-driven thought-leadership for those across all of our campuses that are not only exceptional researchers, but also exceptional research communicators.


Stephen Meek started as Director of the Institute for Policy and Engagement in September. His previous roles include board-level positions at both the Departments for Education and Communities and Local Government. His career began at HM Treasury, and has included spells at the Local Government Association and helping Cambridgeshire and Peterborough develop their successful devolution proposals. He is a member of REF Main Panel C and has worked extensively on developing the research/ policy interface across Whitehall.

Find out about Stephen’s vision for the Institute here

Chris Sims is the Head of Global Policy Impact. His background includes work for the FCO in South Korea and the Netherlands, establishing the City and Guilds Policy Office in India, and roles at Stonewall, Teach First and the Big Lottery Fund.

Dr Rachael Pearson, who has been Researcher Training & Development Manager for the Graduate School, will start in the new year as Head of Public Engagement.

Mădălina Stălniceanu is working at 0.5FTE as Policy and Public Affairs Coordinator, with the other half of her role remaining in the Global and Political Affairs Unit. Charlotte Lee, who previously worked for the Registrar’s Department, is Administrator and Executive Assistant, while Irena Hulova, who worked as Senior Parliamentary Assistant to Alex Norris MP, is Administrator and Executive Assistant – Start Up and Projects.

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