Policy Week 2015
Policy Week 2015 took place from 2-6 November, and had the theme of Science, Technology and Public Policy. It was part of the European City of Science 2016 programme.
See the full programme of events in the Policy Week 2015 Programme Handbook (PDF).
Prof Luke Georghiou, Vice-President for Research and Innovation, shares his highlights.
Watch the video
Outputs from each day
The Pros and Cons of Fracking
- The Pros and Cons of Fracking: A lively start to Policy Week 2015 - Storify
- Policy Week: The pros and cons of fracking - Blog post by Samuel Wood
- Crowd control at three events this week: the exciting life of an event host and chair - Blog post by Michael Taylor
Buying with a Conscience: Curbing Crude Oil Theft in Nigeria
- Introductory presentation by Omonigho B. Otanocha (PDF)
- Presentation by Akii Ibhadode (PDF)
- Presentation by Etiyin (Dr) Etim Okon Edet (PDF)
Can Researchers Speak Truth Unto Power?
- Policy Week: Can Researchers Speak Truth Unto Power? - Blog post by Laura French Constant
Film: The Age of Stupid
Climate Negotiations Simulation
Disruptive influence: How will emerging technology impact Higher Education? Keynote address by David Willetts.
How Much Evidence is 'Enough' Prior to Policy Implementation?
- Policy Week: How Much Evidence is ‘Enough’ Prior to Policy Implementation? - Blog post by Laura Ffrench Constant
Using digital technology to assess quality in the arts
- Culture Metrics blog post on Policy Week event: Using Digital Technology to Assess Quality in the Arts
Video: The Manchester Experience: Science, Technology and Engineering Education Enrichment in Greater Manchester
Disruption: A Film by Kelly Nyks and Jared P. Scott
Powering the Northern Powerhouse
- Powering The Northern Powerhouse - Storify
- Policy Week: Powering the Northern Powerhouse - Blog post by Jim Pendrill
- Powering the Northern Powerhouse - Blog post by Hollie Ashworth
- Illustrative outputs and ideas by Manchester Energy News
- Soundcloud audio talk by economist Vicky Pryce
Rethinking UK Research Funding
- Rethinking UK Research Funding: Report, Part 1 - Blog post by Dr Eric Silverman
- Rethinking UK Research Funding: Report, Part 2: The Vengeance - Blog post by Dr Eric Silverman
- Rethinking UK Research Funding: Proposals to Benefit Both Research and Researchers - Rethinking Research UK
- How does short-term research affect reproducibility, ethics and outcomes? - Presentation by Adisa Azapagic (PDF)
- Research funding and delivering cross-sector collaborations - Presentation by Dr Peter Simpson (PDF)
- The culture of scientific research in the UK - Presentation by Elizabeth Bohm (PPTX)
- Athena SWAN: Promoting sustainable research careers - Presentation by Dr Ruth E Gilligan (PDF)
- Research, Innovate, Grow: Research Councils delivering excellence with impact for economic growth and wellbeing - Presentation by Iain Cameron (PPTX)
- Creating sustainable research careers: An evaluation of the HE sector’s record - Presentation by Michael MacNeil (PPTX)
- Creating sustainable research careers - Presentation by Laurence Hopkins (PDF)
Digital Boom or Tech Time Bomb? The Impact of New Technology on Northern Lives
- Digital Boom or Tech Time Bomb? The Impact of New Technology on Northern Lives - Mix cloud audio recording of a presentation by the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR)
Synthetic Biology: Reshaping the future?
- Why synthetic biology has the potential to reshape our lives - Blog post by Philip Shapira
- Synthetic Biology: Reshaping the Future? Manchester Policy Workshop Considers Implications of SynBio - Blog post by Yanchao Li and Philip Shapira
- Synthetic Biology: Reshaping the Future? Report by Yanchao Li and Philip Shapira (PDF)
- Synthetic Biology at the University of Manchester - Presentation by Rainer Breitling (PDF)
- Biohacker Movement - Presentation by Asa Calow (PDF)
- What is Responsible Research and Innovation? - Presentation by Sally Randles
- Responsible innovation and synthetic biology - Presentation by Prof Phil Macnaghten
- Responsible research and innovation: From policy to practice - Presentation by Sarah Hartley
What is citizen social science, and how can it help make policy?
