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Line-up confirmed for March 22nd Policy Engagement Training event

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History and Policy is pleased to announce the final line-up for the first of its Policy Engagement Training Sessions for historians and Social Scientists, which will take place on 22nd March 2016 at Kings College London. Line-up details of the 25th April event will follow presently. 

Drawing on H&P’s connections in Whitehall and civil society, delegates will hear from civil servants, NGO leaders, journalists and historians with experience in government, Parliament and beyond.

This bespoke training course is for all academics ranging from PhD students to professors. There are 30 free spaces on the course for academics from the Social Sciences and Public Policy faculty at King’s College London.

KCL Staff & Students wishing to reserve a space should contact H&P directly at 

Non-KCL cohorts wishing to attend can purchase spaces on the course (£300pp for both courses) should purchase their tickets through the KCL e-store:

Please find below the full programme details: 

Policy Engagement Training for Historians and Social Scientists - Workshop 1

22nd March 2016 - Strand Building, King's College London

Chair: Paul Lay, Editor, History Today

9.00am - Registration and coffee


Introduction to the day - Paul Lay, Editor, History Today


Session 1: scenario case study - War and terrorism: managing fear

PanelistsSir John Chilcot, former civil servant, Secunder Kermani, BBC Newsnight, Professor Edgar Jones, King's College London

9.30-10.15am: History and practice 

Each panellist outlines his/her role as it pertains to the theme of the panel. The chair introduces the scenario and sets up the student task.

10.15-10.45am: Students prepare briefing

Students split into groups (up to 5 groups) and prepare a briefing for a minister as per the scenario and task. Panellists circulate among groups, with each group able to ask them up to three questions to assist in their preparation of the briefing. The chair and H&P staff will also circulate amongst the groups to assist with any other queries.

10.45-11.30am: Briefings presented

One person from each group presents their work in no more than 5 minutes. Panellists offer feedback.

11.30-11.45: Break

11.45am-1.30pm - Session 2:  Case studies of engagement

Dr Catherine Haddon, Fellow & resident historian, Institute for Government

Dr Andrew Blick, Lecturer in Politics and Contemporary History, ICBH, King’s College London

Dr Lucy Delap, University Lecturer in History and Fellow of Murray Edwards College, Cambridge


1.30-2.15: Lunch

2.15pm- 3.30pm - Session 3: introduction to action planning

Participants will synopsize their research in a few paragraphs and consider the following: 

  • Key messages – the learning from your research for current policy, ideas, debate. Think about what you want to influence.
  • Target audience(s) – who do you need to reach in policy-making-and- shaping-spheres with your key messages?
  • Techniques – how will you reach those audiences?

2.15-2.25pm: What is an action plan? Examples in course pack

2.25-3pm: Participants draft key messages and consider target audiences  

3-3.30pm: Discussions and questions about the action planning process

The above is the core of an Action Plan for Policy Influence that participants will finalise as part of take-home work. The deadline is 11th April 2016. This session will be led by H&P Directors Dr Delap and Dr Andrew Blick, with Public Affairs Manager Billy Davis. 

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