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As an agency specialising in issues-led engagement, Showrunner supports researchers at multiple leading universities to achieve impact with their work. We provide training, targeted stakeholder engagement support and content creation services for academics working across a variety of disciplines at universities including Durham, Exeter, Essex and Southampton. 

Our 2022/23 programme includes a new range of training opportunities and support activity, including:

  • Online training workshops that build understanding of policymaking institutions and processes
  • In-person development masterclasses to help hone policy influencing techniques and skills 
  • Bespoke toolkits to guide individual academics on how to direct and prioritise policy influencing activity 
  • Ongoing support for individual academics and research centres seeking to build their profiles and influence among policy audiences 

“Showrunner’s trainers really understood universities and pitched everything perfectly for an academic audience – which is unusual in my experience. Their workshops were very engaging and interactive and I’ve taken away a lot of useful information. I feel much more confident and able to think strategically about policy impact, particularly in how to work with the media in a way that suits me.”
Dr Sarah Bulmer, Senior Lecturer, University of Exeter

“Showrunner’s training was transformative for me! It’s really changed how I see policy impact and has made me so much more confident and excited by what I can do. The confident yet nurturing tone of every session increased my knowledge and awareness but, perhaps more importantly, my confidence to share my work. The training has given me a new understanding of how policy influencing works that I’ve already been able to incorporate into funding proposals.”
Lynne Cairns, PhD Researcher, University of Durham

Showrunner’s workshop was really well-delivered and provided some very interesting insights from experts with a wealth of experience in policy engagement. The trainers did a great job of ensuring that the academics that took part were engaged and interested throughout the whole session.
Dr Beverly Wilkinson, Research Impact Manager, University of Essex