A 2-day residential programme for hands-on training and knowledge exchange, Policy Stories, Or How to Make Friends and Influence Policy took place in Edinburgh City Centre at the Scottish Storytelling Centre & the Scottish Parliament on 19-20 November 2015.

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Combining talks, performances and workshops, Policy Stories: Or How to Make Friends and Influence Policy was a unique and innovative 2-day residential event of hands-on training and knowledge exchange. Funded by the AHRC, 22 doctoral researchers from 12 universities worked with leading policy makers, academics and professional storytellers to explore how research can have an impact on policy-making.

Legacy Resources

A bank of free on-line materials that any PhD or early-career researcher can use to discover how their own specialized research can influence policy.  These resources are designed for individuals and  groups to replicate the ‘Policy Stories’ training with visiting academics and policy-makers in their own communities.

It is our goal that, by the end of the course, researchers will be better equipped to communicate their research outside of the academy academy and so better able to make a real, positive difference in the wider world.


Read more about our speakers here.

  • Professor Philip Schlesinger, Professor of Cultural Policy, the University of Glasgow 
  • Professor Michael Russell, MSP; Former Minister for Culture; Former Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning
  • Philip Deverell, Director of Strategy with Creative Scotland
  • Dr Annie Tindley, University of Dundee, Fellow of the RSE Young Academy of Scotland
  • Marion Kenny, artist and storyteller based in Edinburgh
  • Ken Hughes, Assistant Chief Executive, The Scottish Parliament
  • Noel Fojut, Former Team Leader for Legislation, Culture and Heritage Division, Scottish Government
  • Terry Shevlin, Education and Culture Committee Clerk, The Scottish Parliament

The course culminated on Friday afternoon in an extended workshop session with Dr Mark O’Neill (Director of Policy, Research and Development at Glasgow Life),  Dr Jane Donald (Director of External Relations, RSNO) and Stuart MacDonald (Founder and Executive Director of the Centre for Cultural Relations, University of Edinburgh) in which delegates consolidated the knowledge and skills they gained into a 2-minute pitch for fellow participants.

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