Photograph by Daniel Bron, CC BY-SA 3.0

Thursday 3 September 2015, Leeds Beckett University, Leeds City Centre

Organised by

Heritage Consortium AHRC Centre for Doctoral Training (Bradford, Huddersfield, Hull, Leeds Beckett, Northumbria, Sheffield Hallam and Teesside Universities)

SEAHA Centre for Doctoral Training in Science and Engineering in Arts Heritage and Archaeology (EPSRC-funded, UCL, University of Oxford, University of Brighton)

With thanks to funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council

Applications are invited for a training day in Heritage Public Policy Engagement.

The objectives of the training day are –

  1. To raise participants’ awareness of the importance of public policy engagement, of the different forms it can take generally, and those relevant to Heritage in particular.
  2. To equip participants with the requisite knowledge of the regulatory and governance frameworks for Heritage-relevant public policy in the UK and EU, at national, regional and local levels.
  3. To provide the means for participants to identify their own public policy engagement training needs and to plan a public policy engagement strategy relevant to their own research and career goals.
  4. To facilitate engagement between participants, experts and policy-makers within a structured and supportive setting.

Provisional Programme

Public Policy Engagement for Heritage Researchers

Leeds, Thursday 3rd September 2015

This one-day event addresses topic of public policy engagement for Heritage scholars. It is aimed at PhD students and early career researchers working on heritage issues. The day comprises individual themed sessions on various aspects of the public policy engagement process led by scholars and practitioners, and builds upon the online modules: ‘Heritage: the regulatory and governance environment’, and ‘Public Policy Engagement on Heritage: planning and demonstrating your strategy’. 


Welcome and Introduction

Theme 1: Shaping the Message

Communicating the relevance of academic research to a non-academic audience and specifically public policy stakeholders is a challenge which requires training and support. This session will focus on the content of participants’ engagement activities, building upon their work on the two preparatory online modules.

Theme 2: Being Heard

Having a sound message is a necessary, but not sufficient component of successful engagement. The process of communication is examined here, including assessing the uses of social medial to engage with policy-makers.


Theme 3: Inputs into Policy: Working with Parliament and Government

This session looks in more detail at specific avenues for engagement with both parliamentary and governmental actors, including parliamentary select committees, government departments, individual MPs, political parties and senior civil servants.

Theme 4: Inputs into Policy: Local-Regional-National-EU

This session addresses issues of scale, recognising the multi-level nature of the regulatory and governance environment, and the differing configurations of resources, competencies, needs and actors (including NGOs and pressure groups) at each level.

Each theme will be facilitated by a member of the Public Policy Engagement for Heritage team from the University of Hull and Leeds Beckett University, and will feature inputs from representatives of local and central government, public affairs professionals and academic experts.


Eligibility and Application Process

Priority will be given to AHRC-funded and SEAHA doctoral students, with any vacant spaces then open to other doctoral students and early post-PhD researchers.

Applicants will have to complete a short registration form (below), including monitoring of diversity.

Successful applicants will be expected to complete online training in advance of the training day, which should take approximately 2 hours.

We are still accepting relevant applications until all places have been taken.

Please note that although the training is free of charge, we do not have extra funding for travel. Your AHRC Consortium or SEAHA will be expected to pay travel and, where necessary, accommodation expenses, so please check with your CDT or DTP whether this is possible before applying. There is no need for Heritage Consortium PhD students to check in advance of applying.

Photograph of the Houses of Parliament by Daniel Bron, CC BY-SA 3.0,

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