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Government and Non-Profit

  • Opportunities in policy and beyond
  • Embarking on a career in the public sector
  • Hear from industry professionals (former postdocs)

This cluster comprises the rich range of opportunities available to you within varied bodies in the public and third sectors including: the civil service, central and local government, charities and foundations, international development organisations and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and intergovernmental organisations (IGOs).

Roles in policy and beyond

Roles in policy may immediately come to mind when considering how your research experience could transfer to employers within this sector and we explore these in the Policy resources below.

There are a range of opportunities beyond policy within this cluster (and indeed there are policy roles within many of the other clusters), communications and public relations (PR), project management and contract management to name just a few.

We’ve also engaged with national charities The Reader and Good Things Foundation, as well as smaller specialist charities such as the SCI foundation which carries out research and delivers programmes related to neglected diseases in sub-Saharan Africa.

Below is a curated collection of videos and resources around specific topics. You can navigate the blocks using the arrows and click on the one you wish to view. Playlists will load into the space above.

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SCI Foundation
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Dr Gabrielle Laing discusses her work as a Health Policy Adviser at SCI Foundation.

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The Reader
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Dr Clare Ellis discusses her work at The Reader, a national charity which supports shared reading communities.

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The Brilliant Club
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Rosa Smith in conversation with Dr Lauren Bellaera and Dr Chara Simitzi about their roles and experiences of working at and for The Brilliant Club.

This interview was recorded in November 2023.

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Working at The Reader
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Zoe Gilling and Anna Wells discuss their work at The Reader.

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Working at the DWP
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Sian Knight discusses her work as a Lead User Researcher at the Department for Work and Pensions.

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Other resources you might like to check out

Research Culture Uncovered podcast from University Leeds S5E2 'Working with policymakers with Professor Ilias Trispiotis'

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