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What are the INE Policy-Hosted Fellowships?

The new INE Policy-Hosted Fellowships programme offers a funded opportunity for colleagues based at Newcastle or Northumbria Universities to spend a focused period of time embedded within a regional policy organisation.

In 2024, for the pilot round of the scheme we are offering one INE Policy-Hosted Fellowship, hosted by the Newcastle City Council (NCC) Executive Office. The successful Fellow will be funded to spend between three and six months based at NCC, working closely with policy professionals on a project that strengthens the contribution of academic research to policy development, implementation and/or practice. This is a particularly exciting time to work with NCC, which is one of the seven local authorities covered by the new North East Mayoral Combined Authority to be established in May 2024.

There are two strands to the new INE Policy Fellowships programme: the INE University-Hosted Fellowships, which allows for universities to host policy professionals; and the INE Policy-Hosted Fellowships, allowing policy organisations to host university-based colleagues. This page discusses the INE Policy-Hosted Fellowships.

What are the benefits of being an INE Policy-Hosted Fellow?

Engagement and impact beyond academia. Our INE Policy Fellows will gain insights that feed directly into local and regional policy development, implementation and evaluation. Depending on the project focus, our Fellows could be supporting actions to alleviate child poverty, reduce domestic carbon dioxide emissions, or address health inequalities across our communities. This is a unique opportunity to explore how your research, professional or technical expertise can have a direct impact outside the university.

Networking and partnerships. INE Policy Fellows will make new contacts and develop new professional relationships, becoming part of the wider network of researchers, policy actors, practitioners and other professionals across the North East of England. This will help to maximise the social and economic impact of the publicly funded research carried out in our world-leading universities. Working in partnership together, we can pool our expertise and resources to address some of the region’s most pressing challenges.

Continuing professional development. By spending time in a new work environment, INE Policy Fellows will develop new ways of thinking, experience differing perspectives, and gain a deeper understanding of the challenges faced in an unfamiliar field. This will contribute towards their continuing professional development, feeding directly back into their everyday work practice.

Details of the INE Policy-Hosted Fellowship 2024

Timings. The Fellowship activities will take place in spring/summer 2024 for a period of three to six months. We can be flexible to meet the needs of the successful applicant.

Fellows will be expected to contribute at least 50% of their working time to the Fellowship, and there is scope for both full and part-time working. Please do contact us if you would like to discuss any aspect of flexible working with regard to the Fellowship.

Focus and activities. Applicants are encouraged to consider a project that ties in with one of the following three key thematic areas, which centre on our Universities’ research strengths:

  • Net Zero
  • Inclusive Growth
  • Health & Wellbeing.

These areas can be interpreted in their broadest sense, and we would encourage colleagues who are unsure if their project would be suitable to contact us ahead of making an application.

Activities that would be covered by the Fellowship scheme include:

  • Activities (seminars, meetings, workshops) to facilitate the development and management of relationships with colleagues from the policy sector
  • Co-design of research-led tools and resources aimed at maximising the application of research outputs in policy settings
  • User-led, co-produced research, where the Fellow engages directly with policy makers and/or practitioners to jointly shape the research agenda and apply research to live policy or practice issues.

INE Fellowships will not fund:

  • Research consultancy
  • Student placements (as these have a different funding mechanism across both universities)
  • Projects for retired/Emeritus staff
  • Academic conferences that are insufficiently focused on policy engagement.

Outputs. Fellows will be expected to produce short reports for INE during and after their Fellowship, some of which will be publicised on our website and through social media. These reports will also help INE to improve the Fellowship experience and offer in future years.

Funding and working location. INE will provide salary costs/teaching buyout and directly related project costs up to a total cost of £20,000. These directly related costs may also include additional funding for expenses associated with their Fellowship work (e.g. travel over normal work-related travel costs; attending conferences; producing  publications, etc). This resource will be negotiated with the Fellow’s home Unit/School on an individual basis, and the home Unit/School will administer the financial aspects of the Fellowship. Policy-hosted Fellows will also be able to apply to the INE Catalyst Fund to support any further research opportunities arising from their Fellowship project. This supplementary funding will be negotiated on a case-by-case basis.

It is expected that the Fellow will take a hybrid approach to flexible working, being based both at their home institution and at NCC. The INE team will work with the Fellow and NCC to develop key contacts and support induction/practical working arrangements. NCC will provide desk space, fob to access to premises, IT log-in, support with induction and networking.

Eligibility. In 2024, the Fellowship programme will be open to employees of Newcastle and Northumbria Universities only. INE is committed to supporting equality, diversity and inclusion. We strongly welcome applications from colleagues from all university Faculties, Departments, Schools and units, at all levels of their career (including early career), and on all contract types (academic, Professional Services, full/part-time, open-ended/fixed-term, etc). Prospective Fellows must hold a contract of employment that runs for the duration of their Fellowship. Applications are equally welcome from colleagues new to, or experienced in, policy engagement.

Applying for the INE Policy-Hosted Fellowship 2024

The application form can be found online below. Applications should be submitted before the deadline of 5pm, Friday 12 April 2024.

An informal online information session for prospective applicants will be held at 3pm on Wednesday 13 March; if you are interested in attending this, please register your interest here.

This is a competitive programme. Applications will be assessed via a joint selection panel featuring representatives from INE and its partner organisations.

Applicants should discuss this opportunity with their subject lead/direct manager/line manager and, where relevant, their Head of School/Department/unit manager, before submitting an application. We strongly advise that you include a letter of support from your Head of School/Department/unit manager as part of your application. Applicants are also encouraged to consult their local research support team to ensure compliance with costings and eligibility criteria, approval processes and guidelines.

INE is committed to supporting equality, diversity and inclusion, and we would like to encourage applications from as a wide range of colleagues as possible. Please do contact us in advance of your application if you have any particular needs that may need additional consideration. For this and any other questions regarding your application, please email INE Capacity & Capabilities lead Alison Clarke.

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About Insights North East: 

Insights North East (INE) is a collaboration between Newcastle University, Northumbria University, the NHS, North of Tyne Combined Authority and Newcastle City Council. INE is harnessing the investment in research and regional knowledge assets for the long‑term benefit of the North East by producing accessible and actionable insights for North East policymakers. We are also developing capacity and capability so that this becomes a sustainable, embedded and systemic activity.

We also run an INE Associates programme for colleagues looking to build effective relationships across the North East research-policy ecosystem, but who may not have the time to commit to a Fellowship. Please contact us via our website if you would like to learn more.

About Newcastle City Council:

Thank you for your interest in working with Newcastle City Council. This fellowship is a significant opportunity to make your mark in one of the UK’s leading cities– a place bursting with culture, opportunity and people who are passionate about the place they call home. You can find out more about our organisation here: 4a. Council Plan.pdf (newcastle.gov.uk).