- Policy Week: What is citizen social science, and how can it help policy? - Blog post by Laura Ffrench Constant
Notes on a Drugs Scandal : In Conversation with Prof David Nutt
- Notes on a Drugs Scandal: Prof David Nutt In Conversation with the BBC's Victoria Gill - Storify
- Policy Week: Notes on a drugs scandal - Blog post by Samuel Wood
- The scientist sacked by the government: in conversation with Professor David Nutt - News article by Tori Blakeman
Technology and Healthcare - Empowering the patient; influencing policy
- Policy Week: Technology and healthcare; empowering the patient and influencing policy - Blog post by Laura Ffrench Constant
- Technology and Healthcare: Empowering the Patient and Influencing Policy - Presentation by Dr Amir Hannan (PDF)
Greater Manchester Devolution: Implications for Dementia Services
- Dementia pilot - Presentation by Professor Nigel Hooper (PDF)
- MICRA and Dementia pilot - Presentation by Maxine Power (PDF)
Climate, Crises and Policy
- Manchester: A Certain Future - Climate, Crises and Policy - Blog post by Joshua West
On the Home Front: The Challenges of Reducing Household Energy Use
- On the Home Front: SCI and CIED at Manchester Policy Week - Blog post by Dan Welch
Physical Vulnerability and Frailty: Building Resilience in Older People
- Inequalities in later life: patterns, consequences and policy responses - Presentation by James Nazroo (PDF)
- Vulnerability, resilience and inequality: expert briefing on improving later life in Greater Manchester - Presentation by Dr Ivan Benett (PDF)
- Ageing in Greater Manchester - Presentation by Paul McGarry (PDF)
- How Age UK’s locally are working with older people to promote resilience, prevent frailty and minimize inequalities - Presentation by Bernadette Ashcroft (PDF)
Clicktivism: New Politics, Old Voices?
- Clicktivism Politics Project - Google drive photo gallery
Meet the Government Office for Science
- A conversation with the Government Office for Science - Presentation by Dr Jo Dally
Engagement between Scientists and Politicians: Communication of Evidence and Ideas
- Engagement Between Science and Politicians: Dr Sam Illingworth chaired an excellent discussion featuring Prof Amanda Bamford, Richard Walker from the RSC, Caroline Kenny from POST and Lucy Powell MP - Storify
- Twitter Q&A: Engagement between Scientists and Politicians - Twitter question and answer session (run in parallel to Policy Week session)
- Policy Week: Engagement between scientists and politicians - Blog post by Laura Ffrench Constant
Policy Week 2014
Manchester Policy Week 2014 took place on 3-7 November, and had the theme of Addressing Inequalities. It included lectures, debates and workshops organised by researchers across the University, featuring high-profile figures and policy influencers.
Outputs from each day
- Exploring wellbeing in schools; what is it and is it valuable? - Presentation by Carl Emery and Dr Michael Wigelsworth (PPT)
- What no Education Secretary Wants to Hear: Uncomfortable Propositions about Education Policy and Educational Inequality - Presentation by Ruth Lupton (PPT)
- Primary and Secondary Education and Poverty Review - Presentation by Alice Sullivan, Roxanne Connelly and John Jerrim (PPTX)
- Bedroom Tax? Children, Families and Education - Presentation by Joanna Bragg, Erica Burman, Laura Cutts, Anat Greenstein, Terry Hanley, Afroditi Kalambouka, Ruth Lupton, Lauren McCoy and Kate Sapin
Video: Manchester Education Debate - 'Closing the socio-economic attainment gap - where should society go next?'
Video playlist: The Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership: Cash Bonanza or Risky Deal?
Health inequalities: Impact and outcomes across the lifecourse
Inequality and Housing
- Inequality and housing: urban perspectives - Presentation by Danny Dorling