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IPPR@universities involves the formation of partnerships between IPPR and student-led think tank societies. The aim of the initiative is to extend our networks and draw students into the policymaking domain.

The first association was with the Warwick Think-Tank Society. Three other student-led think-tank societies have since joined: Sheffield, Manchester and York.

Through IPPR@universities we are committed to providing opportunities to all students from all backgrounds and experiences. We also hope that IPPR@universities will act as a springboard, bringing a wider and more diverse set of people into careers in politics, research and policymaking.

For the students participating in the IPPR@universities programme, we believe it offers an opportunity for them to enhance their understanding of policymaking and politics, to see their thinking reach a wider audience, and to build their enthusiasm and skills in policymaking, potentially equipping them for a future career in the area.


The annual programme includes:

  • The IPPR@universities policy journal, Metis
  • Invitations to attend IPPR events with guest speakers, including national figures from politics and the policymaking community, to promote public discussion and support private roundtables amongst the student body regarding specific issues that have arisen out of the larger debates or private research.
  • ‘Café Politique’ events – public meetings designed to engage the wider student body and local community in debate and discussion around public policy.
  • Work experience opportunities – students will have the chance to visit both our London and Newcastle offices to learn about the day-to-day environment of a thinktank.
  • Connections with IPPR researchers – students have the opportunity to speak frequently with IPPR researchers to help gain expertise in all relevant subjects.