Loughborough University Policy Unit

The Policy Unit provides a channel for the University's research and researchers to realise productive and beneficial impact on public policy, at local, national and international level.


It aims to enhance and strengthen the University’s research impact by:

Influencing policy through authoritative engagement and dialogue

Shaping political and civic debate

Promoting a research and evidence-based approach

Maximising policy impact

Loughborough University’s fields of research range from sports science to climate science, from fact-checking to storytelling. Its strategic priorities are in climate change and the drive to net zero; sport, health, and wellbeing; and vibrant and inclusive communities. But despite this diversity of specialisms, all Loughborough University researchers share common values for our research to be collaborative, adventurous and creative.

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Our people

Find contact details and information regarding all members of staff in the Policy Unit.

Work with us

Loughborough University’s researchers are at the forefront of interdisciplinary working for societal benefit and with 91% of our research classed as world-leading or internationally excellent (REF2021).

Loughborough University has policy partnerships and collaborations with local, national and international institutions. We can partner to, for example, to: provide private briefings, contribute to roundtable discussions or generate new knowledge.

Please get in touch with Graham Hitchen if you would like to find out more, or Paddy Smith to work with us.