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Testimonials about the IPR Policy Fellowship Programme

Comments previous IPR Policy Fellows have shared about their experiences of participating in the Programme.


"I found it very thought provoking, with each meeting having at least one idea that I have taken away as being useful for me here."

- Stephen Muers, Director, Criminal Justice Policy, Ministry of Justice

"I thoroughly enjoyed my day with you and found the conversations I had with your colleagues were extremely helpful and informative. It gave me lots of ideas which I intend to incorporate into my advice to Ministers engaging in the EU exit discussions… Given how long the impacts of Brexit will be felt, I think there are some fascinating future research topics here too."

- Neil Johnson, Deputy Director, EU and International Affairs Division, Department for Work & Pensions

"Over the two days I spoke with a group of people with a wide range of interests who were all happy to chat to me about their work and about the areas I had flagged of interest. The conversations covered a considerable amount of ground, much of which I can take back and feed directly into ongoing research and policy debates in the joint work and health unit – in terms of research and associated academic developments, understanding the broader landscape, testing ideas and approaches and, to a useful degree, of the challenges about how best to develop the trials on which I am working. It may also be that some of the conversations can continue to develop as work progresses with the future benefit of greater collaboration. I thought that the two days was put together very professionally and so thank you for all your hard work."

- David Johnson, Head of Innovation Evaluation, Work and Health Unit

"I was very impressed with the initial orientation and on-the-day organisation of the visit. Secondly, the “fit” was excellent between the questions I had formulated, and the conversations you arranged with Professor Gregg, Dr Walker, Dr Jawad, Mr Cressey and Prof Fullagar. I particularly appreciated the open way in which latest and ongoing research was shared with me, alongside the different perspectives offered through the IPR’s multi-disciplinary approach. I am grateful for the amount of time that was made available, as well as the openness of the conversations, so please pass on my thanks for this."

- Andy Thomas, Strategic Manager, Communities, Bath & North-East Somerset Council

"An excellent opportunity to learn both about research at the University of Bath, and to gather valuable perspectives and expertise to inform policy development. All of the meetings were insightful and valuable. The highest value came from the reflections the academics could make on ‘what works’ and from the alternative perspective they could provide on the landscape. I have already recommended this programme to colleagues."

- Freya Pascal, Senior Policy Advisor, Office for Artificial Intelligence, UK Government

"We all thoroughly enjoyed the day - every session was incredibly useful, and each academic offered a different perspective. Honestly one of the best courses that we've been on, and the day has given us a huge amount of enthusiasm for our work."

- Edward Gilbert, Team Lead International Directorate, Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport, UK Government

"I enjoyed all my meetings, and I had some very informative and interesting discussions at each meeting that made me a lot more informed on the policy areas I am currently working. Taking part in the PFP allowed me to make connections with academics who work in the same policy space, with the meetings informing my thinking and helping me to develop ideas and perspective on various policy areas."

- Anvar Sarygulov, Researcher, Bright Blue

"I wanted to email to say a huge thank you on behalf of all of us for our policy fellowship. We enjoyed it immensely and found it very stimulating. We are already starting to work on how to integrate some of the ideas into our work and are following up with reading some of the speakers’ research papers."

- Vicky Fox, Director of Regulation and Insight, IPSA

"It was truly brilliant to spend the day speaking with experts across Bath's faculties and to find so many areas of common ground with your academic community."

- Bethan Charnley, Head of Strategic Projects, Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation

"The fellowship provided me access to some of the University’s leading professors, lecturers and researchers. I was exposed to a comprehensive range of academic disciplines: from political science to machine learning, and from social science to law. The fellowship was instrumental in building my understanding of technology governance, and ultimately, in helping me lay the foundation for the AI and Machine Learning section of the DCMS consultation Data: A new direction."

- Isabelle De Pauw, Head of Data Rights, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport


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